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20 SPECIAL FEATURE ADVERTORIAL Hall 2.1 Stand 200 CRUISES “North Star” observation arm © Princess Cruises Coral Princess in Alaska Quantum Physics for Smart Cruises Royal Caribbean International commissions the next generation of cruise ships: the Quantum Class The launch of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas in November this year will see the introduction of numerous innovative and extreme experiences onboard. The ship debuts with a bumper car ride of 30 cars, the first skydiving simulator at sea, and North Star which is a jewel-shaped capsule that will be hoisted 300 feet into the air for a 15-minute panorama. Part fun park, smart home, and internet café… the customer-centered technology makes Quantum of the Seas six kinds of “smart:” SMART Check-In: Guests can generate boarding documents online, upload their own ID photo, and receive digital boarding confirmation. Royal Caribbean guests can now go from “sidewalk to ship” in 10 minutes. Guests can track luggage in real time on their smartphones via RFID technology. SMART Concierge: RFID WOWband wristbands serve as the room key and more. A simple tap on the WOWband can help guests navigate the giant ship, make onboard purchases, open doors and more. SMART Connect: Unprecedented bandwidth on-board uses satellites launched by tech partner O3b Networks. Guests can watch streaming video, check email, share images on social media and enjoy face-to-face video conversations – even in the middle of the ocean. SMART Experiences: A Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr lets guests place orders via tablets and then have fun watching robotic bartenders mix cocktails. Another troupe of robots, six Roboscreens, stage surprise performances during every cruise, creating visual scenes while soaring and twisting solo, or uniting as one. SMART Service: Custom apps will allow crew members to keep better track of guests’ tastes and preferences, allowing staff to tailor their already remarkably personalized service to an even higher degree. SMART Sustainability: Sophisticated computer modelling was used to reduce the vessel’s energy consumption with efficient hull configuration, engine design and energy saving devices. WHY NOT CRUISE ALASKA? Alaska is becoming a popular destination for cruise lovers and one with many options as Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruises and Crystal Cruises all offer their own experience of the area. Travellers can be part of an Alaska land and sea holiday with Princess, ranging from a choice of a seven-day voyage of the glaciers, the exclusive Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and a trip to Mount McKinley. Carnival offers the opportunity to cruise for seven days around Glacier Bay, touring the 3.2 million acre national park, which is home to 15 active glaciers, numerous seabirds, otters, humpback whales and countless sights. With Crystal Cruises, travel from Anchorage to Vancouver on Crystal Serenity for a seven day cruise and witness the majesty of Hubbard Glacier as it advances, creaks and calves, passengers may also spot a whale or two. NOT TO BE MISSED THE STATUE OF LIBERTY SEEN FROM THE RIVER A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without seeing the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Statue of Liberty but seeing it from the water, alongside the iconic city skyline, is a truly magnificent sight. Cruise down the Hudson River to New York Harbour where the 93 metre high statue and symbol of American freedom stands proud on Liberty Island. ITB BERLIN NEWS • Thursday 5 th March 2015 www.itb-berlin-news.com

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