WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Royal Caribbean has been almost obsessive to turn its cruise ships into state of the art technology in the last years.
- The cruise line’s recent developments are one-off technologies, outrageously expensive and laborious to develop and debug.
- The reasons for installing all this technology is to distinguish it from rivals and to attract more passengers.
Royal Caribbean is upping its game by embracing technology more and more. During an event called Sea Beyond last month, the cruise line unveiled a showcase of future technologies it’s developing.
Here are the new technologies you can look forward to:
- With Royal Caribbean’s boarding process, you can check in using the company’s app. You can take your own photo and upload it to the app. Face recognition cameras will identify you and your name will be displayed on a screen as you walk through the metal detector.
- The cabins of the Quantum-class ships now have a floor-to-ceiling LCD screen. They don’t have windows before but now, it displays the view from outside the ship via a camera feed.
“As our ships get bigger and bigger and bigger, you start to be removed a little bit more and more from the ocean and the ports of call,” Joey Hasty, who leads Royal Caribbean’s innovation lab in Miami, said. “We believe the stateroom should connect you more with the ocean and our ports of call. And so we’re experimenting with ways to bring that outside in.”
- You could order free drinks wherever you are, using an app that will show your face and your current location. The system uses Bluetooth beacons and eventually, they’ll be installed on the ships.
- There’s a mockup restaurant that will have you put on HTC Vive VR goggles that will transport you to a different place, teasing all your senses. Expect a different scenery, there will also be music and lighting.
- The door unlocks automatically using a smartphone. No need for a key or a wristband.
- Every room has an Apple TV, new log-in for every new guest. Microsoft Cortana’s voice commands can make you control the temperature, the lighting, or the curtains.
- There will be a huge screen display of an augmented-reality view of the channel and the buoys in the new pilot’s station. That view would usually be obscured when the captain is operating in fog or dark.
Hasty says that all of these technologies will be on the company’s next-generation ships, called Edge. Some will be retrofitted onto existing ships.
Source: Yahoo Finance