Furnishing the world’s newest, most luxurious cruise ship

  • PUBLISHED BY: TOM DOWDELL
  • POSTED ON: Monday 08, 2017
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The ship:

MSC Meraviglia is the newest and most luxurious cruise ship to launch. With 2,760 cabins carrying up to 5,714 passengers no expense was spared – this is the fifth ship in the MSC fleet to feature a Swarovski staircase. Scared you’ll get lost? No need, passengers are given a special wristband with many functions such as an interactive map and booking system for shows, restaurants and excursions. The wristband technology can even be used by staff for face-recognition purposes! I don’t think any of the passengers will get cabin fever on this ship with a 25 meter main open deck area with pool, and also a 10 meter indoor pool with retractable roof. And if that wasn’t enough… the ship also features a Polar Aquapark with 4 water slides.

The project:

The ship offers 20 bars and lounges including an authentic American Steakhouse, and a teppanyaki and sushi restaurant. UHS Group are delighted to have been involved in furnishing the restaurant and bar areas of the ship, which offer stunning panoramic sea views. We are also looking forward to working with MSC on supplying their contract furniture for future cruise ship projects.

  • PUBLISHED BY: TOM DOWDELL
  • POSTED ON: Monday 08, 2017
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

What do you do at UHS?

Provide graphic design content for brand publications, website development and social media engagement.

What do you do outside of UHS?

Go for walks along the Thames with my dog, brush up on my Table Tennis skills so Elston doesn’t beat me and follow the mighty Arsenal!

What is your favourite food?

Pasta… can’t beat carbo-loading!

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We are delighted to confirm that our Centurion chair has been tested by RIGA, and successfully passed the following tests:
BS EN 1022:2005 Seating Stability
BS EN 16139 Level 1 Safety Strength & Durability

According to the Standard the Centurion chair is now considered to be sufficiently stable, durable and strong enough for Heavy Contract Use.

Click here to download the RIGA Furniture Test certificate for the Centurion chair.

ABOUT RIGA

RIGA is an independent hospitality furniture testing house. Created by the industry wanting trusted professional clarity on furniture safety and supply in challenging public sector environments.
The world’s first hospitality dedicated endurance standard.
For more information on RIGA Testing go to: www.rigatest.com