Royal Caribbean International Australia and New Zealand managing director Gavin Smith said one of the biggest draws of the new cruise was the technology inside. Picture: Bill Blair
Royal Caribbean International Australia and New Zealand managing director Gavin Smith said one of the biggest draws of the new cruise was the technology inside. Picture: Bill Blair

High-tech cruise liner to take in Airlie on maiden voyage

ROBOTS serving cocktails and skydiving while sailing are all part of the offerings of a new cruise set to stop by Airlie Beach.

Royal Caribbean have announced the maiden sail of Quantum of the Seas, which is set to bring Queenslanders a COVID safe cruising experience.

The ship has been touted as the newest and most technologically advanced to homeport in Queensland and will sail from Brisbane’s new cruise terminal from October 2021.

The cruise will take in the sights of Airlie Beach and Cairns as well as the South Pacific and New Zealand.

Royal Caribbean International Australia and New Zealand managing director Gavin Smith said one of the biggest draws of the new cruise was the technology inside.

Guests can choose from a range of activities including an iFly skydiving simulator, FlowRider surf simulator and glass viewing capsules.

The new cruise includes a Bionic Bar where drinks are served by robots. Picture: Roy Riley
The new cruise includes a Bionic Bar where drinks are served by robots. Picture: Roy Riley

Cocktails are served by robots in the Bionic Bar and a mobile phone app helps limit contact and crowds with reservations and staggered arrival times.

Mr Smith hoped the new cruise would give Queenslanders a well-deserved getaway.

“After such a tumultuous year, we’re excited to offer Queenslanders the ultimate contemporary cruising experience, sailing right from their doorstep,” he said.

“Our guests can look forward to a more convenient holiday on one of the most technologically advanced ships the state has ever seen.”

Guests can try a skydiving simulator on board the new cruise ship.
Guests can try a skydiving simulator on board the new cruise ship.

The new cruise is set to provide a welcome boost to the tourism economy with an expected $72 million in passenger spend projected for Queensland.

Royal Caribbean has also partnered with Australian food and beverage producers to supply goods for the cruise.

The announcement of the new cruise comes after months of empty seas and follows recommendations handed down by the Healthy Sail Panel submitted to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Royal Caribbean is using the recommendations to form an aspirational set of fleetwide health and safety protocols.

“We’re applying the best available public health, science, environmental and engineering insights and working closely with local health and government authorities,” Mr Smith said.

“Keeping the health and safety of guests, crew and the communities and environments we visit continues to be our top priority as we cement our commitment to Australian cruising in 2021 and 2022.”

For more information, visit Royal Caribbean or phone 1800 754 500.


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