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Cruiseship AIDAVita offers the best of two vacation worlds. The AIDA cruise concept combines an active club vacation with all the amenities of a traditional four star cruise ship. Speaking of amenities - the ease of operating was the main reason why two grandMA lighting consoles were ranking high in the cruise ships's equipment specification list.
The ship's on board theatre with a seating capacity of 650 features twelve shows and professional entertainment performing alternately (60 minutes each). Hilton Jones was responsible for the theatre lighting design and grandMA provided the control. Console operator Joe Gruber at least programmed over 1800 cues, 80 sequences, and 120 macros. The grandMA delivered by Amptown Hamburg runs 46 moving lights, 132 channels for conventional lighting and 54 non-dim circuits.
It was the first grandMA encounter for Hilton Jones. Amazed by the versatility of the console, he changed thereafter the tender requirements for the AIDAvita and specified the grandMA. Jones commented: "It is easy and intuitive to operate the console, you have direct access to all channels and it takes you quickly there where you want it to." So grandMA was a natural choice becuase of different operators and lighting staff had to become familiar with the gear quickly. The grandMA user philosophy allows each operator to use the console in his individual way.
grandMA light at the pool deckAn additional console from the grandMA range, the grandMA light, is ready for anything at the pool deck. The console controls 48 conventional channels, eight moving lights, and eight scanners, as well as several outdoor colour changers. The pool deck offers three different stages for different applications.
Although very little equipment was required, the grandMA light was chosen due to its capability to provide back up and its compatibility to be used as a main console. The grandMA light is a perfect back up for the theatre console.