Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How About A Virtual Balcony In That Inside Stateroom?

Just when you think cruise ships have every amenity you can think of, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has come up with another amazing innovation - the Virtual Balcony.

What is a Virtual Balcony? It is an inside cabin with an 80 inch high definition screen on a wall showing the actual view a balcony stateroom has. The picture will be real time to give guests the feel of a balcony at a greatly discounted price. You'll also be able to hear the sounds of a balcony but have the pleasure of an on/off switch and volume control.

The first ship to feature this new technology will be Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston after it undergoes refurbishment in February, 2014 and then the brand new Quantum of the Seas out of New Jersey when she begins sailing in Fall 2014.

Not every interior cabin on these ships will offer these - Navigator will have 98 cabins with the feature, some of them quad cabins that can hold up to four passengers but the Quantum will offer it in all interior cabins, as reported at press time. (We have a group sailing the Quantum February 13, 2015 -call us for information - 516-608-0568)

We've sailed in interior cabins and for people who like peace and  quiet and sleeping  in a dark room, interior cabins are perfect. My only issue with an interior cabin is not being able to determine what the weather is like in the morning. Is the sun up, is it raining, is it sunny? A Virtual Cabin will certainly end those questions. I can wake up and flip a switch to see what the weather is in real time. Cameras will be mounted on decks of the ship and if the location of the screen in your cabin is on the port side, you'll see the port side view, if the screen is located on the starboard side, you'll have a starboard view.

Now we want YOUR view. Would you book a Virtual Balcony on one of these ships? Talk to us on

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