6 Cruise Ship Spots With Gardens & Greenery

Have you ever walked into a room on a cruise ship and immediately felt a sense of calm? It could have been a solarium, a quiet terrace away from the hustle and bustle of the Lido, a spa or some other quiet space.

One thing that I think immediately contributes to a calmer atmosphere on a ship – or anywhere else – is the presence of lots of plants and greenery. And maybe you’ve never been on a ship that had a lot of plants on board, but there are ships with rooms like this! Here I want to talk to you about six of these rooms.

1. Central Park – Royal Caribbean

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Central Park on the Oasis of the Seas (photo courtesy of the Royal Caribbean Service).

Schiffe: Oasis, enchantment, harmony and symphony of the seas.

The very first area that came to mind when I thought of this article was, of course, Royal Caribbean’s famous Central Park area. When the Oasis of the Seas debuted in 2009, she turned the cruise industry on its head and forever changed the way we think about cruising. At the time, it was the largest cruise ship ever built (and is now surpassed by only three sister ships) and was divided into areas that the cruise line called “districts.” One was Central Park, with lots of greenery outside, surrounded by upscale restaurants and bars with seating and stores inside and out, making it similar to Central Park in New York.

The concept was a resounding success and Central Park proved popular with passengers. There are now four Oasis-class ships, all with easy-to-occupy spaces. Walking through the park, you are surrounded by thousands of trees, shrubs, vines, flowers and other plants, all adapted to the subtropical climate of the Mediterranean and Caribbean where the Oasis-class ships most often sail.

2. Rooftop garden – Celebrity Cruises

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Celebrity Edge Rooftop Garden (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises/Steve Dunlop)

Ships: Celebrity Edge and Apex

When the first details of the Celebrity Edge were revealed before the ship made its debut in 2018, one of the things I enjoyed most was the Rooftop Garden, the new space for the Celebrity. The Rooftop Garden is a sun deck at the top of the ship, filled with an eclectic mix of plants and metal sculptural elements. If you want confirmation that this is a very unique and well-designed space, you should know that it was designed by renowned architect Tom Wright, who also designed the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. The sun deck is equipped with seating, perfect for enjoying a sunny day at sea with friends or having a cocktail in the evening.

Rooftop Garden Hotel also has an outdoor restaurant called Rooftop Garden Grill. According to Celebrity, this restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers “lovers of garden food” favorites. The lunch menu includes sandwiches, burgers, wings and salads, while dinner consists of grilled and smoked meats – with Mason Jar S’mores for dessert.

3. eden – Celebrity Cruises

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Eden Restaurant and Eden Bar (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

Ships: Celebrity Edge and Apex

Another area of the Celebrity Edge that probably intrigued all the cruise media when it was first announced is a three-story multipurpose interior space called Eden. The bright salon is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and plants in almost every corner.

Eden takes many forms and has many functions depending on the time of day. It is not only a lounge with many places for intimate conversations, but also a restaurant, a bar…. and a space for performances. During breakfast and lunch, the Eden CafĂ© is open and offers light refreshments. For dinner, the Eden Restaurant offers a menu inspired by nature and consisting of unique dishes. The Eden Bar has a multi-level “phytotherapy” area filled with edible plants and herbs used in the house-made cocktails on the menu.

In the evening, the space is transformed into a place for dance, acrobatics and music, often involving the audience in the fun.

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4. Lawn Club – Celebrity Cruises

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Lawn Club (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

Ships: solstice, eclipse, equinox, reflection and silhouette of celebrities.

In case you hadn’t already guessed, Celebrity Cruises is all about great outdoor spaces filled with bright greenery. An old example is the Lawn Club, located on five of the line’s ships. The top terrace is – you guessed it – an actual lawn. It’s perfect for playing on the grass, having a small picnic or listening to live music.

The “Silhouette and Reflection of Fame” site also features the Lawn Club Grill, which serves hearty dishes grilled outdoors.

5th edition of “Living Walls” – Crystal Cruises

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Silk Kitchen (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)

Ships: Symphony of crystal and serenity

I am a big fan of living walls – they bring so much life and vitality to a space. Before I started my research for this article, I didn’t even know Crystal Cruises had them on any of their ships. On Crystal Symphony, you will find living walls in the Silk Kitchen and Trident Grill, which are right next door to each other. On Serenity, you’ll find them in the Trident Grill and Scoops ice rooms, which are also right next to each other. The outdoor dining areas are natural places to add a little plant life, and really bring another level of serenity to the already comfortable and luxurious ships. These living walls are also maintained by teams of florists on board, who provide things like floral arrangements and decorations for special occasions.

How can these plants stay happy and healthy when growing on a vertical wall? Well, they must be certain types of greenery that can tolerate this kind of situation, and their root system hangs two to four inches off the ground to ensure that gravity doesn’t get a hold of them.

6 Herb’s Garden – Viking river cruises

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(Photo courtesy of Viking)

Ships: all rowing boats from Viking River

The food tastes so fresh you’ll think you’re on a Viking river cruise. If it’s filled with delicious spices, we probably know the secret why.

On all the long Viking ships that sailed the rivers of Europe, Asia and beyond, an organic herb garden is planted on the open deck. The herbs not only add a fresh flavor to various dishes, but are also used as table decorations.

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We love seeing the creative ways cruise lines choose to incorporate green into their ships. What is your favorite green space that you have experienced on board?

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