MSC Cruises – Raj Polo Tea Room – SMC Design
Cruise Line – MSC Cruises | MSC Europa
Lead Designer – SMC Design
Completion Date – 13/10/2022
The Raj Polo Tea House is automatically recognisable with its south Asian inspired architecture façade.
As guests enter the multipurpose lounge, the white and bright architecture continues into the lounge offering a bright and fresh feel.
At one end of the room is the main tea bar made up of dark rich timbers, elegant displays, and rattan detailing, on the opposite side is the entertainment area home to the stage and piano, which in turn bookend the venue. The ceiling is made up of beams arranged in a bold geometric pattern and decorated with authentic pendants and rattan fans.
Passengers are guided through the space by the custom decorative floor tiles, which dissect the space leading to both the bar as well as the outdoor lanai which pulls many of the design features from the interior to an exterior setting. The main lounge offers up welcoming groupings of lounge furniture providing the perfect setting for some high tea throughout the day, whilst further aft the entertainment offers flexible and comfortable seating where guest can enjoy the evening entertainment pre or post dinner.
The walls and displays are dressed in polo memorabilia and collectables, along with framed prints of flora and nature discovered by explorers.