Oasis of the Seas

At 225,282 gross registered tons, Oasis of the Seas is the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship on the sea. It spans 16 decks, 24 passenger elevators, 2,700 state rooms and 7 distinctly themed neighborhoods and can accommodate 5,400 guests at double occupancy.

Overview

At 225,282 gross registered tons, Oasis of the Seas is the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship on the sea. It spans 16 decks, 24 passenger elevators, 2,700 state rooms and 7 distinctly themed neighborhoods and can accommodate 5,400 guests at double occupancy.

The Oasis of the Seas, which made its inaugural voyage on December 5 2009, is maintained by a crew of 2,165 members from over 71 countries.

When building the largest cruise ship ever at sea, many challenges had to be overcome when it came to lighting design and usage.

The challenge was to find a solution that would withstand the harsh environment of the ocean better than that of traditional lighting. It was equally important to find a way that would lower energy demands on the ship’s generators and reduce lighting maintenance requirements.

Additional requirements were to provide lighting that was dimmable and also produce light with consistent color and tones. The goal was to create a warm atmosphere for passengers to enjoy.

“We wanted to improve on earlier performance whilst at the same time ensuring that the ambience would be as good as or even better than before,” says Svein Medhaug, electrical superintendent at Royal Caribbean International.

LED lighting was the definitive choice to meet these requirements. LED Source® worked closely with Project Manager, Derek Warner of Funa International to incorporate LED lighting into the 7 themed neighborhoods: Central Park, Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa, Fitness Center and the Youth Zone. Other areas included the stunning three- story oceanfront Aqua Theatre.

The benefits of using LED lighting at sea are multi-faceted. These include:

  • Long lamp-life averaging 50,000 hours
  • 10 times more energy-efficient than incandescent lighting and twice as efficient as fluorescent
  • Can safely operate in areas hundreds of feet above deck
  • Lowers maintenance costs
  • Perfect for outdoor applications – can withstand the harsh elements of the ocean, sun, wind, rain and even power- washing
  • Better IP rating than traditional fixtures that would have to be housed in special enclosures
  • Reduces diesel fuel use and carrying loads, thus fewer generators needed to power the vessel
  • Easy retrofit options for current vessels

LED lighting fixtures used on the Oasis of the Seas included some of the following:

  • 40 Philips Color Kinetics ColorReach Powercore (Aqua Theatre stage)
  • 1900 feet of Philips Color Kinetics Cove QLX (Royal Promenade)
  • 364 Philips Color Kinetics iColor Flex LMX (Rising Tide Bar)
  • 20 Coemar Parlite LEDs (Rising Tide Bar)
  • 14 RGB LED Rainbow Colored Fountains
  • 19 RGB LED “Stack” Fountains
  • Multiple Color Changing LEDs (Indoor Promenade)

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