You would be hard-pressed to find another cruise ship venue as wholly magnificent as Two70º is onboard Royal Caribbean International’s newest Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. The multipurpose room on Anthem was recently put through its paces by Nick Weir, vice president of entertainment for the cruise line, to demonstrate everything it can do, and it’s undeniably impressive. Take a look for yourself by reading and watching behind the scenes. Of course, nothing can substitute for actually being onboard and experiencing it for yourself.
Observation Lounge and Stage
Two70º is first a double-decker aft-facing observation lounge with beautiful 270-degree vistas overlooking the ship’s stern and wake by day. It is accurately described as a comfortable “living room,” complete with plenty of seating areas, a balcony, its own cafe, library and craft workshop. By night, it is transformed into an entertainment venue unlike any other at sea or on land, Las Vegas included.Furniture then is temporarily put away to clear three main multi-level stage areas with a rotating cake lift that are populated not by a backstage but rather an over and understage which according to Weir is “a labyrinth of corridors and dressing rooms and prop rooms and connecting conduits.” There are also six strategically placed torpedo tubes where actors are ejected from below and acrobats are lowered from above into the theater space, and the venue’s LED lamps and bar are computer controlled with adjustable hues.
A screen covers the windows to create an unprecedented projection backdrop over 100 feet wide and 20 feet tall called Vistarama, “for those of you who are getting excited about resolutions, as I do,” said Weir.“You know, we’re all talking about should we go from high definition to 4K,” he continued. “Shall we? Is there enough content? Well, that’s 12K! There are 12,000 pixels across the top, and everything that goes on that screen, we’ve had to create ourselves at Royal Caribbean. Although we’re very much a cruise line, we’re sort of starting to pioneer now in the world of cinematography, video and entertainment in general.“It’s actually super complicated to do what we’ve done there because unlike a cinema, we have folded the projectors up into the ceiling. So, that screen is actually made of 18 different projectors, and each projector is overlapping slightly on the one next to it, pixel by pixel. About 150 pixels of each axis is overlapping, and then using super clever technology and software and very clever projectors that are able to move on a gimbal, we can overlap the pixels on top of each other perfectly and even account for vibration when we’re at sea.”And the results, from an elaborate video test card to concert films, are absolutely stunning. In its simplest form, there are about 20 passive environmental projections that casually animate the space at various times throughout the cruise, and are usually played back-to-back on the final day of the sailing, like “Mysterious Library,” a massive ornamental wall filled with books and paintings that are brought to life. Another, the “Airship” creatively replaces the real horizon line with clouds to simulate floating in a pre-war zeppelin instead of aboard a
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