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VOICES: Tomas Tillberg

Colonies of confdent penguins, evidencing no fear of Majestic mountains of ice form natural sculptures At the English station of Port Lockroy in Antarctica, humans, approached Tillberg in Antarctica. in Antarctica. Tillberg’s party went ashore and enjoyed displaying a direc- tional cone to avoid a potential traffc jam.

Photo: Courtesy of Tomas Tillberg Photo: Courtesy of Tomas Tillberg

Photo: Courtesy of Tomas Tillberg

Tillberg’s team designed the interior for M/V Ocean At- lantic for Albatros Expeditions, photographed in Antarctica.

Photo: Courtesy of Tomas Tillberg fnancing and building cost. China is husks of rice compressed to look almost a lot of capacity for cruise ship building booze-cruise, sun-worshiping, singles very interested in getting in the cruise like teak.” in China today.” scene on many cruise ships. There is a ship market and there are more ships Staying apprised of the latest mainte- Ocean liners from Europe to America lecture lounge, not a show lounge. An built now than ever in history.” nance-free materials for cruise ships is a became the world’s frst cruise ships expedition ship’s purpose is engaging

Originating in Sweden, Tomas Tillberg constant evolution, as is managing 400 which evolved into Finland, germany, the destination, not lazing inside. The design & Associates is headquartered suppliers. Ships get bigger and bigger France and Italy producing the majority layout includes mudrooms for passen- in Fort Lauderdale with ofces in Hong with more players and oferings. of cruise ships today. Converted ferries gers to wash and sanitize their boots pre

Kong and Bogota. In delivering the ul- An aging feet of smaller cruise ships were Miami’s frst oferings to the Ca- and post voyage ashore, and change into timate cruise ship passenger experience, over 30 years old presents opportu- ribbean. Then routes sprung up through warm clothes and life vests. There’s no his frm designs all passenger spaces: all nity with Tillberg’s near-encyclopedic the Mediterranean, and to Asia. Today, palm-lined gangway to disembark in interiors; suites; bars; lounges; crew ar- knowledge of cruise ship evolution and passenger options are virtually unlimited Antarctica.

eas; cabins; and decks; sometimes, sig- niche markets. with expeditions to the Polar regions, Tillberg’s face lights up with fasci- nage and art. “The yards were there and began build- Amazon and practically anywhere on nation discussing Antarctica, his mind “It has all changed,” he said of the ing specialized ships which evolved to the globe. flled with fantastic images of nature. He cruise ship industry, from project build cruise ships. The European yards are “Expedition cruising is an active life- urges all travelers to become explorers sizes to interior materials to itineraries. booked out four to fve years. It’s another style,” he said, “but there is no ice rink on expedition cruise ships to experience “There are new materials, not just lin- reason why we were interested in China. or Las Vegas show, the main attraction this continent’s pure and innocent splen- en, wool and cotton and teak decks. Now Just around Shanghai there are 200 ship- is nature.” dor.

there are synthetic decks. One relatively yards, but only a few are really big and The expedition passenger experi- “Just approaching Antarctica is as if new, really cool material comes from capable of building cruise ships. There is ence is the polar opposite of the typical one is approaching another planet,” he 22 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • FEBRUARY 2019

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