Tuesday, 10 July 2001
Golden Princess, the newest member of the P&O Cruises fleet, left Southampton on May 16th to spend th summer cruising the Mediterranean, before heading off to the Caribbean for the winter. The ship features three separate show lounges, each of which incorporates Blackout Triple E engineering and equipment. Because traditional fittings are often unsuitable, contractor HMS Italia enlisted Blackout Triple E to develop systems for the particular environment of the cruise ship, including its Austrian curtain mechanisms and Unirail and Unitrack systems for installation in the principal and cabaret theatres. Though the tracks are mainly for curtains, the Vista Lounge uses Chaintrack to carry two 300kg rotating scenic panels, and the main lounge features Unibeam tracks to carry lighting ladders on each side of the stage. Blackout Triple E also provided the control for the safety curtain in the main lounge, which featured an additional control position on the ship’s bridge. Chris Bowen of HMS commented: "We often use Blackout Triple E products and we are already working together on another two ships for P&O Princess Cruises. Golden Princess will join a fleet that currently numbers nine ships, and the additional two vessels are due for delivery in January 2002 and Spring 2004."