They might not have the "flip pour bottle trick" or the "cherry trick" up their sleeves, but the bartenders at the Bionic Bar in Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas are undeniably impressive. In a move that brings high-tech bionics to the high waves, Royal Caribbean's newest ship has employed robots to man the bars.
The passengers of the luxury cruise will be served cocktails by "Star Wars" robots R2-D2 and C-3PO. The drinks can be ordered via tablets with the crew members. The arms of the robots are powered by the Makr Shakr robotic bartending system. The robotic barmen- one male and the other female- will shake and stir cocktails, old and new, including "The Bionic" and "The Robotic".
The ship's novelty doesn't end with the robot bartenders; you can enter and exit a room using smart bracelets and even enjoy choreographed Robo-Screen shows. Thanks to the broadband connection sold at reasonable rates daily, you can use smart phones onboard. The internet available on the ship is said to be as fast as onshore broadband connections, allowing passenger to make video calls, stream movies and TV content, and play online games.
Brian Abel, food and beverage director on the ship told EFE, "Eating is no longer a ceremony and becomes something easy and fun" in the luxury cruise. Abel adds that passengers are not into the pompous, rigid dining from the Titanic era.
"New cruisers have thrown overboard the concept of the great dining hall where passengers would come in at set times - usually at 6 pm and at 8 pm - to sit at the same tables mingling with fellow passengers."
The "dynamic dining" employed in the Quantum of Seas allows guests "to decide when to eat, with whom and what to eat", Abel said.