The white, lightweight shells guide the gaze of the passengers in the outside cabins above away from the technology of the davits and towards the open sea. Due to the rigid sandwich construction, a ribless and smooth shape was possible. The CAD-supported design and CNC production also simplified the individual adaptation of the individual panels to sloping and curved edge cuts as well as to the tolerances of the shipyard steel construction. The panels are glued to the steel substructure exclusively with a high-performance adhesive.

The advantageous design options with fiber-reinforced plastics are also illustrated by two constructs that were assembled in the open leisure and sports area of both ships.

The so-called Viking pipes lead harmoniously in a double curved arc from the bulwark of a deck to the deck below. The pipe, with a diameter of 500 mm and a free length of approximately 9 m, was derived directly from the architect’s CAD model and manufactured using CNC-milled molds.

The connection of masts arranged in a circular arc to form a playing field boundary was represented here with a decorative crossbar, which made the curvature of the mast line clear and also offered the possibility of concealed installation of spot spotlights. The double-shell beam is made up of pluggable segments.

Lightweight construction on the upper decks and high corrosion resistance can be advantageously combined, especially in pool landscapes with fiber composite materials. The stair tower shown here gives the massive starting platform and the staircase of the water slide system an attractive “packaging”.


Client: Meyer Werft

Year of construction: 2000 – 2002

Shipping company: Royal Caribbean International

Superstructures: cover panels for lifeboats, Viking tailpipes, decorative beams for field boundaries, stair towers for water slides