It’s the summer season, and you may be feeling the need to travel. Did you know that Handling Specialty designed and manufactured the underwater stage lifts for Royal Caribbean’s Aquatheater, which provides aquatic stage shows on both the Allure and the Oasis of the Seas?
Back in 2008, Handling Specialty won the contract for both these cruise ships, which at the time, were reported to be the largest cruise ships in the world. Our success in landing this contract was likely due in part to the underwater stage lifts we had engineered for both Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ show at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and Franco Dragone’s House of Dancing Water in Macau.
For the cruise ship lifts, we provided a complete turnkey package, which included a trio of underwater lifts, along with two diving board tilters and a trampoline rotator. The underwater lift system formed the stage area for the largest and deepest freshwater pool at sea. Throughout the day and evening, the lifts rise and lower to meet the needs of the performance. The system is comprised of two side lifts and a runway lift, with a total capacity of 90,000 lbs, covering an area of approximately 1,000 square feet. The hydraulically actuated lifts operate with non-toxic water glycol fluid. The stage platform is perforated with approximately 432,000 holes to allow the stage to travel through the 20-foot pool with minimum water displacement.