When people book a cruise, they envision themselves lazing on deck chairs, enjoying panoramic views of the ocean, and enjoying everything that a luxury holiday has to offer, as they travel around the globe. But what happens when the weather is too poor to go outside?
A retractable roof can save the day. These roofs, which can be opened and closed at the push of a button, ensure that guests can still have a great time enjoying and relaxing – even if it is rainy, cloudy or cold. Cruise ship staff can continue with their planned activities and guests can have the peace of mind they need to book their holiday, regardless of the weather forecast.
OpenAire has had the pleasure of designing and installing four of roofs on the Royal Caribbean’s newest series of ships. The cruise ships feature two glass enclosures on either side of the ship’s upper-deck pool, patio, and bar area. The best part is that these areas have become the most popular spots on the ship!
The retractable roofs for these Royal Caribbean ships are each approximately 30 metres long and about 12 metres wide (each), and they retract both up and down. The roof retracts up to the central core of the ship, while the motorized glass wall panels slide down to the floor, creating a glass railing, which transforms the space from indoor to outdoor within a few minutes.
OpenAire has worked with the builders for Royal Caribbean on 4 completed ships and is currently working on a fifth. To date, OpenAire has completed a retractable roof on Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and Spectrum of the Seas. The ongoing relationship between the two companies, accompanied by great positive feedback from guests on the cruise ships, has led the shipbuilders to continue to specify additional retractable roofs for their ships.