Bolidt takes the floor as luxury cruise orders rise

2023-12-05T21:06:40+00:00 December 5th, 2023|Refurbishment|
Dutch resin applications specialist Bolidt has reinforced its position in a resurgent luxury cruise market by winning several orders.

With industry estimates claiming that the luxury cruise segment is on course to accommodate over 1 mill guests this year, increasing to 1.5 mill by 2030, Bolidt has reported a significant rise in demand for its decking solutions from both new and established luxury cruise lines.

The market has come a long way since demand patterns were set by guest numbers worldwide totalling 600,000 in 2019. As a result, Bolidt said owners continued to seek the highest standards in aesthetics, performance, and sustainability from its resin applications.

Highlights included ’Silver Nova, the latest vessel from Silversea Cruises, which embarked upon her maiden voyage earlier this year, following delivery from Meyer Werft.

Silversea’s ’Silver Nova’ pool deck features Bolideck® Future Teak

 

The 243 m long vessel showcased an innovative asymmetrical deck layout, for which Bolidt supplied its versatile, environmentally-responsible solution, Bolideck® Future Teak, as well as stone-effect flooring and prefabricated parts, including benches and steps.

In addition, as part of recent retrofit work, Bolidt refurbished all of the decks in the existing Silversea fleet.

 

New entrant

Ritz-Carlton, a relatively new entrant into the luxury cruise segment, has also called on Bolidt’s expertise to provide and install its products for high-end passenger vessels.

Having supplied Future Teak and Bolideck® Select Soft for the 2022-launched ’Evrima, Bolidt will fit the same products on board Ritz-Carlton’s forthcoming ship Ilma – due for delivery from Chantiers de l’Atlantique in time for the 2024 cruise season.

The ship’s sports court, jogging track, and pool deck will be among the areas benefiting from the solutions’ durability and non-slip properties.

Another hospitality group to have recently entered the luxury cruise market is Accor, whose sailing yacht, ’Orient Express Silenseas, will be the largest of its kind upon her delivery in 2026 – again from Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

The 220 m vessel will combine sophistication and sustainability, with Bolideck® Future Teak, which will contribute to both aspects, the company claimed.

“The luxury cruise segment continues to be a highly significant market for Bolidt, and, as established participants grow and new players emerge, demand for our products from luxury operators is stronger than ever,” said Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt’s Director Maritime. “These operators and their customers have exceptionally high standards in regard to style and the environment, so it is encouraging to see Future Teak, in particular, confirm its position as the decking solution of choice.”

Elsewhere in the luxury cruise segment, Bolidt decking is on board both Crystal Cruises vessels, ’Crystal Serenity and ’Crystal Symphony, which re-entered service this year under the new ownership of A&K Travel Group.

Bolidt systems also featured throughout Celebrity Cruises’ fleet of luxury Galapagos expedition vessels – ’Celebrity Flora, ’Xpedition, and ’Xploration.

Dutch resin applications specialist Bolidt has reinforced its position in a resurgent luxury cruise market by winning several orders.

With industry estimates claiming that the luxury cruise segment is on course to accommodate over 1 mill guests this year, increasing to 1.5 mill by 2030, Bolidt has reported a significant rise in demand for its decking solutions from both new and established luxury cruise lines.

The market has come a long way since demand patterns were set by guest numbers worldwide totalling 600,000 in 2019. As a result, Bolidt said owners continued to seek the highest standards in aesthetics, performance, and sustainability from its resin applications.

Highlights included ’Silver Nova, the latest vessel from Silversea Cruises, which embarked upon her maiden voyage earlier this year, following delivery from Meyer Werft.

Silversea’s ’Silver Nova’ pool deck features Bolideck® Future Teak

 

The 243 m long vessel showcased an innovative asymmetrical deck layout, for which Bolidt supplied its versatile, environmentally-responsible solution, Bolideck® Future Teak, as well as stone-effect flooring and prefabricated parts, including benches and steps.

In addition, as part of recent retrofit work, Bolidt refurbished all of the decks in the existing Silversea fleet.

New entrant

Ritz-Carlton, a relatively new entrant into the luxury cruise segment, has also called on Bolidt’s expertise to provide and install its products for high-end passenger vessels.

Having supplied Future Teak and Bolideck® Select Soft for the 2022-launched ’Evrima, Bolidt will fit the same products on board Ritz-Carlton’s forthcoming ship Ilma – due for delivery from Chantiers de l’Atlantique in time for the 2024 cruise season.

The ship’s sports court, jogging track, and pool deck will be among the areas benefiting from the solutions’ durability and non-slip properties.

Another hospitality group to have recently entered the luxury cruise market is Accor, whose sailing yacht, ’Orient Express Silenseas, will be the largest of its kind upon her delivery in 2026 – again from Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

The 220 m vessel will combine sophistication and sustainability, with Bolideck® Future Teak, which will contribute to both aspects, the company claimed.

“The luxury cruise segment continues to be a highly significant market for Bolidt, and, as established participants grow and new players emerge, demand for our products from luxury operators is stronger than ever,” said Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt’s Director Maritime. “These operators and their customers have exceptionally high standards in regard to style and the environment, so it is encouraging to see Future Teak, in particular, confirm its position as the decking solution of choice.”

Elsewhere in the luxury cruise segment, Bolidt decking is on board both Crystal Cruises vessels, ’Crystal Serenity and ’Crystal Symphony, which re-entered service this year under the new ownership of A&K Travel Group.

Bolidt systems also featured throughout Celebrity Cruises’ fleet of luxury Galapagos expedition vessels – ’Celebrity Flora, ’Xpedition, and ’Xploration.