Promoted as the world’s first smartship, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, which set sail in November 2014, embraces technology at a whole new level as an environmentally friendly ship.
A key aspect of the smartship ethos was energy efficiency with a large number of Elation LED lighting and video products used in the ship’s many entertainment and relaxation areas.
“The core reason why we have so much LED lighting onboard Quantum is because of a directive that there should be no incandescent lamps, which would have been quite the challenge three years ago but is now possible,” said Christopher Vlassopulos, Superintendent SLVR & Architectural Lighting for Royal Caribbean International, who coordinated the design and specification for all the entertainment equipment in the ship’s public spaces, including the ship’s entertainment lighting systems. “By switching from incandescent to LED we realize millions of dollars in savings over the lifetime of Royal Caribbean ships and on Quantum we’ve also already benefited from the lower maintenance involved.”
Christopher says if the ship had been outfitted as they were in the past, they would already have relamped every single fixture. “That’s not only a considerable savings in cost but it frees technicians up to do other things with their time.”
A top attraction on Quantum is Two70, a multifunctional multi-story space that takes a futuristic approach to entertainment. During the day the room acts as a lounge area with a large window front providing 270° panoramic sea views. In the evening, Two70 becomes an event venue with stage shows performed beneath an Elation lighting rig before a huge floor-to-ceiling Vistarama video projection screen while six large Roboscreens driven by ABB Industrial Robots are included in the choreography.
The state-of-the-art 1300-seat Royal Theatre features a pair of top quality production shows – “Mamma Mia!” and “Sonic Odyssey.” Both shows are full productions and use a lighting rig of Elation LED-based fixtures and LED video screens.
In the two-story Music Hall, guests can enjoy a range of activities during the day while at night the multi-use venue comes alive as the heart of the ship’s entertainment. Lighting plays a major part in creating the atmosphere with an Elation rig capable of accommodating any and all events.
The Royal Esplanade is a multi-level thoroughfare lined with boutiques, clubs, restaurants and bars that runs along the length of the ship and provides an elegant retail shopping area and spacious gathering place for guests. Elation LED moving head fixtures painted white to blend in with the architecture run along each side of the Esplanade and provide mood lighting effects.
On deck 15 is the SeaPlex, the largest indoor active area on the ship where Elation LED lighting and a high-resolution 6 mm pixel pitch LED video wall dress the sports and entertainment venue in color and graphics.
Pool, Crew and Sports Decks
Specialty architectural effect lighting has been incorporated into several of the ship’s outdoor areas including the pool, crew and sports decks where Elation LED fixtures light up the decks in vibrant color.
ELED QA Strip
ELAR Quad Par
EPV20 video panels
EPV6 video panels
Pool, Crew and Sports Decks
ELAR 108 PAR
Amptown System Company: Media and entertainment system integration
Christopher Vlassopulos: Superintendent SLVR & Architectural Lighting, Royal Caribbean International
Benjamin Couling, Tristwell Solutions, Installation and commissioning
Lighting Designers: Alex Picotte, “Starwater” Two70; Susan Rose, “Virtual Concert” Two70; Ed McCarthy “Mamma Mia!” Royal Theatre; Todd Clark, “Sonic Odyssey” Royal Theatre