Robe moving lights for futuristic new cruise vessel

“Robe always keep coming up with interesting innovations,” says lighting designer Chris Moylan.

David Davies

Robe moving lights have been installed in the main theatre and club venues aboard Mein Schiff 3 (My Ship), the latest state-of-the-art cruise ship to be delivered from the STX Finland shipyard in Turku to German-based operator TUI Cruises.

Lighting for the two areas has been designed and specified by Chris Moylan of Berlin-based Optikalusion, which designs touring shows and assorted live and special events as well as currently designing lighting, video and automation for TUI Cruises’ new shows and consulting on equipping the key entertainment locations on their new vessels.

He collaborated closely with TUI Cruises’ Head of Technical Torsten Hirche on both these areas on Mein Schiff 3 to devise a suitably dynamic lighting rig. In the 1000-capacity theatre, the core of the lighting rig is 47 Robe ROBIN DLF Washes, which are rigged above the stage and used as the main wash fixtures front and back lighting. They are joined by 16 ROBIN LEDWash 800s, some utilised for side lighting and some positioned on the stage deck where the requirement is for a small, neat and bright unit. The Abtanzbar nightclub, meanwhile, is fitted with 36 ROBIN LEDBeams in a matrix shape over the dance floor. Control for both venues is provided by grandMA2 running over ArtNet.

“Robe always keep coming up with interesting innovations,” says Moylan, who was also involved in the redesign and relighting of the two previous Mein Schiffs, during which he make extensive use of Robe fixtures.