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SYNTHETIC DECKING APPLIED TO LATEST CELEBRITY CRUISE DELIVERY

Friday, December 14, 2018 

Bolidt Synthetic Products and Systems says that some of the eye-catching features on board cruise ship 'Celebrity Edge' will be distinguishable by inclusion of the company's high quality decking products.

The 2,908 passenger capacity Celebrity Cruises ship embarked on its maiden cruise from Port Everglades on 9 December 2018. Featuring a ground-breaking ‘outward facing’ design, and innovative features such as the floating cantilevered ‘Magic Carpet’ platform, the vessel makes extensive use of Bolidt’s deck, balcony and interior public space decking systems.

Bolideck Future Teak, an environmentally-friendly alternative to real teak decking, has been used on the Magic Carpet, main pool, Mast Grill, Solarium and outdoor deck spa terrace areas, all on Deck 14. It has also been used to stunning effect on Deck 15 around the Sunset Bar and Rooftop Garden. Elsewhere, the weatherproof surface Bolideck Select Soft's anti-skid properties are of particular use for the ship’s jogging tracks.

Celebrity Cruises has harnessed the expertise of well-known interior designers, such as Kelly Hoppen, Tom Wright and Nate Berkus, to ensure that Celebrity Edge offers a departure from traditional thinking. Bolidt has been able to help translate their visions into reality.

Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt’s Maritime Division Director, said: “We worked together with the architects and designers of Celebrity Edge to recommend the best systems to use for each area. Drawing on many years of experience in the cruise ship sector, we advised on wear resistance, maintenance, cleaning and sound insulation, in addition to the guidance we offered on design possibilities for each product.”

Celebrity Edge has 1,467 state rooms, 81% with balconies. Most of the balcony cabins have been outfitted with Bolideck Select Soft Teak Effect and Bolideck Select Soft, either alone or in combination, while balconies on Decks 11 and 12 feature Select Soft Teak Effect and Bolideck Future Teak.

Bolideck Select Hard and Bolideck Future Teak were chosen for Deck 2’s high-traffic passenger boarding and Destination Gateway areas, while the creative possibilities of Bolideck Select Soft are shown in the patterned chess area and curved beach space on Deck 6.

Celebrity Edge is the first newbuilding for Celebrity Cruises for six years. Three sister ships will follow it, with the Celebrity Apex due to debut in 2020, and the remaining two in 2021 and 2022 respectively. “We have worked on every RCI newbuild for more than 20 years, with our involvement starting 2-4 years in advance of construction work beginning,” said van Overbeek.

Bolidt is contracted to provide a similar range of deck and flooring solutions to all three sister ships, which like Celebrity Edge are being built at STX France’s Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard.

Bolidt will be openimg its Experience & Innovation Centre near Rotterdam in mid-2019, to showcase its synthetic flooring, marine decking, surface courses and other applications.

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