Thalia is made of a team of skilled naval architects, interior designers and marine surveyors involved in both cruise ship new-builds and refurbishments. The company is mainly involved in the project management and design of the hotel areas of cruise ships, from concept design to delivery inspections.
In our client portfolio there are many of the biggest names in the cruise industry. Virtually all our contracts are covered by non-disclosure agreements, but many of the most well known ships built, under building or in the pipeline, have for some reasons been on our desks and drawing tables.
Thalia, founded and owned by Maurizio Eliseo and Norman Spiler and managed by Nicolò Capus, takes its name from the 1907 steam ship Thalia, belonging to the famous company of Lloyd, founded in Trieste in 1836, known as "Austriaco" before the Great War and as "Triestino" after the hostilities. In a time when travelling at sea was a necessity and not a pleasure, the word cruise didn't have the present meaning.
As a result, despite the fact that Thalia was one of the very first full-time cruise ships, she was advertised as a “yacht for pleasure voyages”.
In winter, she spent her time in Mediterranean waters, while in summer Thalia would move to Amsterdam to start her season of cruises to the capitals of North Europe, the fjords and the North Polar Circle to admire the midnight sun.
She was so popular in her days, that Thalia can be rightly remembered as one of the pioneering cruise ships of the modern era.