With so many new ships that have been launched recently plus many that are either due for launch or currently being constructed, it goes without saying that there are a few innovations in there.
Well, it’s these innovations which really amaze me, when I think I’ve seen it all…They (the cruise lines) go and WOW me again.
so here are a few you may or may not have heard about / seen
Carrying your Room Key around which is essentially the key to everything n board – Embarking and disembarking, buying drinks and opening your cabin door. Some cruisers pop it on a lanyard, some chose to carry it in a wallet or if like me just in your pocket (well whilst on board anyway) – I have lost my card a few times I have to say…oops
Well, cruise lines are investing millions into developing multi-faceted wearable technology that solves the problem entirely.
Royal Caribbean’s WOWbands ($4.99/£3.70 or free depending on ship and class of travel) look like watch straps but use radio frequency technology to open your cabin door. You can use Princess Cruises wearable Ocean Medallion (free to all guests) with the Ocean Compass app to order food, drink and retail items on demand. It also unlocks your cabin door as you approach.
MSC Cruises’ MSC for Me interactive wristband] works with an app to provide 130 smart features, including a digital way-finder and a speedy reservation service.
I personally would like to see a phone app a bit like apple pay where you can open your door/purchase drinks etc.
Amusement park Top Decks
Royal Caribbean and Norwegian are leading the charge to change top-deck pool decks into world-class amusement parks, and we’re still shaking our heads over some of the attractions they’ve managed to cram onto a cruise ship. The innovations started with rock climbing walls, mini-golf, water slides and water parks, real-grass parks, FlowRider surf simulators, adults-only sun decks and pool-deck cinemas. Now they’re experimenting with skydiving simulators, elaborate ropes courses, London Eye-esque pod rides, go-kart tracks, multi-deck slide rides and laser tag. Instead of being slow days, sea days are now a race to sample all the amusements available on the ship’s upper levels.
This is something I have touched on before – It was inevitable that ships would start microbreweries and craft beer bars on board as it is all the trend on dry land at the moment.
several lines have acknowledged this microbrew trend with onboard breweries and bars specialising in craft beers. Norwegian’s District Brewhouse on Escape and Bliss offers 24 rotating beers on tap, plus more craft ales in bottles — including a couple of ales exclusive to the cruise line. Some Celebrity ships have the Gastrobar for craft beer, and sister line Royal Caribbean’s Michael’s Genuine Pub is the place for unique beer on select ships.
Lines like Holland America, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas are embracing cooking classes with state-of-the-art show kitchens with stations for passengers to try their hand at cooking, and cruisers are loving it!!. Oceania and Regent share a chef who creates intriguing classes for wannabe food wizards, while Holland America partners with America’s Test Kitchen to offer cooking demos live and on video, taste tests and workshops. The onboard centres for culinary arts feature cameras and TVs to focus on the teacher’s techniques, and high-tech accessories like induction cooktops so we dont need to worry about fires.
These Balconies feature on the new Celebrity edge and after booking one the other day I was rather intrigued.
Touch a button and your entire living space becomes the balcony, letting you walk right out to the water’s edge.
The best way to explain this is to show you – see the video below
Stay tuned next time for some more Cruise innovations