Ovation, Anthem & Quantum of the Seas
The Quantum of the Seas entered service on 28th of October 2014 and - at 167,800 gross register tons - is the largest cruise ship ever built in Germany. Size-wise, it takes third place world-wide, and it numbers among the most innovative cruise ships on the market. This is also true for its entertainment offerings and for the on-board stage show technology in particular.
The 335 m long Quantum offers a number of shopping, sports and leisure attractions, but two of its main attractions are the Royal Theatre at the bow and the Two70, a multi-media entertainment and adventure room at the stern of the ship. In the Royal Theatre, which accommodates an audience of 1,299, Waagner-Biro has installed 25 computer-controlled drives in extremely limited space. Although space was tight, we were able to also install a two-storey catwalk grid, additional special drives for shows, lighting and other equipment. Another 18 drives are integrated into the lower stage machinery. Six scissor-type lifting platforms on the main stage and a 3-partbean-shaped orchestra platform are complemented laterally by six mobile stage waggon systems. They may be moved independently and may be used to transport stage sets to and from the sides and into the centre of the stage. At first glance, the Two70 is a chillout lounge with catering and an incredible 270° view of the sea. However, the Two70 has the ability to morph into a multi-media show and adventure
room in next to no time. The huge panorama glass front is shaded by blinds onto which a continuous panorama may be projected, thus enticing the audience into another world. The stage show comes to life right in the middle of the audience.
A massive arm with high-resolution video panels dancing on six robots may be lowered silently from the impressive ceiling. The video content streaming across the screens is coordinated with the movement of the panels and the music. In the foreground, a ring-shaped podium with a secondary
platform and turning disk rises from the dancefloor. Combined with the lateral runway lifts this creates a catwalk running straight across the room. The large oval lifts on the left and right sides
of the stage conjure stage sets into place – as if by magic. The three actors lifts that are distributed around the room similarly make actors appear out of the floor right in-between the spectators. And four sliding traps lower artists down into the spectacle from the ceiling. Just as the spectator loses himself in this world, he or she is woken from this dream, and the entire machinery disappears again….
The symbiosis of this in-part novel type of stage technology with highly dynamic robots combined with impressive video panels that display videos synchronized with their movement is, in this form, most certainly unique. Waagner-Biro won over Meyer Werft shipyard and Royal Caribbean International shipping company in terms of performance as well as quality, and thus convinced them that they were the right partner for the job. The first sister ships, the Anthem of the Seas, with the same amazing entertainment offerings was delivered in 2015 and the third one, the Ovation of the Seas, 2016.
RCCL has ordered the fourth ship "Spectrum of the Seas" and No. 5 already.
Facts & Figures
- 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 & 2020
- Business area
- Stage Systems
- Project Type
- Cruise Ship
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Liner