A stereoscopic 3D digital cinema is one of the signature features of Allure of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world and the latest vessel to be launched by Royal Caribbean International.
Provided by the German company FUNA International, the Amber Theater allows cruise guests can enjoy a full catalogue of Dreamworks movies alongside other 3D titles. Projection is courtesy of Barco and sound by Dolby. Configuring the cinema on a cruise ship had its own special challenges due to the maritime environment, limited space and in-house maintenance facilities.
“The result is a 3D movie experience as good as or better than any land-based theatre,” believes Christopher Vlassopulos of Royal Caribbean International & Celebrity Cruises.
In addition to the cinema, FUNA provided technical design, engineering, integration and consulting for entertainment, display and communications in most of the ship’s theatres, restaurants, clubs and public spaces.
Built at a cost of $1.5 billion (€1bn), Allure of the Seas features 16 decks and capacity for 5,400 guests. Weighing 225,282-tonnes, it is just 5cm longer than sister vessel Oasis of the Seas, for which FUNA provided a similar range of technical services. Three more ships will follow.
“These ships are vast, floating, state of the art resorts, of the same complexity and scope as a land-based resort complete with hotel, retail and entertainment but totally self-contained,” highlights FUNA senior vice-president Doug Ellis.