Picture: Jorg Breuning
Over the past five years, Green Roof Technology has had a huge hand in designing lawns on several cruise ships. Cruises in the past have consisted of mainly indoor space, and although outdoor space is still limited today, much of it is being put to good use. Five of Celebrity's cruise ships are now complete with Lawn Clubs, allowing passengers to enjoy luscious, green grass on the boat. Endless activities such as live music, bocce ball or croquet and dancing events are a few that can take place on an outdoor space so green. The five cruise ships featuring lawn clubs include the Reflection, the Silhouette, the Eclipse, the Equinox, and the Solstice.
The task of placing a lawn on a cruise ship wasn't a breeze. Many types of grass were tested before the perfect variation was found, ultimately withstanding the excessive salt and winds of the sea. Challenge number two involved the weight of the lawn, making sure the roof could withstand this much weight. A mixture of volcanic pumice, sand and clay creates the substrate on which the grass grows.