sailing on the high-tech seas

Royal Caribbean’s New Ship Has Robot Bartenders to Amuse Its Midwestern Visitors

Where are the drones?
Vroom vroom. (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

Vroom vroom. (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

What’s a vacation worse than Myrtle Beach? A freakin’ cruise.

With their lack of flexibility, dreary windowless cabins, and cramped pools, cruising leaves a lot to be desired. And millennials are horrified to learn there’s no Internet in sight. Royal Caribbean, however, hopes to change that with the introduction of its “Quantum of the Seas” ship. 

The 167,800-ton ship is an ambitious undertaking because there are loads of high-tech features. For starters, there’s online check-in and RFID luggage tracking, which are apparently novel concepts for the cruise company. There are a ton of Xbox Live units if staring at the empty ocean becomes boring and massive televisions called “Roboscreens” that show performances. Oh, and Kristin Chenoweth is the ship’s “experience advisor, entertainment and godmother” because SURE.

The biggest innovation will be on-board at the Bionic Bar. No, Christina Aguilera isn’t your bartender, but actual robots are. After ordering from a custom-built Windows tablet, customers will watch as robots make their drinks right in front them. Debbie from Iowa is going to have quite the story when she returns to her bridge club.

As the Verge notes, the #tech doesn’t stop there. Every room has USB charging ports and an 80-inch “virtual balcony” that shows the ocean for those who aren’t lucky enough to stay in a room that has the real thing.

Sadly, the ship will only be in China when it debuts in November.

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