Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2022

8 0 Destinations play a key role in the modern sailing experience. This is particularly true of Brittany Ferries’ Salamanca, which entered service in March 2022. Named after the western Spanish city, which is home to a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the oldest universities in Europe, the ship celebrates centuries of history, art and knowledge. Tastes of the city, the Castilla y León region and Spain can be found throughout the onboard spaces in everything from the bold artwork to the choice of catering. Swedish architect Richard Nilsson was entrusted with the interior design of Salamanca, having created the original E-Flexer layout and design for Stena RoRo. German marine interior specialist Rheinhold & Mahla was involved with outfitting and constructing the cabins at China Merchants Jinling shipyard in Weihai, China. In addition, Greek firm Aluminox Marine fitted out the kitchens and bar, and Spanish marine architecture firm Oliver Design installed the artwork and specific fittings and finishings. “Our ultimate goal is to provide the very best experience onboard,” said Catherine Querné, strategy director at Brittany Ferries, who oversaw the whole project. “The beauty of travel by sea is that your holiday starts as soon as you step onboard. Our priority is to surround the passenger with authenticity, relaxation and well-being. The journey aboard Salamanca will inspire them ahead of their visit to this wonderful destination.” Querné, Nilsson and artistic advisor Kimberly Poppe spent time in the city of Salamanca before beginning the interior design process, enabling each to bring their own experience to life onboard the ship. “Salamanca is so rooted in history that you sometimes feel in another world,” said Querné. “But because of its famous university, it also has an incredibly youthful and vibrant air. The artwork on deck 10 for example is inspired by the modern street art that enlivens the city’s old working-class districts.” The artwork onboard is central to Brittany Ferries’ passenger experience and connecting its ferries with the location and culture of their namesakes. It is a tradition that stretches back to 1989, when the line’s first bespoke superferry Bretagne featured commissioned INTERIOR V IEW Brittany Ferries continues to create vessels inspired by the destinations to which they sail, adding a Spanish flavour onboard the latest E-Flexer to join the fleet Salamanca “ The beauty of travel by sea is that your holiday starts as soon as you step onboard” Catherine Querné