Robotic bartenders, over-the-top entertainment, transformative dining venues, menus you paint with water to read them, super-fast WiFi, virtual portholes and balconies, poolside movie screens, 4D cinemas, simulated golf and Formula F1 racing simulators to name a few; proving that high-tech has taken over the high seas. Guests of all ages will be thrilled with the exciting and innovative activities, amenities and more awaiting them onboard cruise ships.
New technology also adds convenience and ease, some ships are now equipped with sensors to assist staff members in better anticipating your needs and wants. Princess Cruises’ new Ocean Medallion Class and high-tech innovation enables staff to quickly respond to requests transmitted to their tablets. Service may include reminders that a tender is about to leave, your Pilates class begins in five minutes or waiters asking if you’ll be having your usual beverage of choice. The innovative device can be worn on the wrist or as a pendant and also allows guests to unlock their stateroom, make onboard purchases of goods or services and even play blackjack in the casino. Another state-of-the-art feature is Princess@Sea — a mobile-friendly intranet site allowing guests to easily access daily information on entertainment, port news, weather and more.
The WaterColor Fantasy Show will captivate guests on the stunning Royal Class ships of Princess Cruises. High-tech fountains provide an incredible water, music and light show. These dancing fountains shoot water up to 33 feet in the air, leap and cavort to the beats of music all while being illuminated by bright changing colors lighting up the starry night sky.
Royal Caribbean International’s innovative Quantum Class ships have staterooms with virtual balconies and portholes offering real time views, on floor to ceiling screens, of the ocean and destinations. Other high-tech features include electronic wristbands used as stateroom keys and allowing you to make onboard merchandise and service purchases.
High-tech entertainment will take you to thrilling new heights with iFly skydiving simulators. Rise 300 feet above the ship in North Star – a pod reminiscent of the London Eye. Catch a wave on the Flow Rider surfing simulator and experience the awe-inspiring transformation of Two70’s floor-to-ceiling sea view into any scene, via 18 projectors that create special effects and digital shows. Bumper cars, self leveling pool tables and interactive art created by digital artists, state-of-the-art VOOM, internet connectivity as well as USB power ports in all staterooms keep you connected to everything going on.
Bionic bartenders will leave you awe-struck as the cocktail you order on an iPad is poured, mixed and served to you by robots at the Makr Shakr Bionic Bar on some Royal Caribbean ships. Even if you’re not having cocktails this is a must-see.
Many ships boast high-tech retractable roofs at the main or solarium pools. Relax as long as you like at the pool, even in cold and rainy weather. These smart ships boast a roof that can open or close depending on the environment and can be found on a multitude of ships.
A unique “immersive cinema experience” and the latest blockbuster movies are found at the first IMAX Theatre at Sea on Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Vista. Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, features the World Stage, this is the main theater and is flanked by a 270-degree LED screen and uses high-tech lighting and sound systems to create optical illusions and transform the space into various settings.
MSC Cruises’ new and beautiful MSC Seaside promises the most uniquely-designed interactive Aqua Park at sea. In addition to five thrilling water slides, dueling high-speed aqua tubes and more, she will be the first ship with state-of-the-art slideboarding technology combining a water slide with an interactive game for unforgettable results.
Set sail into the future with all of the fun and conveniences you can dream of – and more.