'Smartship' 360-Degree Street View Tour is Like a Cruise Without the Seasickness

By Gerald Lynch on at

Do you like the idea of going on a cruise, but don't own a pair of boatshoes, feel uncomfortable around old people and get seasick just looking at the rubber ducks in your bath? The Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's self-proclaimed "smartship" wants to give you taste of the open waters without ever leaving your home, letting you explore the luxury cruise liner over Google Street View.

Using 15,000 high definition still images, you can explore all 18 decks of the cruiseliner with 360-degree viewpoints. The virtual tour lets you check out the ship's robot bartenders, who serve 1,000 drinks a day, an indoor sky-diving experience and the "North Star Viewing Capsules", which pop holiday makers 300ft above the sea.

The most high-tech cruise ship on the seas, passengers are given electronic wristbands with which to unlock their rooms, while those that don't have the luxury of a balcony view instead are offered a digital balcony, with a screen mimicking the waves outside.

“Thanks to the latest technology from Google, we can offer a complete virtual immersion into the world’s most technologically-advanced ship, which will be the closest thing to actually experiencing it in real time," said Jo Briody, director for PR and marketing of Royal Caribbean International.

“Quantum of the Seas has been a real game-changer in the holiday market and we are confident that once consumers have seen the innovations on offer, they will be encouraged to enjoy this groundbreaking ship first-hand."

Give the virtual tour a spin here.