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The Cruise Industry is Going High-Tech

CruisiNews With Eva

by Eva Desjeunes, The Maverick Magazine Travel Guru

Virtual journeys, interactive videos, 4D, IMAX Theaters, and sports simulators are among the high-tech touches you will see on cruise ships in the near future.

Disney Cruise Line has announced that it will create a new Star Wars area within Disney Dream’s Oceaneer Club for kids 3 to 12 years old, during the fall 2015 dry dock.  Character figures will be on display for creative inspiration and available for game play.  Kids visiting this special room will be able to unlock exclusive content that they can continue to enjoy when playing Disney Infinity at home.

If you are into big screens, Carnival Cruise Lines will have a really big one; its new Carnival Vista will launch the first IMAX Theater. Soaring three decks high, this 182-seat venue will show the latest Hollywood blockbusters, family favorites, IMAX classics, and IMAX documentary content. It is all part of the Carnival Multiplex, which also includes Thrill Theater, a multi-dimensional experience where seats move back and forth and side to side and viewers are sprayed with water and bubbles to make them feel like they’re part of the movie.

Norwegian Cruise lines is also updating its Cruise Norwegian app to make pre-cruise planning more seamless. Electronic touch screens are being added to ships across the fleet—and not just the new ships—so guests can find their desired venue, view activity schedules, make dinner and show reservations, and more. Screens should be in place by mid-2016 across the fleet.

Among onboard techno perks for Costa Cruises’ Costa Deliziosa are a 4D cinema and both golf and Grand Prix simulators. Costa will be in Port Everglades for the winter with itineraries to the Bahamas and western and eastern Caribbean cruises.

Royal Caribbean often leads the way for futuristic onboard innovations and has just launched Anthem of the Seas, its largest cruise ship to date, and chock full of high-tech fun. The ship boasts the RipCord Fly experience by iFly which is essentially a virtual skydiving experience; the North Star, which takes you high in the sky out over the ocean to get a 360° bird’s eye view of your surroundings; and self-leveling pool tables to name a few.

All the major cruise lines have many close-to-home ports in the U.S. with great itineraries to choose from and offer a great way to travel for families, friends, and couples. So gather your high-tech gadgets and join the fun!

As Always, Cruise and Travel with Cruisitude,

—Eva

Eva Desjeunes-Sunder, MCC, appears courtesy of Cruise Planners and can be reached at (928) 532-7740 or (888) 201-6626. You can also explore her website at www.planetcruising.com for more travel adventures.

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