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Elation LED lighting brings energy efficient footprint to world’s largest cruise ship

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class ship that features all new experiences combined with energy-efficient Elation Professional LED lighting systems.

Royal Caribbean’s newly built Symphony of the Seas is claimed to be the largest and most advanced cruise ship in the world. An Oasis-class ship that features all new experiences while continuing to minimise the energy footprint with energy-efficient Elation Professional LED lighting systems.

Symphony of the Seas is the fourth Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship to sail with Elation lighting, following sister ships Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.

Built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, Symphony of the Seas can host around 6,600 passengers plus 2,200 crew. The ship first sailed in April of this year and is packed with all of the perks you would expect of a big mega-cruiser along with new thrills to enhance the guest experience like laser tag and the tallest slide at sea. Like other Oasis-class ships, Symphony of the Seas features the easily navigable neighbourhood concept and other popular fleet-wide amenities. 

Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Royal Caribbean aimed to improve the ship’s energy efficiency performance and reduce its environmental impact and the large number of Elation LED lighting products fit that energy saving ethos perfectly with significant savings in power and dollars. Chantiers de l’Atlantique worked with Benjamin Couling, project manager – New Build SLVR at Royal Caribbean International, who specified the equipment for all entertainment lighting onboard and commissioned the lighting systems ship wide. He also project-managed the install in the Royal Theater and Studio B.

“The directive of no incandescent lamps onboard and no lamp changes means we realise millions of dollars in savings over the lifetime of Royal Caribbean ships,” said Christopher Vlassopulos, manager sound and light for Royal Caribbean International, who co-ordinated the design and specification for all the entertainment equipment in Symphony of the Seas’ public spaces, including the ship’s entertainment lighting systems. “By switching from incandescent to LED we benefit from less maintenance and less power used, and with less heat generated there is a lower burden on the air conditioning system, which translates into power and fuel savings. The dollar savings over the lifetime of a ship is quite significant.” The savings extends to other areas as well – less cabling, fewer connections, and no dimmers.

From an entertainment lighting perspective, many of the Elation LED lighting systems in the ship’s entertainment and relaxation areas mirror those found on sister-ship Harmony of the Seas albeit with updated fixture choices. “Nearly every aspect is the same as that found on Harmony,” stated Vlassopulos. “One key exception is in Studio B, where the conventional fixtures were all taken out and replaced with all DMX-controllable automated lighting, which is a significant difference.”

One of many Royal Caribbean innovations, Studio B is a theatre-in-the-round ice rink where world class figure skaters perform a high-tech ice-skating show called 1977 that brings guests to London where the crown jewels are stolen in the heist of the century. 

Keeping up with the high-paced ice skating show and adding an enhancing visual dimension to the show is a dynamic lighting rig made up of nearly all Elation LED luminaires: Platinum Seven LED moving heads, Artiste DaVinci CMY and graphics luminaires, Proton 3K LED strobes and Colour Chorus 72 LED battens. “The Elation lighting in Studio B is the best constellation for performance, energy saving and maintenance,” added Vlassopulos.

In the evening, most guests head to the two-deck Royal Theater, where a production of the Tony award-winning Broadway hit Hairspray is featured, as well as an original production titled Flight: Dare to Dream. Both shows thrill audiences using a bevy of Elation lights including Artiste DaVinci and Platinum Seven moving heads, Colour Chorus 72 LED battens, Fuze Wash Z350 LED moving head wash lights, ZCL 360i beam effects, Platinum Beam 5R Extreme and Proton 3K LED strobes. Meanwhile, adding colour and effect to two shows at the AquaTheater, an impressive open-air stage and high-diving acrobatic performance space at the back of the ship, are SixPar 300 IP colour changers and Proton 3K LED strobe lights.

Other entertainment technology upgrades onboard Symphony include new fixtures on the pool deck where Elation ELAR 108 Par lights – staples on previous Royal Caribbean ships – have been replaced with Elation’s SixPar 200 IP, a weatherproof LED Par light that gives a bigger and better overall colour wash, according to Vlassopulos. The SixPars house a high-power 6-colour LED multi-chip and are used to light up the band stand and pool deck in vibrant colour. In fact, the versatile colour wash lights are employed across Symphony from the Royal Promenade and AquaTheater, to the pool deck and FlowRider surf area, as well as in club and lounge areas. 

When strolling down the Royal Promenade, a popular meeting area running the length of the ship where guests come to shop, dine and be entertained, Elation Platinum Spot LED Pro 3 LED moving heads, Fuze Wash Z350 and SixPar 100s are used as atmospheric and show enhancement throughout the day and night, including for a popular parade spectacle complete with performers and floats called Anchors Aweigh.

Elation LED lighting is used to add colour and excitement to a host of onboard clubs, bars and lounges including Royal Caribbean’s signature Latin club Boleros, Dazzles nightclub, The Attic comedy club, On Air Club, and Jazz on 4, as well as teen areas.