Symphony of the Seas

  • Client: Royal Caribbean International
  • Designer: Project International, BG Studio, Tillberg Design, WBA, RTKL Associates

Photography by Michel Verdure (

Having worked with STX previously on numerous marine projects and notably on the RCCL’s sister ship Harmony of the Seas, Chelsom were delighted to be involved in the design and manufacture of the majority of the public area lighting for Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, supplying more than 600 fittings covering 74 different designs. The brief was to meet the designers creative vision and the operational requirements, which was challenging on Harmony of the Seas and no less challenging for Symphony. Many luminaries were similar to those supplied on Harmony but with new technology, dimming changes to Phase Dim, not mention areas rebranding or having a complete re-design, the scale of the task was still huge. Chelsom’s marine experience ensured effective ‘marinisation’ of luminaires to cope with the continual movements on board caused by the sea state or vibration. All component parts were modified to be securely fixed and rattle free with sound engineering whilst still retaining the striking visual impact required by the 12 different designers involved.

The areas within which Chelsom worked included statement centrepiece chandeliers for the Theatre; Wonderland where an entire ceiling lighting structure was created featuring hundreds of delicate suspended porcelain flowers lit with fibre optics; Central Park where magnificent street lamps housed sound systems inside them, where Jamie’s restaurant featured chandeliers dressed with mouth blown glass balls and Vintages where ceiling fittings and wall lights were gold gilded and dressed with crystal; the Windjammer restaurant where Chelsom created food whisks with tiny LED lights concealed within to illuminate the servery; Sorrento’s with its huge central fitting incorporating illuminated acrylic rods; the Casino with its opulent elliptical crystal chandeliers, each faceted drop being securely fixed and illuminated with LED light sources. Beyond that Chelsom also manufactured lighting for the Diamond Club, the Jazz Club, the Comedy Club, Pub and Teen Lounge.