I was recently invited to Sea Beyond, where Royal Caribbean Cruises announce it’s latest technological advances and the frictionless experience for those aboard. It was an evening of many firsts. The first time I’ve ever seen gigantic robots dance in unison, which by the way was amazing and I linked a video of it below. It was the first time trying Virtual Reality dining, and eating food completely blind. It was the first to see what the new suites on Royal Caribean will look like, and the luxury is divine. Most importantly, it was the first time I’ve witness facial recognition to check passengers in. It is the effort the massive cruise line is making to ensure a frictionless experience for vacationers to board, relax, and have a wonderful time.
The evening began as I was escorted to the Duggal in Brooklyn. Driving up to the beautiful venue was an incredible experience. There was a driverless car parked outside. From the start, I could tell we were heading into the future of cruising powered by technology.
Stepping inside there was a stream of lights that had my name projected onto it as I came closer. This was the first I experience facial recognition technology. I later found out that the selfie I had uploaded into the Sea Beyond app was used to recognize who I was and then project my name by the small camera hidden in the palm trees. I was impressed by how accurate the technology is.
The same app was used to order drinks to our seats while listening to the keynote. Now, if I can get that on vacation I would be so happy.
After listening to the keynote, we were able to interact with the new technology and experience coming aboard Royal Caribbean.
New Technology Coming Aboard Royal Caribbean Cruises
So we already discussed facial recognition, but how it is being used is pretty spectacular. In order to have a more seamless and frictionless boarding, facial recognition will be used. This will not only speed up the process but will make you feel less stressed or tense while boarding.
Similarly, those serving you will have a photo of what you look like so they know who to look out for when attending to your needs. You’ll also be able to use your phone to schedule your time aboard. That means you will be able to see all the activities for that day and sign up for anything that looks interesting. No more FOMO!
Speaking of entertainment, look at these incredible choreographed robotic screens. This is a first of its kind:
The New Suites
We were able to view two types of suites. The first being the actual models rolling out to the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. You guys, there is a full-size bath tube and a gorgeous shower. It felt so relaxing. The bed looks out onto your deck and the ocean. I could get used to that view.
The second suite is the most creative over the top vision of what cruise suites will look like in the future. There were screens on the ceiling and the floor that change to showcase the stars and ocean below.