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    MSC introduces a humanoid bartender.

    Hi all
    Will this attract you to MSC? Hasn’t RCL got something similar?
    That looks the most cold unwelcoming bar I have ever seen.......No thanks.


    “Robots may be able to pour drinks, but can they listen to your troubles?

    The future of bartending is coming to MSC Cruises’ new flagship ship when the MSC Virtuosa launches later this year. The cruise line recently revealed details of its "immersive, futuristic" bar and entertainment experience – including a "humanoid" bartender.

    MSC Virtuosa's bar, called the MSC Starship Club, will be anchored by Rob, who the company calls the "first-ever humanoid, robotic bartender" on the high seas. (MSC Cruises)

    Virtuosa's bar, called the MSC Starship Club, will be anchored by Rob, who the company calls the "first-ever humanoid, robotic bartender" on the high seas.

    "Rob will mix, and serve his signature cocktails, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and countless personalized drinks, just like a human bartender would do, whilst engaging the guests with his voice, human-like expressions for a fully immersive bar experience," the cruise line claimed in a news release.

    The MSC Starship Club, itself inspired by a "spaceship of the future," will be available exclusively on the Virtuosa, set to launch on April 16. Beyond the drink-serving robot, the bar and entertainment area will feature futuristic elements like 3D holograms, an immersive digital art wall and an infinity digital interactive table.


    According to the release, Rob will be able to "convey emotion," although it does not specify which emotions Rob has been programmed to express. When it comes to serving spirits, the robot will reportedly be able to handle a variety of operations, such as pouring liquids including spirits, juices and syrups. He will also be able to build drinks, shake glasses and garnish beverages.

    As if Rob wasn't impressive enough, the robot bartender will also be able to speak eight languages – English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Brazilian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. In the event of any digital delays, there will also be human bartenders on hand to back him up, too.

    JC
    C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
    "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

    #2
    Is this the beginning of the end for human crew? To combat covid will we see robot cleaners, and waiters and maybe an autonomous ship. I don't think Elon Musk has investigated that yet.

    Sheila

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      #3
      Originally posted by smtcan, Scarborough View Post
      Is this the beginning of the end for human crew? To combat covid will we see robot cleaners, and waiters and maybe an autonomous ship. I don't think Elon Musk has investigated that yet.

      Sheila
      Interestingly I recall that a Japanese hotel made their robot staff redundant and replaced them with humans after their guests complained.

      Back to OP - robot staff are no attraction.

      Annie

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        #4
        That holds absolutely no appeal for me. We adore the Martini Bar on the Celebrity ‘S’ class ships. We’ve had some great cocktails and met some wonderful people there. The free entertainment of the bartender doing multiple pours was always worth sticking around for. Those were the days!

        Take care and stay well. Helen 🍾🥂🍸🍹

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          #5
          A definite NO for me but then again so is MSC.
          Jill

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            #6
            Originally posted by Smith7 View Post
            A definite NO for me but then again so is MSC.
            Same here.

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              #7
              Thank you JC for airing this. It’s good to see a post that helps inform members researching cruising. Cruising is, for wife and I, about socialising with nice people and definitely about engaging with the crew who so often contribute greatly to the enjoyment of cruising. Sooo many bar staff, waiters etc have added to our amusement. We doubt robots serving drinks in bar areas will foster the lovely atmosphere we look for in cruising.

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                #8
                Looks cold and sterile, about the last place on earth to have a drink. Do regulars manage to catch his eye and get served before their turn?

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                  #9
                  Looks more cheerful than the grump who used to run my local but I can't think there would be much pleasure in talking to an inanimate object. My wife frequently complains of this but I don't think she's talking about technology.

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                    #10
                    It's one bar, and as long as it stays like that, just a bit of fun. The robot arms on the RCL ships that mix your drinks, are just something different ..........................................Carol

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Moonraker, Royal Wootton Bassett View Post
                      Looks more cheerful than the grump who used to run my local but I can't think there would be much pleasure in talking to an inanimate object. My wife frequently complains of this but I don't think she's talking about technology.
                      Love it! Made me laught out loud

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by carol, welwyn garden city View Post
                        It's one bar, and as long as it stays like that, just a bit of fun. The robot arms on the RCL ships that mix your drinks, are just something different ..........................................Carol
                        It’s a bit of fun. We tried something similar on Symphony a couple of years ago and it was ok for one drink. We never went back to it. You can’t beat a bit of interaction with a bar tender 🍹

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Smith7 View Post
                          A definite NO for me but then again so is MSC.
                          We went on MSC splendida, prettiest ship ever, good service, BUT they allow smoking in the casino which is right below the lounge and it is choking up there, also even though it is me that books and pays for the holiday all our emails are sent to clive, ( and he doesnt even know how to turn a computor on,! ) I thought those days had gone so I just wont use them anymoreheather x

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post
                            Hi all
                            Will this attract you to MSC? Hasn’t RCL got something similar?
                            That looks the most cold unwelcoming bar I have ever seen.......No thanks.

                            The MSC Starship Club, itself inspired by a "spaceship of the future," will be available exclusively on the Virtuosa, set to launch on April 16. Beyond the drink-serving robot, the bar and entertainment area will feature futuristic elements like 3D holograms, an immersive digital art wall and an infinity digital interactive table.

                            As if Rob wasn't impressive enough, the robot bartender will also be able to speak eight languages – English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Brazilian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. In the event of any digital delays, there will also be human bartenders on hand to back him up, too.

                            JC
                            I’m wondering what an ‘infinity digital interactive table’ is or does.

                            Plus...I hope their technology is more sound than their counting.

                            Eight languages.......and they’ve listed nine?

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                              #15
                              This bar concept was designed in pre-pandemic days. Is that what post-pandemic bar drinkers want??

                              Annie

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