Global Market Leader for Cruise Ship Stages

Quantum of the Seas – technical perfection on the high seas

At 335 metres in length, "Quantum of the Seas" is the largest cruise ship ever to be built in Germany. At the Meyer Werft shipyard (DE), Waagner-Biro fitted the ocean-going giant with two modern ship stages - in the Royal Theater at the bow, and in the multimedia experience room Two70 at the ship's stern. In the Royal Theater it is possible to move the various orchestra and stage podiums, as well as the lighting, by means of computer. Six individually drivable stage wagon systems additionally enable the movement of backdrops, both to the sides and down into the stage depth.

Two70 generates the element of surprise equally in two ways: It is initially a cosy chill-out lounge serving up cuisine and a breath-taking 270 degree panoramic view of the sea, and in the next moment it has transformed into a multimedia experience world. When the panoramic glass frontage darkens, a robot arm pivots video panels from the ceiling, and catwalks and podiums rise up from the stage, the stage is ready for the next show performance. Added to this come oval side lifts, which raise backdrops out of the floor, as well as sliding traps from the ceiling and three actor's lifts that allow the performers to make an impressive stage entrance.

New projects with Germany and Japan current under way

Waagner-Biro is presently working with the shipyards Meyer Werft (Papenburg, DE) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (Nagasaki, JP) on four additional new ship constructions. In Papenburg the third Quantum class ship, "Anthem of the Seas" is being realised for Royal Caribbean, as well as the "Blizz" cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Lines. In Nagasaki, Aida has commissioned the latest Hyperion Class ship generation. The first ship, named AidaPrima, is set for handover to the customer at the end of the year. The second ship, as yet unnamed, is due for delivery in March 2016.

Stage construction from a single source

Sub-stage and overhead machinery, as well as the CAT control system, count among the core competences of Waagner-Biro Stage Systems. This is where the stage magic is produced - with the aid of revolving stages, lifting podiums, stage wagons, scenery and point hoists, as well as other technical solutions - to the delight of the audience. Waagner-Biro is one of very few suppliers on the market to offer the complete service spectrum, and is therefore a partner to the most significant opera and theatre houses in the world.