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 Take a cruise if you dare!


March 2018

skydiving tunnel on a cruise ship
Thanks to new technology, entertainment on
cruise ships is now reaching new heights!

Remember when cruise liners were really a trip to get you from A to B, or a gentle tour around the Mediterranean with some food and a few onshore excursions?

Today going on a cruise is a whole new ballgame. Rock climbing, ice rinks and wave machines are already surpassed by a host of new attractions that will ensure most passengers forget they are out on the water.

The Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class ships for instance have now introduced technology on a grand scale.  For a start, they have installed Vistarama, a floor to ceiling glass wall that transforms from giant panoramic windows to movie surfaces for films with ultra-HD resolutions twice that of any IMAX cinema. Even better, some of their ships such as Anthem of the Seas have introduced indoor skydiving...get blown away and have fun floating with gravity in this latest on board skydiving tubes.

Royal Caribbean have taken technology into your cabin, with a virtual balcony, an 80 inch floor to ceiling wall to wall high definition picture that shows real time shots of what is going on outside. Sea and shore scenes are beamed from digital cameras set high up on the bridge, the stern and both sides of the ship to ensure what you see is relative to your cabin’s position. Evidently it is incredibly realistic.

They have also introduced a new activity, the Ultimate Abyss, on their Harmony of the Seas boat. This is a dual pair of 216 foot long slides that run down 10 decks in the ship. It is the modern high tech version of the helter-skelters of our youth, and riders sit on special mats as they speed through a series of dark tunnels equipped with special lighting and audio systems. At the bottom, they don’t just ditch you into the ocean though, but catch you gently and safely on the Boardwalk deck. It is still not a slide for those of a nervous disposition though!

But it isn’t all about high tech wizardry. Some cruise ships have now introduced specific interest themed areas such as breweries and craft beer halls to cater for the growing interest in these individual brews. Some lines such as Vista and Horizon have introduced onboard breweries creating their own craft beers, and Norwegian Cruises have introduced 24 rotating beers on top.

Celebrity Cruises are the latest to come out with a brand new idea to attract customers. Their newest ship, Celebrity Edge could well be called Cutting Edge because it is definitely introducing some groundbreaking new ideas. For a start, they have built in a cantilevered platform as big as a tennis court which can travel up and down the side of the ship, offering extra space where needed included an area for a wonderful dining experience.

And who wants a boring cabin when you can stay in a unique living space with two floors and even your own private plunge pool.

Of course all this activity will leave you pretty hungry and again Celebrity Edge is helping to lead the way in this field too with 29 different restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. Led by a Michelin starred chef (what else?) even the pickiest eater should be able to find something to their liking with all this choice!

The good news is that for people our age, we can even offer to take the grandchildren with us and be certain our enjoyment of a cruise won’t be affected. Choose the right ship and you will find entertainment and activities for youngsters of all ages from Thomas the Tank Engine rides and beautiful created outside play areas for little ones to laser shooting range, pool side movies and mocktail parties for older children.

Really, there is no need these days for the cruise ships to waste fuel by sailing through the seas. Just stay in dock, turn on the entertainment...and let the modern cruise begin!!!

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