When it came time to host this year's annual K-LOVE Friends & Family Music Cruise, featuring musical acts such as TobyMac, MercyMe, Big Daddy Weave and David Crowder, Premier Christian Cruises tapped PixelFLEX to provide its industry-leading, lightweight and ultra-flexible LED curtain video screens as a backdrop for the musical performances. Having used the PixelFLEX screens in the past, the company decided to take advantage of the product's ease of use and set-up by using them in the ship's atrium to provide information to its guests during the cruise.
"For past cruises, we've used PixelFLEX to enhance the live concert experience and we were eager to come up with other ways to utilize the technology," said Zach Thomas, marketing director for Premier Christian Cruises. "This year, we hung a PixelFLEX panel in the main atrium to feature announcements and a brief video to keep our passengers up to date on activities. It was a valuable tool for us, and our passengers, and we expect to use it again on future cruises."
Founded in 2003 and having served more than 50,000 passengers, Premier Christian Cruises brings top Christian musical artists together for a four to seven night spiritual journey featuring music, Bible studies, marriage enrichment and an assortment of other entertaining experiences.
For the K-LOVE Friends & Family Music Cruise, PixelFLEX supplied 8- 20mm panels for use in two different locations on the ship. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8x4, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer - panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX's proprietary quicklock system.
"The primary benefit of the PixelFLEX technology for us was the weight of the curtain screens," Thomas continued. "Cruise ships aren't designed to support a large amount of weight - excluding passengers and belongings - so we need to limit additional weight wherever possible."
Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX's screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. This simplicity was an added bonus to Thomas and his team.
"We were able to use a laptop to run a slide show to the atrium screens along with videos and song lyrics to the screen in the concert theatre," Thomas remarked. "It was a really simple and easy process. No difficulties at all, which is great for us because on a cruise ship there is a lot to do to entertain guests for the week and we didn't want to have to deal with any additional overhead from having to hire more labor to handle video and effects."