We’ve got smartphones, smartwatches, smart cars, smart homes, and smart meters. But what about a “smart ship”?
Well, we’ve got that now, too.
This new, 18-deck luxury cruise liner, which accommodates 4,000 guests, is the first of its kind. And it’s certainly shaking things up on the high seas.
The Quantum of the Seas is the world’s first smart ship. And the company responsible for it – Royal Caribbean (RCL) – is looking to revolutionize the future of holidays.
One way it’s doing that is in the bar. Or “smart bar,” I should say.
When guests pull up to the Bionic Bar, they’re not greeted by a traditional bartender. Instead, there’s a tablet, on which they can place their orders. From there, two robotic arms swing into action, mimicking the actions of a real-live bartender.
And the sky is the limit for cocktail choices, according to Alessandro Incisa, of the designers behind Makr Shakr. He says there’s an “almost infinite combination. You have more than 31 spirits, you have eight sodas, juices, mixers, sugar, mint, lime; I can’t even remember how many. So if you mix them, the beauty of this is that you can mix them exactly as you like. You might want to have the mint before the sugar, or before rum, or after it. And you can do the exact combination with the appropriate actions.”
You Put the Lime in the Coconut
In addition to specialized drink requests, Royal Caribbean’s smart ship offers a few other novel onboard attractions. This includes surfing and sky-diving simulators, as well as an observation pod that rises 300 feet above sea level.
But for all the innovation, cool technology, and gizmos, it’s the onboard connectivity that really sets this ship apart from the pack. Indeed, it’s a true game changer, according to President and COO, Adam Goldstein.
To understand what I mean, consider this: Royal Caribbean has partnered with service provider, O3b Networks, to create a ship that boasts more bandwidth capability than all other cruise ships in the world put together.
So with connectivity that powerful, guests can customize almost every aspect of their cruise. If they even want to be connected at all while they’re on vacation, of course.
For her first season, Quantum of the Seas will cruise the Bahamas and the Caribbean before heading for its new home port in Shanghai in May 2015.
Tech Research Team