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Articles from 2010 In August

Queen Elizabeth's Royal Spa to offer Remède products and treatments

Queen Elizabeth's Royal Spa to offer Remède products and treatments

Plush robes, slippers and other amenities will be provided. Day passes are available for those passengers not booking a treatment.

Also, Queen Elizabeth will be the first spa at sea to offer Remède service, including customized facials and massages, as well as Remède and Elemis spa products.

The Royal Spa also includes a full-service hair and nail salon using using products such as  Phyto Hair Cocktails, Bliss Poetic Waxing and St. Tropez Sunless Tanning.

Queen Elizabeth’s fitness centre has a work-out facility and aerobics studio with classes including Walkvest, walking poles, and Aqua Tone. The spa’s Wellness Centre includes an acupuncturist and Ayurvedic treatments.


KONE gives a lift to Norwegian Epic

KONE gives a lift to Norwegian Epic

The order included 32 elevators, two dumbwaiters, one easy access platform and six escalators.

KONE said the energy-efficient elevators were designed and manufactured by its production facility in Finland, the specialized unit for customized elevators such as shipboard installations.

‘We are proud to contribute with our top-of-the-range People Flow solutions for this remarkable ship,’ said Ari Lehtoranta, evp major projects business, KONE.

KONE also supplied elevators and escalators for this year’s MSC Magnifica, Celebrity Eclipse and Allure of the Seas.

Paul Gauguin selects MCP for cellular service

Paul Gauguin selects MCP for cellular service

The delivery includes the removal of the existing network equipment and re-installation of new equipment, as well as services, engineering and product management, network improvement design, system integration and on-going network operations.

‘One of the main criteria for MCP to secure the contract was their proven ability to complete the change while the ship was still in operation and very quickly bring the vessel back online with minimal guest disruption,’ said Richard Bailey, president and ceo of Paul Gauguin Cruises.

‘We are very pleased to be able to bring such a fine luxury cruise ship into the MCP family of vessels,’ said Fred Sorensen, md for MCP in the Americas, adding that the company aims to continue building market share in the US.

CAST’s wysiwyg speeds pre-programming of HAL shows

CAST’s wysiwyg speeds pre-programming of HAL shows

Four shows debuted at the launch: ‘Live from the Avalon Ballroom,’ ‘Cantaré,’ ‘It Takes Two’ and ‘NYC.’ ‘Garage Band,’ another show on board, premiered last year on HAL’s Oosterdam. Pre-programming for all five shows was completed in wysiwyg R25.

The creative team for the shows includes director John Charron and lighting designer Brian Monahan of BPM Designs. Lighting and media programmer was David Horner, with all shows designed and pre-programmed in wysiwyg Perform. The wysiwyg drawing, wysiwyg equipment and part of the media content were carried out by Visual Connection Ltd. of the UK, under Horner’s direction.

Initial meetings with HAL began in spring 2009, but Horner and his team started designing and executing last May while the equipment installation was beginning on board. The drawing and wysiwyg set-up took around two weeks, and the pre-programming was completed in 10 days at the end of May. On-site work started on June 1. The first public shows launched on July 2 for the shipyard workers and their families.

In other words, installation, pre-cue and other work was completed in two months for shows totaling five hours. Horner credited wysiwyg for helping the speedy execution.

Total lighting equipment included 43 VL2500 Spots, 38 VL2500 Wash, 2 DL3s, one Axon Server, a 32’ x 12.5’ Barco LED Mi-trix wall, approximately 50 ETC S4s (spots and pars) with Wybron Coloram scrollers, six Martin Atomic Strobes, two Look hazers, six UV units with DMX dowsers, Low Fog system, three fiber optic curtains and two sets of fiber optic legs. Control came from a full-size GrandMA console (plus replay for backup), a Pathport system with approximately 50 nodes, three 48-way sensor racks and wysiwyg Perform.

Horner ran wysiwyg Perform 5000 on a custom-built personal computer with the new i7 Intel chip.

‘It worked so great,’ he said. Horner was able to connect the GrandMA desk into the software and even with more than 80 moving lights, all the conventionals and three separate live video feeds inputting into wysiwyg, the software performed well. That was the case, he said, ‘even when using complex scenarios such as all the lights [moving] whilst having a detailed gobo and rotating prism in them.’

R25 enabled Horner to look at the stage and scenery in a detailed virtual world with the Axis ability to create motion and move scenery in the same way as in the real shows. ‘The live-view looks in these latest [software versions] are so good and incredibly realistic,’ he said, adding that he especially likes the new feature that puts live video on an LED wall.

Crystal extends VSAT services contract with MTN

Crystal extends VSAT services contract with MTN

‘We’ve been very pleased with MTN’s superior level of service and support aboard the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony,’ said Bill Roberts, director of systems and operations at Crystal Cruises.

According to Brent Horwitz, svp MTN cruise and ferry services, MTN will continue providing a full range of satellite communication services for passengers and crew, including on-board cellular phone service, OceanPhone crew calling, inbound dialing and MTN Worldwide TV.

The agreement calls for each ship to have a guaranteed committed information rate (CIR) of 1 MB with the ability to burst to significantly higher bandwidth levels.