Primary operational control of the U.S.S. Excelsior is provided by the Main Bridge, located at the top of the primary hull. It is located on Deck 1. The Main Bridge directly supervises all primary mission operations (with the exception of the Flight bay and assorted craft) and coordinates all departmental activities.
the undecorated metal of the bridge gives it the feeling of spaciousness. overhead lights ensure that all areas are well lit, while the natural wood of the fixtures, also inlaid with flourecent lights softens the overall effect
The captain's chair, located at the centre of the bridge, is blue. This distinguishes it from the other seats, which have either pale grey or orange padding. The orange duty station seats are decorated witht he Starfleet symbol on their backs. Like the seats on the bridges of earlier Starfleet vessels, those on the bridge on the Enterprise-B are not equipped with any kind of saftey restraints. This may be uncomfortable at times, but allows the bridge crew to move swiftly and easily to where they are needed when the inevitable emergencies occur.
Like the bridges of most Starfleet vessels, the bridge of the Enterprise-B is a single round room. The captain's is alone in the centre of the station, isolating him from the other stations while ensuring he has a clear view and easy access to all of the other bridge officers. The central area is marked off by a circular handrail, made of a material which resembles a dark natural wood
Immediately behind the captain's chair is a freestanding station where two duty officers sit facing forward The one on the left is assigned to the science officer, as on previous ships.
In front of the captain's chair is another freestanding station. On earlier ships named Enterprise, helm was on the captain's left as he faced the front of the ship, but on this vessel it has switched to the captain's right. At launch, the position of the helm is filled by Ensign Demora Sulu. Her father Captain Hikaru Sulu of the U.S.S. Excelsior, served as helmsman on the original U.S.S. Enterprise. Demora is carrying on a family tradition
Other duty stations are located facing outward around the rim of the bridge. The propulsion system console is to the front left of the captian's chair, and the communications is behind the captain's chair to the left. Other duty stations, both seated and standing, are arranged around the bridge's perimiter. As with previous bridge design, most face the wall, and have their own computer consoles which link directly into the main ship's computer.
Except for emergency readouts, which are red, all readouts and controls are displayed in shades of blue and green. A schematic of the ship is on the bulkhead directly behind the captain's chair