Move over, Royal Caribbean! There’s a new robot bartender at sea, and he has something your robots don’t have: a smiling face.
MSC Cruises has revealed details about the futuristic new space of its new ship, the MSC Virtuosa.
The MSC Ship’s Club is inspired by MSC’s vision of the future of space travel. There will be a futuristic atmosphere with 3D holograms, a digital art wall and a 12-seat interactive digital infinity table where guests can explore space on their own galactic journey.
The star of the evening is Rob, the first humanoid robot bartender at sea. Rob will mix and serve his signature cocktails – alcoholic and non-alcoholic – as well as numerous customized drinks, just as a human bartender would. He will also talk to guests and use human expressions to make the bar experience even more immersive.
Rob (Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises)
Passengers will use the vertical digital booths to place orders. Then Rob will get to work preparing cocktails – pouring spirits, juices and syrups, shaking, mixing or stirring and garnishing. In addition to his impressive bartending skills, Rob will also speak eight languages that customers can choose from when ordering: English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.
The cocktail’s preparation status is displayed on digital monitors and an LED ticker above the robot island. Cocktails from the space are served in futuristic, custom-made glasses that guests can keep as souvenirs of the Starship Club.
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If this sounds familiar, that’s because it is. When Royal Caribbean unveiled its first Quantum Class ship in 2014, it introduced an entirely new concept in cruising: a robotic bar. Today, several Royal Caribbean ships are equipped with the Bionic Bar, including the rest of the Quantum Class and two Oasis Class ships. As mentioned earlier, the big difference is that the MSC hangar is much more immersive and has a humanoid robot that can talk and feel emotions, while Royal Caribbean’s is essentially two robotic arms.
MSC Star Club (courtesy of MSC Cruises)
Rob and the MSC Starship Club, along with bartenders dressed as if they were playing in a sci-fi movie, are a must-see attraction for all ages on MSC Virtuoso.
The MSC Starship Club has been around for almost six years now, and MSC Cruises continues to push the boundaries of technical excellence that led to the concept’s creation. The line has collaborated with experts from leading companies in robotics and automation, interior design, entertainment and digital experiences to create a customized entertainment venue with a robot as the star.
(Courtesy of MSC Cruises)
MSC Virtuosa is the line’s new flagship, scheduled for launch in April 2021. After a series of three-, four- and five-night voyages around the Mediterranean, Virtuosa will travel to Northern Europe in the summer of 2021 with a series of itineraries to the Norwegian fjords and Baltic capitals.
READ MORE: MSC summer 2022 cruise program
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