t AD Associates - Interior Architecture, Design and Solutions


Marine Expertise

With over 25 years of experience in design and guest/operational delivery, Chris Finch, David McCarthy and Frank Symeou combine to bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Coupled with their technical marine know-how, Chris, David and Frank blend creative design solutions with extensive operational and vessel delivery/refurbishment experience and are backed by a talented and multi-skilled team.

Whether you have a resourcing gap for an upcoming project or wish to establish a longer-term relationship, AD Associates possess the skills to support businesses throughout their entire lifecycle, including our unique Trove Hotel software.

Find out more about Trove Hotel here.

We provide executive and marketing support through research & development, GA space planning, statistical analysis and feasibility studies. Our expertise and highly collaborative approach enables us to easily integrate within a larger team or lead/support multiple designers. From articulating an owners’ brand vision to working closely with site teams and shipyards, our experience working in these environments ensures we help contribute to a successful delivery.

Our extensive experience is underpinned by our knowledge and understanding of the critical importance of compliance within the industry, thereby incorporating SOLAS, IMO, VSP (USPHS), Mobility, Environmental, Safety and Security considerations. Our knowledge allows AD Associates to work quickly and effectively with clients at both corporate level and design, build and operations. We thrive on working collaboratively with clients and partners alike, building trusted relationships throughout every stage of the project.

Case Studies

Our strengths are forged on operating as a trusted team with broad expertise and competencies, supported by strong project management. By working closely with the owners’ team of consultants, contractors and suppliers and within a framework of respect and competence, we bring strong communication and leadership skills alongside our creativity, technical knowledge and extensive experience and have the proven ability to deliver within short timelines and budgetary/weight management control. We understand the environment and we contribute where we know we can add the most value.

It is this well organised, integrated approach, that combines design creativity with marine-specific operational and technical knowledge, which enables us to offer a unique and complete service to deliver exceptional projects.

Whether tackling a full-scale newbuild or a periodic refurbishment AD Associates can demonstrate our historic and most recent projects as both lead architect and supporting roles. Chris and David have been instrumental in the design & delivery of numerous cruise, river and yacht vessels, from Crystal Cruises Esprit & Mozart, refurbishments for Star Cruises & NCL, to prestigious vessels such as P&O Cruises, Britannia and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.

Our most recent projects are described in a little more detail below.

New-build Portfolio


Saga Spirit of Adventure

Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Bach & Mahler

Refit Portfolio


Crystal Mozart

Crystal Symphony

Crystal Serenity