When’s the last time you went skydiving on a cruise ship?
Probably never, right? (And no, that time you drank too much and fell overboard doesn’t count). But thanks to Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Quantum of the Seas, that’s all about to change. Billed as the smartest cruise ship yet to sail, this technological gargantuan features things you never thought could exist on the water.
Take the high-tech wristbands they give guests upon boarding, for example. They aren’t just some flimsy rubber bands; they help passengers navigate the ship, make onboard purchases and unlock their rooms with a few simple taps.
If that wasn’t futuristic enough for you, robotic bartenders are also on hand to mix cocktails based on orders they receive via tablet computers. The company boasts that each robot can make one drink per minute and up to 1,000 per day.
More of the adventurous type? Take a ride in the ship’s bumper cars, visit the casino, or check out the aforementioned sky-diving simulator. Available to passengers with regular admission, it’s all the fun of jumping out of a plane with none of the, well, jumping out of a plane.
Did we mention there’s also a circus school onboard? Because there is. But the ship also includes all the standard features you’re used to, like a rock wall, surfing machine, gymnasium and live performances. There’s even a pod called North Star that can take passengers 300 feet above sea level, so there’s no way you can miss those breathtaking views.
But if you’re interested, you better hurry. The ship is only going to be around North America until some time next spring, which is when it will sail off to be in its new home in China. Prices start at $449.
Now only one question remains: What do we do first?