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AIDAprima – heading for new shores!

The object
On May 7, 2016 the new AIDA cruises flagship was named AIDAprima by Emma Schweiger, young daughter of the German actor and film director Till Schweiger and herself an actress, as part of the annual festivities during the Hamburg port anniversary. 300 meters long and 37.60 meters wide, the cruise liner accommodates 1,643 cabins of which 77 percent are fitted with a porch 6 sqm large. Fourteen different cabin designs are available. In 12 restaurants and 18 bars guests are invited to savour and enjoy whatever dishes and drinks they fancy. AIDAprima is the first cruise ship to depart from a German port year-round. Since the end of April 2016 Hamburg is the port of departure and destination for seven-day round tours to the most beautiful metropolises of Western Europe like London, Paris, Brussels, or Amsterdam.

The AIDAprima offers some very remarkable attractions, e.g. the Beach Club protected by a foil dome which can be visited in all weathers, the Four Elements deck with water slides, climbing facility and - this is a first - the AIDA Mini Club where toddlers of 6 months and upwards are looked after. Spacious cabins with porches, the Lanai deck with infinity pools, an exclusive patio deck with panorama cabins, numerous new restaurants, the Organic Body and Soul Spa wellness facilities with a surface area of 3,100 sqm, glazed elevators, a skywalk - to name but a few of the innovations which make the ship all the more attractive for cruises year-round. Additionally equipped with an entirely new circular stage, state-of-the-art LED components, airframes for extraordinary artists' shows, and a huge interactive floating LED ball, the Theatrium is the centerpiece of varied entertainment activities.

With its new liner generation Germany's leading cruise company is setting standards once again even  in terms of environmental protection. The AIDAprima is the first cruise liner to be operated with the environmentally compatible liquefied natural gas (LNG) during lay days in any port of the world. Likewise, energy efficiency is substantially increased due to a completely new design of the hull.  Another first in the cruise industry is the use of the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS). This advanced technology provides for the ships to glide on a carpet of tiny air bubbles which reduces fuel consumption even further.

The challenge
As a longtime trusted partner of the cruise company where the integration of media equipment into overall systems in the public entertainment areas is concerned, ASC worked out the engineering concept for light, sound, entertainment and IT network, communication and control with those responsible at AIDA Cruises, purchased and supplied the technical equipment, supervised the installation at the Japanese Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki and undertook the final system commissioning. 

The solution
Audio network, signal transmission and intercommunication
Taking the huge size of the AIDAprima cruise liner into appropriate account, ASC developed an infrastructure which distributes audio signals across the entire ship via a fiber-based Optocore network. The various venues as e.g. the Theatrium, the Beach Club and the TV / broadcast area are interconnected via Optocore in a closed ring structure. Optocore components of the analog V3R and X6R series were installed throughout the ship.

For the first time ASC used a high-performance RTS ADAM-M intercom matrix as the central control system in order to handle the very exacting communication requirements of this cruise ship's various event areas. In addition to the conventional "partyline" communication this system enables a targeted point-to-point communication among the individual network nodes. The connection of the audio and intercom signals is ensured in both the analog and the digital mode. Digital communication is realised via the fully integrated RTS OMNEO media network architecture. OMNEO uses standard TCP-IP networks for multi-channel transmission of audio and data signals suitable for broadcasting virtually without delay. The IP network not only serves the numerous permanently installed RTS intercom stations but also allows for connecting more mobile communication stations to the intercom system any time and anywhere on the ship wherever these may be required. 

Wired communication for stage applications is ensured by a conventional RTS TW partyline system involving 15 BP-325 belt-packs and 12 WMS-300 wallmount substations which is connected to the central intercom system. A dual-channel RTS Radiocom UHF full-duplex wireless intercom system which is connected to the central matrix as well ensures mobile wireless communication. This intercom system consists of 3 BTR-800 base stations permanently installed in the central technical control facility below the Theatrium plus 2 TR-825 and 9 TR-800 wireless belt-packs to be used as mobile stations by the engineering staff on board.

The customer's request for unlimited use of the wireless belt-packs everywhere on the ship represented a major challenge. Given the enormous size of the ship the distribution of antennas based on analog control was out of the question. That is why ASC decided on using the WIBER HF fiber-based distribution system produced by TheWirelessWorks. Throughout the ship, a total of 18 antennas located in the various entertainment areas is connected to the control center bidirectionally via fiber-optic cables and thus enabled to send and receive signals in the UHF range. The same infrastructure is used to connect 2 InEar Monitoring body-packs with the corresponding transmitters in the central technical control facility. In this way a moderator with his mobile camera team is supplied with intercom signals or program audio signals wherever he is on the ship. 

The sound concept
The Theatrium is the central show venue of the AIDAprima and extends over three decks. The mobile revolving stage projects far into the auditorium and is surrounded by audience rows in a 200 degree radius. Airframes with rails add substantially to the aerialists' options with regard to artistic performance.

The main sound reinforcement system in the AIDAprima Theatrium consists of 20 Meyer Sound MINA Compact Curvilinear Array speakers and 2 self-powered Meyer Sound 1100-LFC (low-frequency control) Elements in all. Great importance was attached to installing active systems throughout the ship. With regard to the suspension of the line arrays ASC had to keep the specific conditions aboard the cruise liner in mind.

For instance the ASC engineers had to take the factor "dynamics of the ship" into account when laying out the sound equipment. That is why the line arrays are not simply suspended freely in space but are provided with attachment points in the bottom area which confer more stability to the clusters as a whole and secure them against the motion of the cruise ship at sea.

Like all subwoofers on the ship, the Meyer Sound 1100-LFC elements are placed on a foundation specifically designed by ASC which is separated from the hull by means of special foam blocks so as to minimize solid-borne sound transmission to the steel body of the ship. The main sound reinforcement system further includes 9 Meyer Sound UP4-XP active speakers integrated by ASC into the front edge of the stage as front fills.

Fifty-eight ultra-compact Meyer Sound UPM-1XP wide-coverage speakers in all and 18 self-powered Meyer Sound MM-4XP miniature speakers ensure clear and balanced sound in the back rows. Many of these speakers were supplied with a golden housing in harmonious correspondence with the interior design of the Theatrium. As far as this delay system goes ASC opted for XP types because the remote 19" power supply unit considerably reduces the installation effort. Invisible to the guests 15 more Meyer Sound M1D subs are installed in benches and other pieces of furniture and ensure that low frequencies are evenly distributed in space.

All of the 113 loudspeakers are processed by 3 Meyer Sound Galileo 616 speaker management systems. The sound system as a whole is remotely monitored by the Meyer Sound RMS (Remote Management System).

A DiGiCo SD7 digital audio mixing console connected to the Optocore network is provided in the Theatrium. All of the wireless microphone equipment was made by Sennheiser.

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    With the AIDAprima AIDA Cruises wants to provide further stimulation for growth to the German cruise market. The intention is to attract more tourists by offering cruises regardless of weather conditions. The ship departs from Hamburg for her one-week North Sea route from January to December.

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    AIDAprima is the eleventh ship of the AIDA fleet. 300 metres long, 37,60 metres wide, with 18 decks  she has room enough for diverse entertainment options: in the roofed Beach Club, the Four Elements activity deck, spas, and a Theatrium. And there is the cosmopolitan cuisine, of course. 

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    The Theatrium stands out for a first-class show concept, technically supported by state-of-the-art audio components, integrated video surfaces and a luminous LED ball which can also be used for projections.

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    WIBER by TheWirelessWorks – Main hub with service modules and remote unit. The system enables wireless products to be connected in an elegant way using optic fibre technology.

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