Robe Rides the Waves with Mein Schiff 5

German based cruise operator TUI Cruises have continued their work with Robe Lighting on their latest model of Mein Schiff cruise ships. This follows up very successful Robe installations on Mein Schiff 3 in 2014 and Mein Schiff 4 in 2015.

At 295-metres long and 35.8-metres wide Mein Schiff 5’weighs 99,800 tonnes, offers 1,276 passenger staterooms – most with private balconies, together with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, an array of entertainment, sports and a large variety of fine dining options.

The latest vessel was built in Meyer Turku Shipyard in Finland and saw and expansion to the entertainment areas. Klanghaus which was previously a very basic music chamber has evolved into a full Studio performance space staging numerous more intimate entertainment pieces including a new holographic projection show. Outside on deck, the pool stage has also been enlarged from previous vessels, with the staging of an all new lighting and projection extravaganza, Meeresleuchten.

The system includes 65 DL4 series luminaires in the form of 50 DL4F LED washes and 15 DL4S Profiles – as specified by Chris Moylan, lighting designer and programmer of Berlin based Optikalusion.

In addition to the 65 DL4F and DL4Ss, there are 16 LEDWash 800s in the theatre, 48 LEDBeam 100’s in the club and 30 Anolis Outdoor ArcSource 48MC and 24MC LED fixtures, all delivered to the project by Robe’s Finnish distributor, F-Musiikki Oy from Vantaa. Wartsila FUNA International were responsible for the electrical installation.

Energy efficiency was a key principal underlining the whole lighting installation, together with providing a flexible and robust infrastructure for the 12 technical crew who are running everything whilst MS5 is at sea.

The DL4Fs were selected as the primary wash light for the theatre rig, used as both effects and general stage lighting. Chris explained: “This is still the ONLY RGBW theatre luminaire with a front lens, and the new ‘4’ version – he used first generation DLFs on Mein Schiff 3 – is hugely brighter. The dimming granularity is excellent and it’s simply an amazing fixture! Well done Robe!”

The LEDWash 800s are used for additional up / down and side lighting washes and this small, powerful LED source has long been a favourite of Chris’. They were selected for the RGBW LED sources (which produces identical colours to the DL4F), the good zoom and excellent quality of light produced, including proper whites.

The small size, tiny dimensions and speed of LEDBeam 100s again proved ideal for the club which has a low celling, and where lighting positioned and used well, can really enhance the atmosphere and appearance.

The DL4S, as another multifunctional fixture, was chosen as the studio’s main stage/artists lighting as well as effects, Chris likes its versatility – the gobos and washes are great for general environmental lighting.

Reliability and lifespan are huge issues when specifying kit that’s destined for a working life on-board a cruise ship. It’s likely to be miles from a service centre most of the time and ordering spares and parts can potentially take weeks and be a logistical nightmare.

Lighting the outdoor area by the pool deck was one of the biggest challenges of MS5, Chris decided to use the Anolis Outdoor ArcSource 48 and 24 MC LED fixtures to highlight a set of architectural sails which frame the stage at one end of the pool area.