Cruise and Ferry Interiors 2019

5 0 Interior trends Designing ship interiors that remain relevant for many years is challenging. Johan Nordberg shares Viking Line’s considered approach with Rebecca Gibson V iking Line has often been considered an innovator thanks to the pioneering propulsion on its contemporary cruise ferries, which operate between Estonia, Finland and Sweden. Viking Grace, for example, was the world’s first large LNG-powered passenger ferry and as of 2019, the first to use wind propulsion generated by a rotor sail. When the line’s newest LNG- powered cruise ferry Viking Glory debuts in January 2021, she will be the most efficient vessel of her kind in the Baltic. However, Viking Line does not want to be known simply as a leader in sustainable propulsion; it also wants to be recognised as a brand that delivers an onboard experience with a ‘wow’ factor. To achieve this, the company must consider several factors. “We sail into small harbours and narrow passages in the Åland Islands, so this has an impact on the regulations we have to follow and limits the dimensions of our vessels,” says Johan Nordberg, architect for Marine Operations and Newbuilds at Viking Line. “This means we have less space on the inside the ships, so we must think very carefully about what onboard facilities we incorporate.” Designs must also cater to every passenger demographic. “We welcome passengers from Estonia, Finland and Sweden, as well as tourists from other European countries and further afield,” says Nordberg. “Some are travelling for business purposes, so they want amenities that will enable them to work onboard. Tourists might be sailing with us to get to their holiday destination, but they want good views of the Åland Islands, so we must have large panoramic windows. Meanwhile, locals who want to have a party weekend on our vessels expect high-quality entertainment. All FEATURE Viking Line’s use of neutral backgrounds and contemporary lighting furniture helps to keep Viking Grace’s interiors looking fresh and current