Royal Caribbean launches world's most high tech cruise ship

What’s two and a half times taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza and uses robot bartenders to pour your drinks?

Cruise lovers, stand by for the Royal Caribbean’s brand new Quantum of the Seas – the ship the cruise brand claims to be the world’s most technologically advanced. So if you’re thinking of finally using those timeshare points towards a cruise, this might be one to consider!

The eagerly-anticipated ship weighs 167,800 gross registered tons, has 16 guest decks, 18 restaurants and can occupy 4,180 guests.

Passengers in interior staterooms can even get virtual balconies that offer real-time views of the ocean and destinations on large screens.

Other features include an impressive bandwidth to allow passengers to use the internet, as well as electronic wristbands which double up as room keys and allow travellers to make onboard purchases.

Perhaps most impressive is the iFly skydiving simulator, or robot bartenders based in the “Bionic Bar” – a sky pod that allows guests to rise 300 feet above the ship in a retractable crane.

However, the Daily Telegraph reports that the robots aren’t always glitch-free, saying: “Royal Caribbean was also not having much luck with the two robots at the Bionic Bar.

“The robotic arms failed to stand glasses upright on a number of occasions. Cocktails are meant to be mixed in one minute but as waiting times rose to 20 minutes the IT team pulled the plug — literally — and went back to the drawing board.”

Quantum has spent the winter months cruising the eastern Caribbean, with trips departing from New Jersey.

However, from next June, the mega-ship will operate year-round out of Shanghai.

Meanwhile, sister-ship Anthem of the Seas will debut in Southampton in April 2015 and sail Mediterranean itineraries.


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