Cruise ships are developing so fast there’s a risk the high-tech kit on board is going to bewilder passengers and possibly make their holiday memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Which is why Royal Caribbean have hired gadget geek Jason Bradbury to help de-mystify some of the innovations on their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas.
The presenter of C5’s Gadget Show has worked with Royal on a video tour of the vessel to showcase everything from its Ripcord sky-diving simulator to the revolutionary Roboscreens which will be part of the entertainment in its Two70° entertainment venue.
Bradbury said this week: “The technology on board this ship is extraordinary. Quantum and its sister ship Anthem of the Seas offer a number of things that have never before been tried on a cruise ship, let alone on land, and I can’t wait to get on board.
“This is an absolute game changer and will completely revolutionise the way we holiday,” he added.
Quantum will carry more than 4,200 passengers and its restaurants include a Jamie’s Italian developed by Jamie Oliver. The ship will visit Southampton in October, en route to New York. Sister ship Anthem will be sailing from the UK all next summer.
One unique feature that will not need much explanation, for British passengers at least, are the dodgem cars – another first at sea.
TAKING advantage of another aspect of technology, Royal Caribbean have used Google’s Street View to provide a virtual tour of the biggest cruise ship in the world, Allure of the Seas, which will also be in Europe next summer.
More than 20,000 images were taken using a DSLR camera equipped with a fisheye lens to complete the virtual representation of the ship and the results can be seen at www.royalcaribbean.co.uk/royalview