On Sunday, September 6th, 2014 the students of the FIU Fall 2014 Cruise Ship and Super Yacht (CSSY) Graduate Design Studio – accompanied by coordinator Carmen Ferrer and their instructors Greg Walton, Vice President of RTKL Miami and Jorge Mesa, Senior Designer at RTKL Miami – embarked on a tour of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Sea. The second and newest of the Oasis class in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Allure holds the current title of being the largest cruise ship in the world. The ship can accommodate about 5,400 guests and has a crew of approximately 2,300.
This semester, the CSSY students are tasked with the design of a Teppanyaki restaurant on the Allure’s sister ship Oasis of the Sea. The purpose of the visit was a guided tour of the ship, in which instructors explained the “ins and outs” of ship design with specific attention to the space that will house the Teppanyaki restaurant in the students’ assigned scope of work. The opportunity to interact within the restaurant space allowed the students to gain a better understanding of the existing structure and to pose project-specific questions to their instructors.
The students also gained an understanding of how design is implemented within the ship, how it differs from land-based projects, and how different materials are used and installed in the ship’s interior spaces.
This article was written by Katrina Best, Graduate Assistant in FIU Interior Architecture. All images are provided courtesy of Katrina Best.