Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2020

8 6 Guests can enjoy a quiet moment to themselves in the Relax Lounge, which is filled with comfortable reclined chairs surrounded by partial privacy screens DFDS uses passenger feedback to ensure that its ships offer the types of onboard venues that will meet and exceed expectations T oday, many travellers regard the ferry journey as more than just a way to get from A to B; they view it as a key part of their holiday because it offers them the opportunity to relax, refuel and have fun in comfortable surroundings while travelling to their final destination. Consequently, they expect bright and modern environments with a similar shopping and dining experience to the one they would find in big shopping centres or airports. Open space is now equally as important, and our new designs really maximise this. DFDS aims to bring this modern world onto our vessels, while also enabling guests to make the most of the fact that they’re at sea. However, before we design any onboard spaces, we must first understand what our passengers want. Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a perfect onboard experience – some people want to socialise with fellow travellers, some want to enjoy food and drinks, and some simply want to unwind in a quiet space. We aim to create spaces for all these groups on our ships. All six ships on our routes between England and France have the same main onboard concepts, which include the Lighthouse Café, Horizon restaurant, Seven Seas Buffet, the Sea Shop and Road Kings, our dedicated space for commercial drivers, which has a restaurant and a lounge area. However, By Steve Newbery, DFDS Modern ferries for modern travellers DES IGN PERSPECTI VE