Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2022

1 2 1 Once we were done, it wasn’t a training ship anymore – it was a yacht.” Despite its range of projects, Partner Ship Design approaches each with the same enthusiasm, to create the unique experiences that brands want to give to their passengers. “We dive into a project and, in cooperation with the owner, we achieve the best result for the guests.” But guest expectations are changing, and the requests of shipowners are evolving in tandem. In the past few years, the cruising industry has been investing heavily in energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels to minimise its environmental impact. “A lot of our vessels use LNG,” says Seidenfaden. “It’s not completely carbonfree, but it is a major reduction. It is a big step in the right direction.” Hogestraat also believes that it’s important to consider the life cycles of the materials used and design with that in mind. “We have been looking into how to use easily recyclable materials like aluminium and stainless steel with digital prints so that they can look like other materials, such as woods,” he says. “We can treat different media to give the illusion of others, which can also make them last much longer. “It is difficult though, especially since sustainable products often compromise fire-retardant qualities, which is one of the most important safety considerations on a cruise ship floating in the middle of the ocean. It’s a balancing act but the industry is definitely moving in the right direction.” CFI INTERV IEW Hanse Explorer has been transformed by Partner Ship Design from a training vessel into an exploration yacht, adding a new public area to the top deck to offer 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape