hhvferry wrote: ↑25 Apr 2023 19:10
Nautica wrote: ↑25 Apr 2023 18:39
I'm aware this probably should be asked on a separate thread, but may I ask if anyone knows why the Sharden/Nuraghes (Moby Vinci), as well as Bithia are lacking windows on the front of the superstructure? 🙃
A friend of mine always refers to this aspect of these ships as the product of "a state run company mindset". Hinting at some combination of parsimoniousness and lack of imagination for nice or extravagant things.
I've never been convinced by this: on a practical level isn't the galley there so it's not a passenger space, on the saloon deck at least. And on the cabin decks I don't think they actually have cabins right at the front, with stairwells, concealed venting and service areas there. And the upper deck is crew cabins.
But then again all these were choices Tirrenia made. And, since the Minoan versions of this series have cabin windows and self services or lounges (depending on which of the four you're on but all with forward views) clearly different choices were made by them. So maybe he's right.
That's interesting! I always imagined the feature serving a both an economical and functional purpose: Having windows in the front could require extra reinforcement due to heavy seas (please correct me if I'm wrong), which was indeed proved with Pont-Aven.
On Mont St. Michel (Brittany Ferries), a sign in the Commodore cabins humbly asks the passengers to close the curtains when it's dark outside due to "safety reasons", hinting at the captain most likely not being too fond of reflections on the bridge windows. On Color Fantasy/Magic, Viking Grace as well as RCL's freedom class, the front windows are retracted into a "pit", making it seem plausible that lights are avoided from reaching the bridge.
A powerful counterargument to my speculation are the tremendous windows on Moby Freedom/Wonder/Aki and the former Tallink, Superstar, but I don't know if the curtains are closed at night?
Combining the observations, it could be of Tirrenia's interest not too invest in a more costly superstructure, while giving the captain a more clear view, although there definitely seems to be other solutions to solve "light reflection" on the bridge windows than totally closing up the front.