NCL Star

Blackout blinds are the STAR, solving an irregular shaped problem

The Challenge

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) commissioned Solarglide to solve an ongoing problem they were having. They had 46 irregular windows in four forward luxury suites on Deck 12 of the cruise liner MV Norwegian Star, and they made it difficult to find effective blinds to meet their requirements.

Over the years, they had tried many window dressings solutions, none of which fully satisfied their requirements. Whilst the latest attempt of luxury Roman blinds looked impressive, they didn’t function as required and NCL were looking for an improved solution.

The Solution

Solarglide travelled to Miami to undertake a detailed survey of the cabin windows. These were trapezoidal and triangular, steeply sloped, tilted at various angles with limited space for securing brackets and fixtures. NCL required a solution which blocked out daylight, could be easily and safely operated by passengers and crew alike, but more importantly provided the quality and luxe feel, befitting of their luxury suites.

Solarglide created a bespoke prototype screen solution, and once approved, installed 46 individual SG LUNAGLIDER blackout screens while the vessel was under refit in Marseille.

The SG LUNAGLIDER blackout screens were manufactured to the exact shape and size of the windows, and special tension boxes were added to keep the fabric flat against the glass to prevent it from sagging and distorting.

Results

Through meticulous planning, teamwork, and expertise, the project was successfully executed to the clients’ satisfaction.

“The installation was so much better than anything any other vendor had ever come up with for those conditions. The client was happy with the solution, so we hope the guests can also appreciate it. I’m sure we will be working on another refurbishment project with Solarglide in the Future.”

– Jorge Mesa – Project Interior Designer, Studio Dado