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Time Machine Restaurant, 2018

A steampunk inspired dinner show on board of the AIDAnova.

Aboard the AIDAnova, passengers can indulge themselves in a dinner show of magical proportions as Professor Tempus will take them on a time traveling adventure into the depths off the Ocean.

Leisure Expert Group was closely involved with this project from the very start. Together with the talented team of AIDA we were responsible for the storyline, the conceptual design of the restaurant and we produced the full content for the dinner show.

As all designs were completed and the content was produced, we also have been responsible for the art direction of all scenic elements and we show-directed the live performance together with the live entertainment crew of AIDA.

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“Guests are invited to enter a mysterious elevator that is somewhat hidden on board of the ship. The elevator will take them down to the ship’s machine room where they will meet Professor Tempus, an eccentric inventor. Tempus and his crew will take you on an exciting time travelling adventure inside his time machine. During their journey, guests will face sea creatures such as whales and jellyfish as they take part in Tempus his quest to find the sunken city of Atlantis.”


  • Concept Design
    • Storyline
    • Artwork
  • Schematic Design
    • Elevations
    • Signage
  • Detailed Design
    • Materialization
    • Dimensioning
  • Content Design
    • Soundtrack
    • Video production
  • Direction
    • (in-field) Art-Direction
    • Show Direction



“The cruise industry is an industry from which we get more and more requests. As we see a trend in ships becoming more important than the destination to which it is sailing, the tendency is to turn these large vessels into small floating theme park like environments in which can be fully immersed into new realities. Thinking about it, a cruise ship nowadays has basically the same ingredients as any major theme park resort: experiences, F&B and lodging. Therefor our knowledge as guest experience designers for the theme park industry adds a lot of value to the overall guest experience while these ships get developed more and more.”