When you think of interior landscaping the image of plants teeming with life in an atrium or lobby most likely first spring to mind. However, the boundaries of where beautiful plant displays can and can’t prosper is becoming more blurred. In recent years, Ambius has embarked on a series of remarkable projects on a host of cruise liners, providing ocean-bound vacationers with the intrinsic benefits only natural beauty can supply.
In 2009, Ambius was commissioned to create the world’s first “garden at sea” aboard the world’s largest ship, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. The 5,400-guest capacity cruise ship’s Central Park project was designed by Waterfield Design Group and Wilson Butler Architects. Ambius was awarded with the exciting challenge of bringing the one-of-a-kind garden to life.
The ambitious project required more than 150 people to coordinate the installation of the open-air, 21,000 square-foot garden, located in the center of the ship. An astounding 57 trees were craned in over the top of ship, including ficus and black olive trees. The cruise ship garden’s 12,000 plants were installed into 46 planter beds featuring false bottoms to cover the drainage and irrigation systems. With 1,000 plant species on display, cruise guests can enjoy the comforts of nature while dining at one of the park’s 5 restaurants. Central Park (one of the ship’s 7 neighborhoods) is surrounded by 200 balcony cabins that overlook the park. It was an honor to play a part in a true breakthrough in cruise ship design.
Since the Oasis of Seas set sail on its maiden voyage, Ambius has worked on projects aboard other cruise ships, including Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse. This past December, Ambius serviced a 25-foot Ficus Benjamina tree aboard the ‘Celebrity Solstice’ cruise liner while the ship made a pit stop in Sydney, Australia.
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