This summer, Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed the spectacular Norwegian Joy to its fleet. A custom-built ship for the Chinese cruise market, Joy offers a luxurious experience for up to 3,850 guests. The ship features the first racetrack at sea; multiple bars, restaurants and casinos; a shopping centre; a water park; and a theatre. To help set the right mood for the ship’s many and varied attractions, the vessel is equipped with multiple lighting control desks and an array of lighting fixtures from ETC.
At 167,725 tons and 326 metres (1,069 feet) long, Joy is one of the largest cruise ships ever built, and was constructed by major German shipbuilder Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. AV systems integrator Wärtsilä Funa Solutions was appointed to deliver the entertainment systems for the ship’s numerous attractions. The Funa team specified a total of 10 ETC lighting control consoles, positioned in strategic locations throughout the cruise ship. Sarah Wegner, a freelance lighting programmer and event technology specialist, was entrusted with the installation, setup and programming of the desks. Reliability was the overriding factor in determining the choice of consoles. "It’s essential that the consoles function reliably, since it’s not possible to get a replacement when the ship is on the high seas,” explains Wegner. “There is a mobile Ion, which could be exchanged in an emergency, but otherwise you have to wait until you’re back on dry land."
In the ship’s theatre, which provides an experience to rival venues on the mainland, an ETC Eos® RPU is used for primary lighting control, with a Gio® console as backup. Ion® and Gio consoles are dotted around the ship for lighting control for a wide range of the other on-board attractions. The requirements are quite diverse: the Supper Club restaurant offers an intimate theatre experience; the Spice H2O bar takes inspiration from summer beach parties; there’s an aqua park with waterslides; a small atrium stage; and an outdoor disco. An ETC lighting control desk is also used in the Galaxy Pavilion, which transports visitors into a virtual entertainment world featuring thrilling interactive experiences, including racing simulators and a virtual roller coaster.
“The theatre shows are programmed by the production team,” says Wegner. “For all the other areas I have saved cues and stored them either on a server or in the desk.” Media Tubes installed in the Galaxy Pavilion and Spice H2O for effect lighting take advantage of Eos’ pixel mapping capabilities. To achieve the desired looks, Wegner created the Media Tubes on an Ion control desk in pixel mapping view. “Eos software is ideal for this,” adds Wegner. “I was able to check in the preview how the parameters affected the overall picture. I prepared everything in there and saved some sample cues.”
Additionally, the Galaxy Pavilion, Supper Club and atrium are equipped with a selection of ColorSource® Spot and PAR luminaires. These four-colour LED fixtures are capable of supplying bright, colourful light that can be tailored to suit the distinct needs of the different venues. And, it’s not just the cruise passengers benefitting from ETC technology on Norwegian Joy. Behind the scenes, in the crew disco, Wegner has programmed an Ion console with a selection of different cues, comfortably retrievable by the crew from the server.