Ulster Carpets Sets Sail with Success: Completing Icon of the Seas, Their Largest Cruise Ship Project Yet

Riding the crest of a wave, Ulster Carpets, established in 1938 in Portadown, Northern Ireland, have just completed their largest-ever cruise ship project, the ‘Icon of the Seas’.

Still owned and operated by the founder’s family, this premier supplier of Axminster and Wilton carpets continues to lead from its original headquarters in Portadown, serving the residential, hospitality, marine, and casino sectors worldwide.

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Icon of the Seas, which features bespoke carpets by Ulster Carpets, arrives in Miami

Classed as the world’s best family location, Icon of the Seas, almost certainly the biggest cruise ship in the world, set sail for the first time last weekend on a seven-day voyage in the Caribbean.

This game-changing cruise ship from Royal Caribbean International is 365 metres long, is 250,800 gross tons, and has a capacity of 5,610 guests and 2,500 crew. It also features over 55,000sqm of bespoke carpets designed and manufactured by Ulster Carpets.

Icon of the Seas features bespoke carpets by Ulster Carpets

Rachel Guy, Contract Sales Director for Marine at Ulster Carpets, explained:

“Icon of the Seas has been making headlines all over the world and we are very proud to have played a part in this amazing cruise ship. As a project, it challenged our design, planning and production teams like never before, but the final results demonstrate our ability to create unique designs and luxury carpets. This is why cruise ships, casinos and hotels around the world turn to us first for their bespoke carpets and rugs.”

Featuring eight distinct ‘neighbourhoods’, the first Icon Class ship has 2,805 staterooms, 20 decks, 7 pools, and 40 different venues to drink and dine in!

Bespoke Ulster carpets for the Izumi restaurant on Icon of the Seas

Ulster’s Designers, based in their headquarters in Portadown, Northern Ireland and their London Design Studio, created over 75 different designs to match the distinctive design and style of each area.

“Our average project would encompass around 20 different design schemes, so the Icon of the Seas profile was very different to complete at one time,” added Rachel.

Bespoke Ulster carpets for Adventure Ocean on Icon of the Seas

Rachel continues “Our Planners also had to deal with an extra level of intricacy in some areas of the cruise ship and the entire project placed a lot of pressure on our production team. However, despite the extra challenges, we were still able to deliver the same level of unrivalled service we offer our customers all over the world. We are delighted with the final results as they demonstrate the unique qualities and skills that Ulster Carpets are renowned for globally.”

The Overlook in the AquaDome on Icon of the Seas

Image credit: Royal Caribbean International.

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