Posts Tagged ‘Luxury Cruises’

Crystal Symphony Debuts World’s First Living Wall at Sea

By Amanda Klimak CTIE   Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

LOS ANGELES, September 10, 2012 – In an industry first, ultra-luxury Crystal Cruises has unveiled the world’s first self-contained, free-standing living wall at sea, created and crafted by UK-based ANS Group Europe.  ANS Group Europe spent two days installing the living wall on the 922-guest Crystal Symphony as the ship sailed from Portland to Dover to complete its 11-night “British Isle Brilliance” voyage.

Crystal Symphony's Living Wall

Crystal Symphony's New Living Wall

Designed for an al fresco area in the ship’s Deck 11 Trident Grill, the unique living wall uses a varied and diverse selection of indoor plants to display a world map.  The living wall is 37.7 feet (11.5 meters) long and 7.9 feet (2.4 meters) high and will receive regular maintenance by Crystal Symphony’s onboard team of florists.

“In keeping with our ongoing focus on design, we wanted to create a focal point that was both highly contemporary and visually stunning,” says Alexandra Don, Crystal’s vice president, hotel design and services.  “The end result is a living wall that brings the Trident Grill to life and serves as an eye-catching backdrop to the incomparable service and choices that always characterize a Crystal holiday.”

Trident Grill Living Wall

The Living Wall at the Trident Grill on the Crystal Symphony

Joel Nash, marketing manager for ANS Group Europe added, “This bespoke project is an exciting and exhilarating scheme.  Installing living walls on a cruise ship is taking us to a completely new level and opens up all sorts of possibilities.  When you think this wall will be travelling as far north as Lapland and down to Cape Horn, it takes your breath away.”     

A living wall is a vertical garden that is pre-planted in panels and then attached to the wall or facade of a building.  Plants stay intact in their vertical positions because their root structures are anchored in two to four inches of soil kept within the panel.

 

The installation of the wall on Crystal Symphony is yet another example of Crystal’s “Crystal Clean” environmental and educational efforts both onboard and on shore.  A living wall acts as a bio filter, enhancing air quality by breaking down harmful airborne contaminants and transforming them into clean oxygen.  By absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, it reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Crystal’s passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort or hotel in history.  A keen focus on design has also earned the line numerous industry design honors, including first-ever awards from Hospitality Design magazine and the Association of Retail Environments (A.R.E.) in 2012.

For more information on Crystal Cruises and reservations, contact a Largay Travel Specialist at 1-800-322-9481, online at www.LargayTravel.com or email us at vacations@largaytravel.com




Discovering the Secrets of Viking River Cruises

By Amanda Klimak CTIE   Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The travel specialists of Largay Travel are always in search of the most unique and wonderful experiences and when it comes to river cruising, Viking River Cruises is the world leader.  So when an invitation came to enjoy a river cruise along the Connecticut River on the Lady Katherine while learning about Viking River Cruises, they just couldn’t say no. 

Largay Travel Specialists with Viking River Cruises

Largay Travel Specialists attend a Viking River Cruise Seminar

As we sailed along the lush green banks of the Connecticut River, we learned about the itineraries Viking offers from Europe to Russia and Ukraine and in Asia and Egypt.  With four new ships launching in 2012, offering spacious balconies and alfresco dining, it was a true privilege to get a behind the scenes glance of what the future holds with Viking River Cruises.  Pictured from left to right are Melissa Russo, Tina Posila, Amanda Klimak, Vivian Leonard, Annette Godin, Vira Mastroianni and Ken Sause.  Seated in front is Forrest Cramer, our trusted sales representative and friend from Viking River Cruises.

Forest took a moment to do a quick interview with Vivian Leonard, one of our Viking River Cruise specialists.