Royal Caribbean has tested a new way of adding quality to their cruises by creating a virtual balcony view with a large HDTV. Demand for a balcony room is always high on a cruise, but it looks like you might be able to get the experience in a new way with this new bit of trickery.
An 80 inch HDTV is fitted from ceiling to floor and mirrors the view from the outside of the ship with a real time video feed, thus giving the feeling of a view on the outside of the ship. The image projected on the TV will also feature the balcony rail, giving the impression of looking through what would be your glass door and out to sea.
Royal Caribbean has implemented this virtual design into 80 suits on a number of their ships, which set sail today and debuted the balcony experience. You can customize the screen from the cabin with a remote control and switch between camera views, you can also draw the curtains.
You can experience this type of suit in a number of ships across Royal Caribbean’s fleet, the clever invention was thought up by technology experts at Harvard and MIT. We do not have any specs or know the model of the 80 inch display used, however it will need to provide a stunning and clear picture to make the balcony feel realistic.
There could also be a case for a surround sound system installed in the rooms, providing audio of the waves and the ship gliding through the water. If this idea catches on with Royal Caribbean customers then we could see it as a widespread feature on a lot of different luxury ships.
Would you want to stay in a suite with a virtual balcony or can the real experience not be beaten?