MSC Meraviglia

Technical Details

MSC Meraviglia

Elation Professional Lighting

Elation Professional Lighting

Lighting / Visual Designer:
Elation Professional Lighting

Audio Effetti

Project Submitted By:
Elation Professional Lighting


Lighting & Visual

Built by STX France at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, the 5,700-passenger capacity cruiser is outfitted with the latest in cutting-edge technology, including a large energy-efficient Elation Professional LED lighting package used in the ship’s entertainment and relaxation areas.

For several years, Audio Effetti S.r.l. of Genova, Italy, has collaborated closely with both the technical department of MSC Cruises and the renowned engineering design studio CM by Claudio Mazzucchelli. The latter was commissioned by MSC to define and optimise the technical equipment on board.

The list of fixtures includes ZCL 360i and ACL 360i beam effect lights, ACL 360 Bar moving bar effects, Arena Q7 Zoom Par lights, Colour 5 Profile ellipsoidal spots, DW Fresnel white lights, ELAR 108 PAR RGBW Par lights, Rayzor Q12Z wash lights, Rayzor Q7 moving head wash/beam fixtures, SixPar 200IP and SixPar Z19 IP outdoor rated Par lights, TVL1000-II white light LED array panels and TVL CYC RGBW cyclorama wall wash lights.

The Elation lighting is used in several public areas of the ship – mainly in the Promenade (40 ZCL360i), Broadway Theatre (Colour 5 Profile), Atrium (ACL 360 BAR), Children’s Area (ZCL 360i, ACL 360 Bar), Karaoke | TV Studio (DW Fresnel, Rayzor Q7, TVL 1000 II, TVL CYC RGBW, ZCL 360i, ACL 360 Bar), Lounge (ZCL 360i, Rayzor Q7, ACL 360 Bar), discos, pool deck (where products with marine-grade specifications have been highly appreciated), as well as various halls dedicated to entertainment activities. The ship’s main reception hall also benefits from Elation lights, where designers from Studio CM have fully exploited the potential of both Elation static and automated products to create enticing atmospheres that vary depending on the time of day.


In such a competitive industry, exceeding passenger expectations is crucial. One of the most important ways of doing that is by using intelligent lighting systems to enhance on board entertainment and dress the public areas of a ship in enhancing color and effect. The MSC Meraviglia project is the first MSC cruise ship on which such a large amount of Elation products have been chosen and installed. This is a significant milestone since each type of product was carefully evaluated and passed the very strict selection criteria imposed by studio CM with regard to level of reliability, energy efficiency, type of technology used, maintenance and service procedures, etc.

Final thoughts

It almost goes without mentioning that support and team work on such a large project is crucial for a successful result, something that Villa and his team at Audio Effetti appreciate well. “The support we receive from Elation is always positive,” Villa says. “We mainly work with Frederik Afif and Nancy De Lang at Elation and we know that the team around them is always there to support us whether for a large-scale project like a cruise ship, for a smaller project, or for a large exhibition such as Music Inside Rimini 2017 where Audio Effetti had an impressive stand and remarkable live stage with plenty of Elation products.”

MSC Meraviglia is currently sailing the Mediterranean, calling on ports in Barcelona, Marseilles, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valletta. A sister ship, the MSC Seaside, also recently set sail with a large scenic and architainment lighting package specified by MSC Cruises, Audio Effetti and Studio CM , the vast majority of which is Elation Professional products.

Elation equipment:

54 x ZCL 360i

50 x ACL 360 Bar

26 x SixPar 200IP

12 x SixPar Z19 IP

12 x Colour 5 Profile

8 x ACL 360i

8 x Arena Q7 Zoom

10 x Rayzor Q12Z

8 x Rayzor Q7


4 x DW Fresnel

4 x TVL1000-II


6 x eNode 8 Pro

2 x EWDMXR – Wireless DMX Receiver

1 x EWDMXT – Wireless DMX Transmitter

6 x HedgeHog 4E

14 x Opto Branch 8/5 – DMX Splitter

6 x DM-2512R – DMX Merger

3 x DR-PRO Rack