Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2023

171 Meanwhile, the Grand Dining Room was inspired by the great glass conservatories in Europe and features design highlights including a hydrangeainspired chandelier, hand-painted weeping willow wallcoverings and custom-designed parquet flooring. And in Pan-Asian restaurant Red Ginger, DADO has reflected the FrenchIndochina era by incorporating elements such as French Colonial-style caning, two birdcage chairs, pagoda-inspired lamps, chinoiserie pottery, wallcoverings with hand-painted landscapes, and a custom wall art installation comprising hand-blown glass and metal pieces inspired by the hanging lanterns of Hoi An in Vietnam. “We’ve taken this approach in all the public spaces we’ve designed across the ship,” says Ruiz. “For example, the pool deck is reminiscent of a private beach club at an exclusive Saint-Tropez resort, while a wall of windows in the Artist’s Loft will make guests feel like they’re immersed in a New York studio. “We carried out comprehensive research to enable us to carefully layer together little unique design details that capture the true essence and atmosphere of each destination or bygone era. This will add authenticity, so guests genuinely feel like they’ve been transported elsewhere.” DADO also extensively researched Oceania Cruises’ guests to fully understand their preferences and build a picture of the types of amenities and experiences that would be most meaningful to them. “Like Oceania Cruises, we’re laserfocused on perfecting all the little details that may seem insignificant on their own but come together to elevate the design and deliver a truly luxurious guest experience,” says Ruiz. “This was a particular priority in guest accommodation, where we’ve maxmised every inch of space to optimise storage and carefully considered how to use elements such as lighting and colours to invoke relaxation. We’ve also incorporated all the creature comforts that will make staterooms and suites feel like a home away from home, such as soft linens, comfortable pillows and power outlets by the bed.” Paying such fastidious attention to detail has also enabled DADO to make its designs as sustainable as possible. “Protecting the environment is crucial for both DADO and Oceania Cruises, so we’ve approached sustainability from multiple angles,” says Walton. “For instance, to improve air quality and prevent people from breathing in the volatile organic compounds emitted by dyed carpets, we’ve chosen Dansk Wilton carpets made from natural, undyed wools for the guest accommodation areas. “In addition, we’ve considered the cradle-to-cradle impact of the furniture, fabrics and other materials, sourcing them as locally as possible to the shipyard to minimise shipping emissions. We’ve chosen durable materials and pieces of furniture that will age well so they don’t need to be replaced every few years.” According to Walton, DADO’s focus on creating timeless, detailed designs that prioritise sustainability and longevity has led to a ship filled with innovative spaces that will stand the test of time. “Guests will be impressed from the moment they board – even walking into the atrium is like stepping into a piece of art,” he says. “There’s a sculptural staircase that winds its way up to the next deck with an incredible, floor-to-ceiling Lasvit chandelier at its centre. It’s a breath-taking sight that sets the tone for the other spectacular spaces guests will discover as they explore the rest of the ship. These small details will set Vista apart from other cruise ships.” Studio DADO has woven both traditional French and Vietnamese design elements into the Red Ginger restaurant to transport guests back to the French-Indochina era Little design details have been used to create a pool deck that will remind guests of an exclusive beach resort typically found in Saint-Tropez, France