Chauvet boards world’s largest cruise ferry
Thursday, 9 May 2019
colorline-photocredit-kwieThe ship boasts a fully-equipped theatre, shopping mall and nightclub (photo: Kwie)
Norway - Boasting 1000 cabins and 54 suites, the MS Color Magic is the world's largest cruise ferry. For guests on her regular voyage between Oslo and Kiel however, Color Magic's real appeal lies in its generous onboard activities and entertainment, which includes a fully-equipped theatre, shopping mall and a night club.
After having installed over 50 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot and Wash fixtures as part of the vessel’s 2018 entertainment upgrade - which included installations in both the theatre and night club - Entech International was once again brought on-board to work on the ship's promenade area, specifying 14 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot and 12 Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures.
In addition to providing a more efficient upgrade to replace the outdated lighting equipment on the ship, which is owned by Color Line, the new Maverick fixtures created opportunities to enliven the pop-up shows, acrobatic performances, magic performances and other activities taking place on the promenade, as well as providing ambient lighting throughout the crossing.
"After last year's successful theatre upgrade, we were confident that the Maverick Spot and Wash combination would be more than capable of providing a number of punchy, yet precise, looks to transform the promenade," comments Simon Featherstone, project manager at Entech International. "As a result, we knew that the versatility of the fixtures would provide a great solution for Color Line.”
Positioned from several high-level trussing beams spanning the promenade area and its array of shops, bars, mini stages and restaurants from port to starboard sides, the 440W Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures provide a number of concentrated effects for a host of different supporting atmospheres. “The MK2 Spot’s 5-facet prism and frost effects allow for the introduction of some very soft and subtle textures over the general promenade and the performance bridge spanning the walkway,” says Featherstone. “Also, the 13º - 37º zoom range comes in exceptionally handy when you consider the height of the trussing."
Due to the fact that refurbishments for cruise ferries of this kind normally require the ship to be docked, considerations such as size, weight and ease of setup were at the forefront of Entech's considerations in selecting an appropriate set of fixtures. Crucially for Entech, however, the compact light weight of the Chauvet fixtures and their ease of installation ensured that the job could be completed in one overnight session.
“Our decision to go with the Mavericks has been a win-win for everyone involved,” concludes Featherstone. “While guests can now enjoy top-quality lighting atmosphere, Color Line benefits from the low power consumption and reliability of the LED fixtures.”
(Jim Evans)

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