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The Marella Explorer 2 makeover

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Just over 12 months following a successful AV installation and refurbishment of Marella Explorer, our tedav team were back in Cadiz, Spain, for another Marella Cruises drydock – this time on board Marella Explorer 2.

The task for our AV department was to install and refurbish all audio and visual equipment in eight venues on what was to become the sixth ship to launch under the Marella banner.

the very best sound and lighting

As on Explorer 1, the entertainment venues on Explorer 2 were wide-ranging and featured everything from The 19th Hole, a clubhouse-inspired bar, to the stunning Broadway Show Lounge – all of which required the very best sound and lighting systems.

Read more: Marella Explorer – a ground-breaking first

The AV solutions that were to be installed had to meet the requirements of our creative proposition, which included two LED walls (8×5 meters and 9×5 meters) and a full refurbishment of the stage automation in the onboard theatre.

a trusted and reliable partner

As with any large-scale projects taking place overseas, there were logistical challenges, but our team rose to them with a fantastic can-do attitude and expert knowledge, which makes us a trusted and reliable partner to Marella Cruises.

A very carefully studied project plan was devised and delivered by our Senior Project Manager Martin Jones, and Cruise Technical Manager Flavio Diolaiti managed the logistics and operational aspects expertly, which smoothened the challenges that were experienced.

We also had a hard-working team of extremely qualified engineers, who applied themselves impeccably, engineering new solutions to overcome any difficulties.


eight venues in eight weeks

Eight weeks after starting the project, eight venues had been transformed by a 40-strong expert tedav team and Marella Explorer 2 had successfully set sail.

Here’s a round-up of the installation:

  • Two LED walls were installed and one overhauled, totalling more than 400 panels
  • The installation included more than 100 speakers and 300 lighting fixtures
  • Approximately 25,000 metres of cable was installed during the project

the future

The transformation of Marella Explorer 2 is another outstanding project completed by our AV department and, as Marella Cruises’ preferred AV installer, we will continue to provide a first-class service on the Explorer class of ships during their future drydocks.

Images: Nathan Vedder

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