|The finished cruise ship.|
The length-to-height scale is way off, but I was working with the longest hull I had, and wanted each deck to have standing room for minifigs.
I also wanted the following on board:
- Engine Room
- Crew Quarters
- First Class Cabin
I made the ship able to be separated into each deck for easy minifig access and placement, without destroying it. To do this, I borrowed a construction method used in many recent Lego City sets - the top layers of walls are created with a lot of flat bars, with only a few bumpy pieces to connect a roof to. This keeps the upper section in place, but at the same time makes detachment easy.
|The roof of the bridge section.|
|A nice big window for the captain to look out at his ship.|
|Inside the bridge. Gear levers, steering wheel, computers and dials - and a fire extinguisher just in case.|
|Bridge section. Here you can see the flat panels which make it easy to detach sections from each other.|
The Bridge sits above the First Class Cabin on the next deck, which also has the swimming pool, complete with diving board and lifeguard.
|The First Class / Pool Deck, detached.|
|Passengers enjoying the pool.|
|The First Class cabin has a large window astern.|
The First Class Cabin features a large bed (taken from a Medieval Town set), a sofa (two chairs put side by side on a raised base-plate), and a huge flat-screen TV (taken from the Police Station).
|First Class passengers enjoy the comforts of their large cabin.|
The next level down features the Restaurant and Casino. The restaurant has a lot of window panels (taken from passenger planes), while the casino has no windows at all.
|The Restaurant / Casino Deck, detached.|
|Waitress and customer in the not-so-busy Restaurant.|
The Casino features a green poker table on one side, and a roulette wheel on the other. The roulette wheel is made of small 1x1 roof tiles in black and red, angled inward on a red 2x2 turntable plate.
|Poker players waiting for a dealer to show up.|
On the lowest deck is the Engine Room, and a Not-First-Class Cabin - either for the regular passengers or the crew, it consists of double bunk beds and some single chairs. No fancy First Class sofas here!
|The lowest section of the ship.|
Every cruise ship needs to be fully equipped with lifeboats. Working out a way to store them neatly at the bow of the ship, and be able to "click" them in so they weren't moving around, took up quite a bit of time. Lots of trial and error resulted in the side-to-side bow storage, with the boats clicking into clasps on the wall.
|Lifeboat detached to reveal clasp on wall.|
|Bunk beds and single seating.|
|Arched doorway separating the cabin from the Engine Room. Just in shot is a fire extinguisher clipped to the wall.|
|Technicians keeping the ship going.|
|Plenty of storage for tools, and even a hook on the wall for a coffee cup.|
|All sections laid out side by side.|