Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2020

7 8 Stephen Fryers tells Alex Smith how the Celebrity Revolution project is bringing the innovative design concepts of the Edge-class to the rest of the Celebrity Cruises fleet R epresenting an investment of around US$500 million across its entire fleet, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Revolution is the cruise line’s biggest-ever modernisation project. With the help of more than 50 architects, designers and engineers, Celebrity is carrying out a complete refresh of its older ships, upgrading existing areas and adding new ones. According to Stephen Fryers, owner of STF Project Management and the overall project manager, there were two motivations for Celebrity in carrying out such an extensive refurbishment. “Firstly, the ships are at the age where brands typically begin to think about freshening up and modernising their existing fleet,” he says. “The second driver was doubtless the new ship, Celebrity Edge. With Celebrity Edge having so many new and innovative designs, it was a good time to replicate some of those ideas on the older ships.” With all nine of Celebrity’s Millennium and Solstice class ships undergoing the transformation, careful planning and cooperation has been required throughout the process. “Several design companies are employed on the project, with each having specific areas of responsibility for the designs,” says Stephen Fryers, “All these groups work very closely with the in-house teams to ensure that designs are meeting, and in most cases exceeding, the design intent. The contractors and major suppliers are brought into the process very early on. This allows for the design groups to collaborate with the contractors and suppliers to come up with workable and cost-effective solutions to achieve the overall designs. This means when we get to the dry dock, we should have very few problems related to material selections, technical issues and interferences all of which hopefully reduce any design changes.” The project began with renovations onboard Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Equinox REV ITAL I SATION Planning a revolution The Celebrity Revolution is introducing a new, expanded spa design by lifestyle brand Canyon Ranch