Maritime Projects

Quantum of the Seas

The vessel
Royal Caribbean International is an international cruise brand with a total of 23 ships serving more than 270 destinations throughout the world. The Quantum of the Seas is the first cruise liner in the ground-breaking new Quantum Class. With a length of 347.75 meters and a width of 41.4 meters, it offers space on 18 decks for around 4,180 passengers, and can also accommodate approximately 1,500 crew members and workers. The Quantum of the Seas is the largest cruise liner ever built in Germany, and the third biggest in the world. The ocean giant offers its international clientele diverse sporting and recreation activities on board, varied cuisine, and scintillating shore excursions, backed up by fabulous entertainment and pioneering technical sophistication. It was handed over to the owner in Bremerhaven on October 28, 2014. Its maiden voyage from Cape Liberty to the Bahamas began on November 23, 2014. The ship will be setting off in May 2015 on a world voyage towards Shanghai, which from the end of June onwards will be its home port.
The order
Hamburg-based system supplier Amptown System Company undertook the complete networking of around 40 entertainment areas on the Quantum of the Seas, and fitted out the cruise liner with its audio, video, lighting, and control equipment. Technical planning was done by specialists at the cruise line company Royal Caribbean International (RCI). The stately vessel was built by Meyer Shipyard in Papenburg. Sophisticated media technology enables the staging of creative and imaginative shows combined with captivating visuals.

The solution
Because the order encompassed numerous very varied areas, we will focus on three entertainment zones:

The transformative Two70 venue is a large, multi-level room with a 270° panoramic view across the sea from the stern of the ship. It provides a stage on board for entertainment, combining the latest technology with performances by dancers, singers, aerialists, and musicians. Vistarama on the window frontage of the Two70 transforms the floor-to-ceiling windows into a variety of scenes. Eighteen Panasonic projectors project images to create a 30-meter-wide and over six-meter-high backdrop. Digital shows reproduced in an industry-first 12K resolution (12,000 pixels) bring life to the venue. Then there are six moving Roboscreens, each with a screen-diagonal of 100”, which are controlled by agile ABB robotic arms. These can be used to create scenery by means of isolated movements, rotation, and combined action to form a large overall area. ASC programmed the projection of content so that the elements of the image merge seamlessly into each other. Ember+ was integrated into coolux’s Widget Designer software to provide image control and playback. The use of Pandoras Box and Widget Designer enables images to be played by projection and on LED areas, while VSM takes care of routing on all signal channels as well as additional players such as AJA Ki Pro-Players.

PA systems made by various manufacturers such as Meyer Sound, KV2 Audio, and APG were used in the entertainment areas.

The Royal Theater
Passengers can enjoy genuine Broadway entertainment in the theater between Deck 4 and Deck 6 in the bow of the ship. The venue can accommodate around 1,300 guests and includes a complete stage with upper and lower rigging, making it even bigger than a conventional city theater. ASC installed a complex sound system made by the company Meyer Sound, whose main speakers consist of two M’elodie Line Arrays, each comprising ten elements. There are also two 700-HP subwoofers, and one center cluster consisting of five Meyer Sound Mina Compact Curvilinear Array loudspeakers. UP4-XP loudspeakers are used along the edge of the stage. Twenty two UPM-1P speakers are used as a delay beneath the galleries. The surround system and the gantry fills consist of 40 x UP-Junior speakers. The loudspeaker management system consists of 3 x Galileo 616. Complete sound direction is done using a DiGiCo SD5 mixing desk, while signals are distributed via an optical network consisting of DiGiCo SD-Racks. Wireless microphone equipment was supplied by Shure. ASC also fitted the complete lighting system consisting of LED equipment made by Elation und VER (Verrents). Video components provide a varied backdrop, the content of which is played using coolux media servers.

Music Hall
The Music Hall is the music club of the Quantum Class where passengers can enjoy live performances such as jazz events, themed parties, games of pool, and much more besides. During the day the program includes activities ranging from dance lessons to improvisation workshops. This event space extends over Decks 3 and 4, and there is a clear view of the elevated main stage from all sides. Around 400 guests can enjoy live music there accommodated in the stalls, the circle, and the mezzanine balconies. ASC installed the complete sound and lighting system. Again they used Meyer Sound speakers, controlled using a Meyer Sound Galileo 408. A Christie projector provides visual effects and projections to accompany the music.

Other areas such as the SeaPlex, which is the largest interior active area consisting of sports and entertainment zones, the Royal Esplanade, which is the vessel’s shopping mall, and diverse catering facilities, were also part of the commissioned entertainment system.

Audio network on board
The network-based digital audio network Q-Sys, made by QSC, was one of the largest installations ever done by ASC. Q-Sys is based on the proprietary Gigabit Ethernet Q-LAN, which is built upon network standards. It efficiently merges all signal transmission and processing, as well as the control and monitoring of the complex system on the Quantum of the Seas. The Q-Sys system services around 80 outlets on board. Various network lines lead to outlet points in the public areas of the ship, at which touch-panels can be used to program the content required, such as the type of background music.

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    Quantum of the Seas

    The first cruise liner in the Quantum Class belonging to Royal Caribbean International is also the third largest cruise vessel in the world. It was built at Meyer Shipyard in Papenburg.

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    Quantum of the Seas

    In the 270°, innovative projection equipment allows guests to enjoy the daily panoramic view over the ocean, as well as fabulous scenery after the sun goes down.

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    Quantum of the Seas

    Professional equipment in the field of sound, lighting, projection, and control guarantees that every show is unique and overwhelming.

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    Quantum of the Seas

    Six moving Roboscreens, each with a screen-diagonal of 100” and controlled by agile robotic arms, create scenes, moving individually and turning, or merging to form one large area.

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    Quantum of the Seas

    The Music Hall is the music club of the Quantum Class where passengers can enjoy live performances. The hall offers a clear view of the elevated main stage from all sides, including from mezzanine balconies.

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