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Our first stop on the tour was the Royal Theater. “We’re a floating soundbox, and when we’re selecting materials we have to choose those that are sound absorbing. “There is a lot of extra consideration that goes into the design of a cruise ship,” continued Christopher. But selecting the right products is also key, as they have to be durable, reliable and capable of being in operation 24/7. The main PA loudspeakers in the Royal Theater belong to Meyer Sound and the system comprises 20 Meyer Sound M’elodie ultra compact high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers and four Meyer Sound 700 HP ultra high-power subwoofers, split equally left and right of the stage. A further five compact Meyer Sound Mina curvilinear array cabinets make up the central cluster. Delays are courtesy of 12 Meyer Sound UPM1 ultra compact wide-coverage loudspeakers, while 40 Meyer Sound UPJunior loudspeakers have been installed as surround speakers and another delay line. Completing the loudspeaker inventory are seven Meyer Sound UP-4XP ultra compact loudspeakers installed for front fill. As with any Meyer Sound PA system, processing is taken care of by the company’s proprietary loudspeaker management system. Three Galileo 616 systems are in place for a broad range of control options. “For any manufacturer to get into the cruise ship business, it has to work harder than usual,” said Christopher. “We’ve been working with Meyer Sound for a number of years. They help us because they too have a great deal of experience, they assist with the design and although there is a lot of effort and resources involved, they give us an excellent and a reliable service because they know the importance of designing a cruise ship product properly.” To satisfy the need for a flexible infrastructure, 250 connection points are located around the Royal Theater, achieved with the help of an analogue Ghielmetti Patchbay. This routes input signals to a DiGiCo SD-Rack and two SD-Mini Racks, connected via an optical multicore to a DiGiCo SD5. Located at the FOH position, the SD5 is used to mix both FOH and monitors, the FOH sound being mixed in 5.1. The system can handle 448 audio channels at 96kHz, with the SD5 also offering three redundant BNC-MADI ports, eight analogue I/O and eight AES/EBU (mono) I/O, it is ideally suited to mixing a broad spectrum of events.

Sound Designer, Hendrik Maaßen, said: “The premium SD5 console and its fully integrated sound periphery correspond perfectly with the demanding requirements of the Royal Caribbean show specialists, who developed a wide range of different day and night entertainment for the Royal Theater.” As a system integrator with a comprehensive project experience in the maritime business ASC offers the complete range of media technology and services. With its core competence in theatre and musical sound reinforcement ASC realised a concept tailored to the idea of Royal Caribbean and on par with large stages onshore. Depending on the sailing schedule of any given ship, the shows in the theatre will change. For Ovation, the current shows are The Dream and Live. Love. Legs catering to the Chinese market. The stage is lit using a combination of more than 100 moving lights and 100 theatrical profiles. Elation features heavily in the intelligent lighting line-up, products include Elation Platinum Wash ZFX Pros, Satura Spot LED Pro moving heads, Platinum Beam 5R Extremes, Platinum Spot LED Pro IIs and Platinum Spot 35R Pro moving heads. These sit alongside Martin Professional MAC Viper Performances and Viper Wash DXs. Martin Professional Atomic 300 DMX strobes and LeMaitre MVS hazers provide additional special effects for any performance that requires it. ETC Source Four LED profiles and Desire D40 Lustr+ fixtures were used on the sibling ships so have therefore proved their worth alongside the moving lights. Particularly noteworthy are the ETC Source Four Series 2 Tungsten HD and Lustr, which set a high standard in terms of brightness and colour in the Royal Theater. A High End Systems HOG 4 Full Boar lighting console and a HOG 4 Playback Wing provides control. “In the US, I think we’re one of the largest customers of HOG consoles, we have more than many rental companies because Royal Caribbean has 25 cruise ships and Ovation alone has seven Full Boar consoles, there’s that and more on every ship,” said Christopher. A total of 144 Elation EPV20 LED panels have been installed, three screens in total - one large 5.8-metre by 11.5-metre screen positioned upstage as a dynamic backdrop and smaller 5.8-metre by 1.9-metre screens positioned at each side of the stage. The LED video system modules are attached to the theatre fly systems, installed hanging from rails, and attached to the front of lifting platforms, allowing the total LED surface of approximately 80 sq metres with a pixel spacing of 20mm to be visible or completely invisible depending on the scenery requirements. Content for the screens is fed through a coolux Pandoras Box Quad Server LT and a workstation equipped with the coolux Pandoras Box Manager LT and a Widget Designer ULT for show management. Furthermore, ASC fed two video signals from the Pandoras Box server into the ship-wide broadcasting system, allowing routing of the signals to the Christie HD10K-M lateral projections and the powerful Barco DP2K digital cinema projector in the theatre. This means the projectors can be used flexibly and creatively in the shows.

Royal Theatre

Infocomm 2016 

Icsepa was able to attend one of the largest and most exciting event that accurse each year, InfoComm. This event is one of the largest and most exciting event that focus on the pro-AV industry. Infocomm has more than 1,000 exhibitors, thousands of products, and nearly 40,000 attendees from around the world. This event is your once-a-year opportunity to see the latest audiovisual technology, learn the skills that will advance your career, and help grow your professional network.

At Infocomm, ICSEPA was able to have a meet and great at QSC booth and meet many wonderful individuals from the audio and visual industry. By engaging in these types of events, ICSEPA will gain knowledge of the latest and greatest of the Entertainment world, hence it will assist us in helping to merge the entertainment industry with the Cruise lines.  

7 of the Hottest New Cruise Ships Debuting in 2016

Several new cruise ships are hitting the high seas this year, including Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, which made its inaugural sailing last month. With a 6,780-guest capacity, Harmony reigns as the world's largest cruise ship, and is the third Royal Caribbean ship in the past six years to claim this title.

Still, the cruise line's executives insist they didn't set out to break any records when they started to work on Harmony.

"It doesn't enter into our decision-making," says Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley. "It's great to be able to say it's the biggest ship in the world … But we don't design that way."

Instead, Bayley says his team first decided what to include on the ship and then figured out how big it needed to be to fit innovative features and amenities.

"We literally spent the next few years moving things around, trying to figure out how we can get all of this to glue together," he says. "Then, bingo – all of a sudden, Harri [Kulovaara, Royal Caribbean Cruises' executive vice president, maritime] comes back and says, 'Well, guys, if you want to have all this stuff, it's gonna be this big.'"

"All this stuff," as Bayley describes it, adds up to a variety of whiz-bang features. Perhaps the most prominent is the twin 10-story slides called "The Abyss," which earned their name from the muffled squeals of excitement you can hear from inside the tube as passengers twist and turn down the slide. Also aboard the Harmony, you'll find an ice-skating rink, two 43-foot rock-climbing walls, two surf simulators, a zip line, an outdoor boardwalk complete with a working carousel and "Central Park," an onboard green space filled with 10,000 plants and 50 trees. Even as you catch sight of the ship from afar, you'll likely be struck by its presence. At 1,187 feet long, the ship would be taller than the Eiffel Tower if you were to stand it on its rear.

Throughout the summer, Harmony will be taking passengers on seven-night western Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona, Spain, and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, with stops in Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Florence and Naples. Fares start at $1,498.50.Harmony might take up the most space on the docks, but it's not the only boat making waves this year. Here's a look at the top ships to hit the high seas in 2016:

Ms Koningsdam

Holland America Line

Inaugural sail date: April

Holland America's newest ship, Koningsdam, is the first of the line's Pinnacle class. Koningsdam holds 2,650 guests and has a few new touches, including what the company says are its first purpose-built staterooms for families, plus staterooms for solo travelers. The increased size allows room for more public venues, too. In the ship's Music Walk area, passengers can enjoy different music genres, ranging from chamber music at the Lincoln Center Stage to blues at B.B. King's Blues Club. Koningsdam will be based in Amsterdam for a series of northern European and Baltic cruises this summer (its seven-day "Norse Legends" cruises start at $919). The ship will cruise the Mediterranean in September before heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for its winter Caribbean season.

Royal Caribbean

Inaugural sail date: April

Royal Caribbean's 4,180-passenger Ovation of the Seas is the third of the cruise line's high-tech Quantum-class ships. Like its sister ships within the fleet, Ovation features frills like the gravity-defying North Star capsule, which takes guests 300 feet above sea level for 360-degree ocean views. The ship also has indoor bumper cars and RipCord by iFLY, an indoor skydiving simulator. Ovation's four-night July cruises from Tianjin, China, to Seoul (Incheon), South Korea, start at $1,138 per person.

Viking Sea

Viking Ocean Cruises

Inaugural sail date: April

Compared to other cruise ships launching this year, Viking Sea leans toward the smaller side: The ship can accommodate 930 passengers in its 465 cabins. Onboard, you can expect plenty of Scandinavian flourishes, including a two-deck Explorers' Lounge with decor inspired by Viking trade routes. Like its sister ship, Viking Star, Viking Sea also has an infinity pool. This summer, the Viking Sea will sail through Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Mediterranean. Its least-expensive itinerary – the 10-day, five-country "Empires of the Mediterranean" trip from Venice to Athens – starts at $2,999 per person.

Carnival Vista

Carnival Cruise Lines

Inaugural sail date: May

While Royal Caribbean may hold the title of world's biggest cruise ship, in terms of passenger market share, Carnival remains the biggest cruise line. The company's newest ship, Carnival Vista, carries fewer than 4,000 passengers, and roughly 1,500 fewer passengers than Royal Caribbean's Harmony. But Vista has plenty of bells and whistles, too, including a water park called WaterWorks, which has a 455-foot slide. The ship also boasts the SkyRide at SportsSquare, which allows you to pedal your way through midair. Cruise prices for eight-day summer Mediterranean sailings from Barcelona, Spain – with stops in Sicily, Rome, Florence and Pisa – start at $839 per person.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Inaugural sail date: July

With a 750-passenger capacity, the fourth ship in Regent Seven Seas Cruises is much smaller than the megaships setting sail today. Still, Regent is touting Explorer as "the most luxurious ship ever built." And it's making the case with its upscale main attraction: a 3,875-square-foot suite. The Regent Suite is appointed with two bedrooms and a large, private outdoor balcony. Most indulgent of all: an in-suite personal spa complete with a sauna, steam room and a spa treatment area offering unlimited treatments. The per-person brochure fare for this suite on the ship's 14-day maiden voyage from Monte Carlo is a jaw-dropping $143,998, but there's a 2-for-1 fare for $71,999 that includes airfare. The brochure fare for Explorer's lowest-level suite comes in at $29,998.

Seabourn Encore 

Seabourn Cruise Line

Inaugural sail date: December

Priding itself on offering a more intimate onboard experience than today's megaships, Seabourn's fourth Odyssey-class ship carries only 604 guests and some indulgent flourishes. Each suite will have its own private veranda. Plus, making its debut on Seabourn Encore is The Retreat, a rooftop sanctuary that includes 15 private cabanas, each with a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator filled with drinks of your choice (rates for the cabanas alone start at $350 per day). All this luxury, of course, comes at a price; fares for its December voyage – a 16-day Holy Land & Arabian Gems cruise from Greece to Dubai – start at $4,499 per person.


Norwegian to Send Jewel to Australia and Asia

Norwegian Cruise Line today announce new itineraries for the company’s Fall/Winter 2017/2018 deployment. The big news is that the Norwegian Jewel will be based in the Asia Pacific region with departures to and from Australia beginning November 2017.

 In addition, San Juan, Puerto Rico returns as a seasonal homeport, with Norwegian Dawn sailing from the Caribbean port, as well as Tampa, Florida; along with a new 14-day Western Caribbean sailing from New York on Norwegian Breakaway. 

Norwegian Jewel’s inaugural Australasian itineraries start on October 3, 2017 with a variety of Hawaii, French Polynesia and South Pacific cruises, as the ship sails from Vancouver to Sydney. Her first season in Australia includes seven Sydney round-trip cruises featuring a five-day Sydney-Tasmania-Sydney cruise departing on November 12, 2017, as well as a nine-day voyage.

 Norwegian Jewel’s ten to 16-day Australia and New Zealand itineraries depart between November 2017 and February 2018. Norwegian Jewel will make her way from Sydney to Singapore on an 18-day adventure departing February 20, 2018, potentially hinting at a 2018 season out of China. "Following her Australian season, Norwegian Jewel will undertake a range of exotic Asian itineraries visiting Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea and more, offering travelers the opportunity to explore some of the best Asia has to offer," said Norwegian. Passengers sailing from Tampa and New Orleans will have different ship in each market to choose from next fall. Norwegian Dawn will sail seasonally from Tampa and San Juan, and Norwegian Pearl from New Orleans.

Norwegian Dawn will move south next fall and homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico from November 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018, sailing seven-, ten- and 11-day Southern Caribbean itineraries. New for 2017/2018, Norwegian Pearl will sail seven-, eight- and nine-day Western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans, from October 22, 2017 to April 1, 2018.  Her ports of call from the Crescent City will include Cozumel, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico, with varying ports for longer itineraries that can include George Town, Grand Cayman and Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala. From


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