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Harman on the high seas for cruise ship lighting install

Harman Professional Solutions recently equipped Princess Cruises Golden Princess with a full complement of Martin by Harman lighting fixtures.

Harman Professional Solutions recently equipped Princess Cruises Golden Princess with a full complement of Martin by Harman lighting fixtures.

Golden Princess is a grand-class cruise ship accommodating 2,600 passengers and 1,100 crew members. As one of the first major cruise ships to sail in Antarctic waters, the Golden Princess has enabled passengers to enjoy luxury travel experiences to exotic locations throughout the world including Australia, Singapore, Hawaii, Alaska and more. 

In addition to a main atrium, guest rooms, formal dining rooms, high-end restaurants, swimming pools, children’s recreation areas and a miniature golf course, the Golden Princess features multiple live entertainment venues. The 1,000-capacity Princess Theater and two intimate show lounges host a wide range of live events including musical performances, ‘Voice of the Ocean’ talent shows and major original productions including several created in partnership with Stephen Schwartz – Oscar, Tony and Grammy award-winning composer of Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell

In order to ensure world-class lighting for live events, Princess Cruises recently decided to update the ship’s lighting systems. Derrin Brown, manager of production operations at Princess Cruises, consulted with lighting designers Kelly Easterling, Eric Wade, Mathew Tunchon and Jack Mehler for guidance and support while planning the new lighting system. After careful consideration, Princess Cruises hired Silver Bullet Projects to install a full array of Martin by Harman lighting fixtures for its colour-mixing, reliability and energy efficiency.

“Our previous lighting rig had seen its fair share of voyages and it was time for a major upgrade,” said Brown. “I asked a lot of lighting directors we work with about their favourite fixtures, and they all said the same thing; if you want innovative features and reliable performance, Martin is simply the best. Even though I had very high expectations, I was still blown away by the sheer beauty and power of the new Martin rig when I saw it in action for the first time. There’s a lot of things I love about Martin fixtures, but the most important factor is its gorgeous colours — no other fixture looks as rich and vibrant as Martin’s.”

Productions and events in the Vista and Explorer lounges benefit from the fully pre-mixed colours of MAC Aura XB LED wash fixtures and the versatile effects of RUSH MH1 Profile Plus moving spot fixtures. In addition to RUSH MH1 Profile Plus and MAC Aura XB fixtures, the main lighting rig in the Princess Theater notably features the new MAC Encore Performance, a full-featured, LED moving head fixture that generates pristine, full-spectrum light with ultra-high colour rendition.

“When you’re shopping for a primary profile these days, there are few good LED options, so I’m ecstatic about the new MAC Encore Performances,” continued Brown. “We use them as the primary fixtures in the Princess Theater because they’re unbelievably amazing. They’re extremely bright, their beams are fully uniform and they’re very well-engineered, so I know that I can trust their performance to be consistent and reliable.”

Brown added: “Since installing the rig, we’ve seen at least a 50% reduction in the venues’ heat and power consumption. And we’ve had to perform zero maintenance on the system since the installation, which also cuts down on labour costs. The new Martin system is a win-win in so many ways, I definitely look forward to using these fixtures again when it’s time to update other ships in our fleet.”