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A.C. Special Projects is On Board with P&O Cruises

A.C. Special Projects Ltd. has provided 24 track show audio hard disc recorders for the theatres on board four superliners in the P&O Cruises fleet. Synonymous with cruising holidays of the highest quality, P&O Cruises is a leading UK provider and part of Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies.

With evenings a social highlight on board their superliners, P&O Cruises provide some of the most lavish and spectacular theatre shows at sea, including compilations of West End and Broadway shows and tributes to well known stars. Acts range from dramatic musicals, cabarets singers, comedians and speciality acts to classical recitals and concerts.

Recreating the on board shows to the same highest production standards as leading UK theatres requires investment in state of the art technical facilities. Therefore, when P&O Cruises decided to begin an upgrade of the superliners’ show audio recording systems, they approached A.C. Special Projects to provide a high quality solution for the fleets’ Aurora, Oriana, Arcadia and Artemis ships.

To fit in with the very limited access times, the equipment was installed at weekends during six to eight hour windows whilst the superliners were docked in Southampton between departures. The company upgraded the ships’ audio systems with Fostex 24 track hard disc recorders, fitted to the existing control room infrastructures. A fifth playback unit was supplied in a 19” rack mount flightcase, for portable use on shore as the master recorder for editing the ships’ theatre shows.

P&O Cruises’ Entertainment Sound & Light Manager, Phil Yeomans, commented: “We have been very happy with the quality and reliability of this product. With our ever-growing entertainment programme onboard our vessels, we needed a facility that could support the needs of our onboard operators and the Headliners Theatre Company. A.C. Special Projects understood our needs and limited time scales well and has provided us with a system that is supporting the continual improvement of our entertainment product delivery.”





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