glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

How Do You Expect Cruising To Evolve 20 Years From Now?

What changes in the cruise industry do you expect to see in the future?  I credit Gill155 for the idea for this topic.  Thanks!

 

I see the trend to continue toward bigger ships.  I see MDRs being eliminated.  I see us paying to dine.  I see Wii-Fi in all cabin & perhaps using TVs as computers since we may not be able to travel with them anymore.  .  I see using our fingerprints (or eye irises) to get on & off ships and for room entry.  Maybe robots will be piloting the ships - there may go the need for all us captains & admiral here on the site.  Wink

 

What do you see in the future? 

Tags: Future of cruising 20 yrs. from now

21 Answers

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I expect cruise ships to come out of the water and walk on their hind legs.

And breathe air.

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Bible thumpers need not answer, as we know you don't believe in evolution.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I expect cruise ships will start carrying cannons. What better way to crush the competition than to blow them out of the water. Big Smile     And think of the fun the kids will have.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I'll stop

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Taking your list from the bottom up -

  • The piloting of the ship is already mostly computerized (robotized?). The Captain is there incase the mechanicals go batty. It is the same on airliners -- the Captains generally do not steer the plane until the auto pilot goes down unexpectantly.
  • Fingerprints are not a bad idea. It is difficult to lose your fingerprints. Of course, some will complain that they are no longer allowed to wear their status symbol on a lanyard (Big Smile), but who cares?
  • Not a bad idea to hook a computer up to the TV system, but not sure I'd want to use a public computer. Who knows what virtual diseases you may catch and infect your computers at home?
  • I think it would be a huge mistake to do away with the MDR. For me, it is a big part of the overall cruise picture. Without it, I may as well get an RV.

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I know you said in case the autopilot goes down but......

 

 

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

.......but that just wasn't the case

 

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Introducing the Metropolis of the Seas (artist rendering )

 

 

JCOAKML
Contributor Level: Captain

 

How about the fun adults can have?  Equip cruise ships with cannons and machine guns and have regular cruises though the Strait of Malacca where the pirates roam.  Included in the cost will be the chance to get behind one of the guns and take out those treacherous --------.  I can just see it now, Debbie and her son side to side with their own Oerlikon 20 mm cannon shooting up murder minded pirates.  It be a touching mother-son moment. 

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I wonder how much per round the line will charge? It could turn in to a rather expensive bonding moment.

It would probably be cheaper for the passenger to buy tickets to watch someone walking the plank or being keelhauled.Big Smile

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