Genting Dream cruises towards China
CHINA: A new cruise liner destined for the Asia Pacific and outfitted for the Chinese market, has been delivered from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to the Dream Cruises shipping company. Starting this month, the ship will begin weekly and weekend trips departing from Guangzhou, and week-long trips from Hong Kong and Sanya. Tasked with providing media equipment in the cruise liner’s various entertainment areas, German systems integrator Amptown System Company (ASC) was enlisted for its expertise in audio, light, projection, and control engineering on projects like the Royal Caribbean International Quantum class and the Aida fleet, and its implementation of broadcasting and transmission applications.
At 335m-long and capable of accommodating 3,360 passengers and 2,000 crew, outfitting the 151,300 tonne vessel was no small feat. Working closely with Meyer Werft specialists during the design stage, ASC devised technical solutions with an emphasis on the ‘translation of show ideas into practice’, with special attention paid to audio reinforcement in areas such as the 1,000-seat theatre. There’s no shortage of things to do on the vessel either; entertainment includes small submarines which accommodate four passengers each, Bar 360 in the heart of the ship, the Zodiak Theater presenting shows and films, the Genting Rouge Entertainment Lounge, five karaoke rooms, the Zouk at Sea event area with Indoor Club, Sport Bar with pool tables, a bowling alley, the Zouk Beach pool party venue and a water park.
While it’s common on similar ships to source equipment from a variety of companies, ACS worked with German loudspeaker manufacturer d&b audiotechnik to design and install a ‘single-source’ PA system provide audio editing and signal distribution options throughout the ship, with the d&b models selected according to the application and overall architecture of each specific area. A DiGiCo console takes pride of place for mixing in the Zodiak Theatre.
Away from audio, a large complement of Martin Professional equipment has been deployed for lighting, alongside ETC profile spotlights and an M6 lighting console in the Zodiak Theatre. A 5m-diameter revolving LED floor serves as a stage for dance shows, which is programmable with content via a coolux media server system and can be moved while the show is ongoing. The Zouk at Sea Club with an outdoor party area at the stern of the ship has been outfitted with a saltwater-resistant Daktronics LED-Wall suspended from a bespoke steel structure.