Built in 1970 and originally servicing Sydney Harbour as Lady McKell, Victoria Star was purchased by Melbourne Star Cruises in 1998 and now is one of the busier charter vessels on Melbourne waters. From a leisurely cruise around Port Phillip Bay to a raucous dance party on the waters, Victoria Star needed a BGM and announcement system upgrade to ensure safety for patrons on the high seas.


A compact, unobtrusive (ceiling) speaker system for background music and public awareness announcements - tourguide, event/function and safety related.

Our Solution

Our solution needed to be dependable during the peak function season. For clear and even coverage of the function area, 20-watt 8" ceiling speakers were used (24 in total), running off a 4 channel amplifier. An Australian Monitor ZRM4 mixer was used, to control the balance between the wired microphone, wireless microphone, CD player and iPod input. This mixer has features such as in-built bell, alert, evac and pre announce chimes, to ensure voice messages are easily heard above any background music.

The AudioTechnica ATW-2000HH wireless microphone gets good coverage from anywhere on the Victoria Star, while additional wired microphone (and iPod) inputs fitted around the vessel ensure the vast array of functions (weddings, corporate incentives, dance parties) are easily catered for.

A number of promoters choose to bring additional PA equipment for serious dance parties (this former harbour ferry can really get loud), but for the majority of charters, Victoria Star is ready to entertain.

Additional Information:

Commissioned August 2009

For more information on Victoria Star, go to victoriastar.com.au