“We wanted to shake up how we thought about a ship and how we felt when we were in the rooms,” explained Genevieve Gorder, the interior designer we all know and love from HGTV design shows such as “Dear Genevieve” and “HGTV Star,” (and, of course, from TLC’s “Trading Spaces”—RIP), to a group of journalists aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas pre-inaugural sailing a couple of weeks ago. Gorder has served as the ship’s experience advisor for design, working hand-in-hand with the company’s in-house design team to create the staterooms and suites aboard the massive, high-tech cruise ship.
Gorder’s work, along with Baltimore-based RTKL (a longtime collaborator with Royal Caribbean who created the bases for the rooms), encompassed the ship’s 2,090 staterooms, including the Royal Loft suite that spans nearly 2,300 square feet including its private balconies. It’s done in a palette of neutral cream and gray hues with accents of black and navy. One of the main goals in the two-deck space, which features expansive floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning panoramic views, was to make the rooms feel fresh and approachable, while not detracting from the surroundings. “The simple graphic patterns don’t compete with all the curves and patterns that are outside the window,” Gorder said.
“We want to stay with the trends,” added Royal Caribbean’s vice president of architecture and design for new-build projects, Kelly Gonzalez. “We have called ourselves the light and bright brand—the materials and finishes are a reflection of that.”
Also paramount in the design of all staterooms was the selection of art pieces that follow the ship-wide theme of “What Makes Life Worth Living,” and the addition of myriad storage solutions—including extra drawers and wire shelving inside stateroom closets. “The aim with storage was to make vacation more comfortable and less stressful,” said Gonzalez.
Not to take away from Quantum of the Seas seemingly millions of other attractions—from indoor skydiving and the North Star capsule that takes guests on a ride 300 feet above sea level, to it’s “smart ship” technology including robotic bartenders and a collection of digital and video art—but the comfortable and modern staterooms and suites were one of the more surprising aspects of the ship.
(That’s of course besides the resident 30-foot-tall, eight-ton, stainless steel fuchsia polar bear created by Denver-based artist Lawrence Argent that sits atop the ship. The ship’s crew named her Felicia.)