A couple of weeks back at Royal Caribbean’s Sea Beyond event, they showcased some amazing new upgrades coming soon. From driverless shuttles to virtual aquariums, it’s safe to say that the future of cruises is about to change forever! The famous cruise line is planning to turn their entire fleet of ships into high-tech playgrounds and I had a chance to check it all out! Here is a look at some of my favorites from the event.
Stateroom of the future. With the push of a button or in some situations your voice, you can control the entire room (temperature, lighting, etc). Screens act as balconies, creating an in-room river or ceilings transforming into a starry night sky. You can even set your room to wake you up with a sunrise rather than a traditional alarm clock!
High-sensory dining. Combining both augmented and virtual reality, you can indulge in experiences that will transform ship spaces into virtual environments and enhance the taste of food. If you’re wondering, the experience at the event took me through a traditional Japanese tea house which suddenly transforms into a beautiful garden, changing seasons with each new item you pop in your mouth. This is definitely a unique concept which I see much potential in. Oh, if you’re wondering about the menu, I had some crispy tuna tartare and chocolate truffle covered in pop rocks.
Facial Recognition designed to make the guest experience hassle free and smooth. Using the Royal Caribbean app, you’d simply take a selfie which will create an onboard account. This can all be done at home, pre-boarding. Once you arrive you’d breeze through lines at check-in and head straight to your stateroom, where your key will be ready and waiting!
Royal Caribbean app. Using the app, you can also order drinks anywhere on the ship and the friendly staff will bring it to you! Another great feature of the app allows you to take virtual excursions so that you know exactly what you’re getting. According to the folks at Royal Caribbean, it will serve as a “try before you buy” system. These will all result in your maximizing your relaxing and minimizing the lost time.
If this sounds too far-fetched or futuristic, it’s not. Royal Caribbean will start outfitting new technologies by the end of this year (15 percent of their fleet) and continue to do so until all 37 of their ships are high-tech!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Royal Caribbean.
The opinions and text are all mine.