Photo Courtesy of Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises is claiming an “industry’s first” with its self-contained, freestanding living wall at sea aboard the Crystal Symphony
. The wall is the creation of UK-based ANS Group Europe. The company spent two days installing the wall, as the luxury cruise ship
sailed from Portland to Dover to complete the 11-night themed-voyage, British Isle Brilliance.
The living wall is located in the ship’s Deck 11 Trident Grill. The area designed for al fresco dining is 37.7 feet long and 7.9 feet high. What exactly is a living wall at sea? It is a vertical garden that is pre-planted in panels and then attached to the wall or the facade of a building. Plants stay intact in vertical positions because the root structures are anchored in two to four inches of soil within the panel.