The wonder of RoboSpots and TE Technology at sea
The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International’s Wonder of the Seas will have four Robe RoboSpot systems installed in its 1600‐seat capacity Main Theater and two more in Studio B, which is the iconic Royal Caribbean ice rink.
The four Wonder of the Seas Main Theater RoboSpot BaseStations will be controlling eight FORTE moving lights from Robe, each running in conjunction with four motion cameras. The two BaseStations in the ice rink will be used with four ESPRITE LED Profiles. Both FORTE and ESPRITE luminaires are from Robe’s ground‐breaking range of LED TRANSFERABLE ENGINE lighting fixtures, an intelligent, powerful, and eco‐friendly lighting solution for now and the future which enables diﬀerent engines – high powered, high CRI, ‘tungsten’ – to be used in the same fixtures and changed quickly and eﬃciently in 5 ‐ 7 minutes.
Project managing the vessel’s show lighting installations for Royal Caribbean was Ben Couling, who worked closely on Wonder of the Seas with Gaëtan Mornet of cruise AV integration specialist, Videlio‐HMS from St. Nazaire which completed the installation. The relationship between Royal Caribbean and Robe started when Miami‐based Christopher Vlassopulos, Royal Caribbean’s sound, light, and AV systems manager for new build projects, and Amir El Yordi from Control AV Miami visited the Robe booth at LDI 2019, whilst Odyssey was already under construction.
For the Wonder Main Theater, the RoboSpot BaseStations and operators are concealed from view on catwalks above the lighting rig, but the space is flexibly designed, and thanks to a comprehensive IP network, the BaseStations, consoles, and other essential hardware can be brought into the house and seating areas to be closer to the stage for tech and rehearsal periods. For Wonder’s Main Theater installation, the exceptional power and punch of the FORTE was required, so that was the chosen moving light, complete with the TE™ 1.000W HP (High Performance) white LED engine which produces the highest possible output.
Robe ESPRITES were spec’d for Wonder’s Studio B ice rink which measures 60 x 40ft and has a lower ceiling, and so is suited to a bright and versatile product that is slightly smaller. These work in pairs on two RoboSpot systems covering each side of the ice.
Photos © Ben Couling