RCCL - Explorer of the Seas
The Palace Theater 2000
Client:Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Project Category:Cruise Ships
Architect:Wilson Butler Lodge
Completion Year:2000
Location:Miami, Florida
Lighting:Fisher Marantz Stone
Acoustician:JHS Acoustics
Capacity:1,362 seats
In 1998, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) turned to theatre planning and design consultants to help design two types of onboard theatres for its new Voyager Class ships. FDA's design partners - architects Wilson Butler Lodge, architectural lighting designers Fisher Marantz Stone, video designers Boyce Nemec, and acousticians Jaffe Holden were selected by RCI in a design competition among leading architectural and theatre design firms.

Explorer of the Seas is the second of five ships in this Class.  Some of the extraordinary features are: full-height flytower, Broadway-quality rigging, highly versatile stage and orchestra lifts, and sophisticated sound, lighting, and video systems.  The theatre spaces provide a full complement of technical equipment for Broadway-style productions.

The full-height flytower allows the 25 foot-high scenery to magically disappear on cue, while keeping the stage wings clear for motorized scenic wagons that track on and off stage. A fast-moving turntable and multiple stage and orchestra lifts accommodate both performers and scenic elements, while surround-sound speakers and hundreds of conventional and moving theatrical lights transform the theatre into a showcase for Royal Caribbean's entertainment programs.