Royal Caribbean International's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, is decked from bow to stern in high-tech gadgetry for your convenience and pleasure. Here are five of the most important ones to look out for.
1. RFID wristbands
No longer do you need to worry about losing your precious valuables such as keys, wallets or even your luggage with these radio-frequency identification (RFID) wristbands. The wireless, wearable device given to you when on board has many functions and becoming more commonly used everywhere.
On Quantum of the Seas, it serves as your room key and a means of transaction. Simply tap it on a reader to unlock your door or use it at the stores on board to make purchases. The versatile gadget also allows you to keep track of your luggage as it is being stowed on board or being brought off, giving you greater peace of mind.
There is no need to worry about going a day without updating your Facebook status or Instagram account, even when out on the high seas. Stay connected via a satellite network with speeds that match fast broadband connections on shore. Internet speeds are even fast enough to support online video gaming on the many Xbox consoles available at the SeaPlex.
At home, before your trip, there are also many online check-in options you can perform beforehand to avoid approaching the counter altogether, resulting in a "no forms, no queues and no fuss experience" the moment your holiday begins.
This is quite the quirky addition but nonetheless interesting. Order a cocktail at the new Bionic Bar and don’t be surprised when a robot bartender mixes your tipple for you.
The Robotic additions do not end there. Be entertained further at Two70, a spacious lounge space where six dexterous Roboscreens seek to dazzle audiences through surprising agility as they twist, turn and combine into one magnificent act.
Flat screen devices may be commonplace these days, but on Quantum of the Seas, they are also an integral part to a fuss-free holiday on the high seas. Every staff member on board is equipped with a Microsoft Windows tablet to stay better connected with guests via downloadable apps such as Cruise Planner and Royal iQ.
Guests can use their own smartphones, laptops or the many touchscreen terminals on board to make restaurant reservations, spa appointments or access a customised calendar to keep track of their daily plans via these custom apps.
5. Virtual walls
Don’t fret if you don’t manage to get a seaview room. Interior accommodations are outfitted with virtual balconies spanning 80 inches in width that display real-time sights and sounds of the majestic ocean outside.
There is also Vistarama, the big brother of the in-room virtual walls, located at the Two70 lounge. The enormous floor-to-ceiling glass wall transforms into an ambient surface that projects a visual improv spectacle, named Starwater, on its high definition screens.
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