New features that may come to cruising

Just read this article about new features that may come, or I should say will come, to the cruise industry.  All but one is of interest to me, using facial recognition to make boarding faster.  The article has several others.  The other ones I think are too much.  

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/royal-caribbean-high-tech-cruise-cabins-facial-recognition-boarding/

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Since we have ad blocker, I was unable to read the article. But I would not be surprised that facial recognition, becomes the norm in the near future.

I’ll try to summarize:

 

Cabin walls that have different images and video projected on them.  Not just a virtual balcony but images and videos from outside the ship as well as other places.

 

Virtual reality dining.  You can put on a virtual reality headset and, in the article example, be “transported” to Japan as you eat Japanese food.  Suppose to enhance the eating experience.  Taken to nice scenery as you eat.  (Wonder if you can be transported to Boston’s Fenway Park while eating clam chowder?)

 

Virtual excursions.  Tour off limit places on the ship or sites off ship using your phone or other device.

 

And they mention something similar to the Medallion that Princess is starting to use but it will be RCCL’s version.  

 

 

Thanks!  Why bother to even go on a cruise if you are going to use "virtual" experiences?  I'm guessing the medallion thing will be a thing of the future.... many younger cruisers seem to dislike the S&S cards. Not sure what I think of a behind the scenes virtual tour... it is already available on most TV's on the cruises we've been on.

I agree about the virtual experiences.  Why not do that more cheaply at home?

And you can do behind the scenes tours at home on YouTube including right into staff/crew members cubby holes, I mean cabins.

 

And the virtual dining?  Good grief that one might be the most over the top item on the list.  Put on a virtual reality hood while I'm eating so I can imagine eating my cuisine in a different spot.  Forget about eating and talking to the person at my table or enjoying the wonderful views of the ocean that can be seen from just about any cruise ship buffet area. 

Virtual tours, dining etc? It's that the same as watching YouTube or any travel shows/videos?

The new offering will be a virtual cruise. No need for a ship or port. Just meed a warehouse. We are getting close to that point with the technology we have now. Not to my personal tastes but I do see that as a new future offering. Along with a virtual space ship cruise or for that matter a virtual 1600 - 1700 era virtual cruise. Almost makes the movie Total Recall a reality.

I heard the new RCI ship, Continent of the Seas, will be homeported in Omaha, Nebraska. The best thing, if you are running late from your virtual excursion, the ship won't leave you.Sad

Honestly, it sounds like a bunch of silly nonsense. I think the customer base, and therefore the line, would be better served spending that money to better serve the passengers without all the upcharges. Otherwise, like was mentioned above, why not just buy Alcatraz and turn it into a virtual cruise ship? (The cabins would be about the right size).

I virtually agree with this :P~ ... but the problem is the new generation does not always want the real deal. They would prefer the virtual, no risk, no responsibility, no reality world where everything is perfect and nothing is required.  And just think ... we will all miss out of the entertainment provided by the runners that have missed the boat. 

I'm 24 and I hate the idea of all of this virtual stuff, except maybe the cabin walls - that could be kind of cool. But virtual dining spots, virtual excursions, it sounds awful. We are already too into our screens as a generation right now - I don't need my vacation based on a screen as well. I want real, authentic experiences that get me away from the internet and social media. That's one reason cruising is so nice - internet is expensive onboard so most people won't be on their phones very much. (I carry mine around sometimes just to take pictures if I'm not lugging the big camera Happy

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