There are those who love to cruise and those who swear they’d never. Whichever category you fall under, there is a definite WOW factor as mega cruise ships go bigger and bolder. From engineering to entertainment to interactive technology, there is clear-cut vision and cutting-edge innovation – and we can all appreciate that.
There is no denying our own smiles when we saw Kindle Lumens on the deck of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America. (Aloha Lanai Bar – in case you were wondering.) There was something so unexpected about the context of it, but at the same time, it made so much sense. And we kept smiling – seeing as we are all about the unexpected. We wanted to pay our respects to our friends at Norwegian, who actually jumped through some (out of the ordinary) hoops to bring Kindles aboard. In the process of researching we found ships from various lines with bumper cars, aerialists and robots making drinks. There were virtual balconies, ice-bars and indoor skydiving.
There is a ton of fun to be had on board these ships, but the cruise industry is definitely not playing around. Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Quantum of the Sea, is an entertainment tech marvel which boasts a club with 6 interactive RoboScreens which soar, twist and spin out scenes, as well as Vistarama, a 100-foot wide by 20-foot tall 12K resolution screen that is nearly twice that of an IMAX screen. Check out the Wired article about ‘Robot Whisperer’, Andy Flessas.
On select ships Royal Caribbean is offering Virtual Balcony Technology. Windowless staterooms are outfitted with 80-inch floor to window, high-definition screens that project real-time views and sounds of the ocean and ship destinations.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Pride of America | Aloha Lanai Bar
Norwegian Getaway | Waterslides + Ropes-Course
Norwegian Epic | SVEDKA Ice-Bar
Norwegian Epic | Epic Plunge Water Slide
Queen Elizabeth 2 | Planetarium
Oasis of the Sea
Quantum of the Sea | Rip Cord by I-Fly Skydiving Simulator
Quantum of the Sea | Bionic Bar
Quantum of the Sea | North Star
Oasis of the Sea | Royal Loft
Quantum of the Sea | RoboScreen + Vistarama