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Spectrum of the Seas features first LED install on a cruise ship

Spectrum of the Seas, the first ship of the Quantum Ultra Class for Royal Caribbean International, boasts the cruise line’s first private enclave for suite guests, new stateroom categories, innovative dining concepts, and stunning features and experiences – many of which have never before been seen at sea. The ship also features new technologies brought to life by tennagels Medientechnik GmbH, including the first LED installation on a cruise ship. 

The Main Dining Room of Spectrum of the Seas, which extends over three levels and can accommodate up to 1,844 guests, features on two levels a virtual colonnade, each 16 meters long, which is adapted to themes and moods by various video animations. This special effect is created on unique LED walls specially made for these corridors.

Both concave and convex curved LED screens with a pixel pitch of 1.9mm and a luminance of 700 Nits provide high resolution for the changing video content developed by Peter Millard and Partners of London. On each deck, the LED wall consists of a 4.75-meter-long straight section and 11.5-meter curved section, both with a height of more than two meters. Identical sections are installed on the left and right side of the entry corridor. The straight section of this installation offers a resolution of 2432×1088 pixels, while the curved section has a resolution of 5888×1088 pixels. All modules are mounted on a single, custom-made frame.

Inside the Main Dining Room, two additional curved LED walls in the lounge corners at the opposite end of the hall help to create a very special atmosphere for the guests. The identical screens have a length of eight meters, a height of one meter and a resolution of 4096×512 pixels. 

The total of 155sqm of LED surface of the four walls in the entrance areas and the two walls in the lounge corners are specially coated and washable.

“This product took some research and our partner tennagels have proven once again that they can find a solution to our many creative wishes,” explains Christopher Vlassopulos, manager new building entertainment robotics, Sound & Light at Royal Caribbean.

“In this highly frequented area, the specially developed LED technology must be particularly well protected and, with more than 1,800 guests a day, washable after accidentally spilling liquids. In addition, in this very demanding environment, the installation must run reliably in 24/7 operation and have very low heat emission. This LED signage solution with a special design fulfills all these criteria and is a true game changer.”

Spectrum of the Seas also features the Ultimate Family Suite a three-bedroom suite, which includes a master bedroom with a bathroom that extends over the side of the ship to provide unparalleled ocean views, along with two additional suites for grandparents and other family members. Kids have their own kid-friendly space on the upper level, complete with an in-suite slide that will transport them to the living area below. Everyone in the family can enjoy time together in the recreation room, featuring surround-sound equipment for a night of karaoke, movies or video games.

The Ultimate Family Suite also boasts another creative feature; tennagels equipped the staircase with virtual piano keys. The steps become an interactive musical instrument that either react like real piano keys or play pre-programmed songs. The LED lighting of the steps reacts to each footfall and lights up in white or varying color.

“For tennagels it was a great honour and an even greater challenge to develop and install a completely new product in such a short time. It only took 5 months from the initial idea to the finished installation,” says Leif Witte, managing partner at tennagels and the project lead.