Virtual balconies courtesy of 80-inch high-definition displays will now grace the inner staterooms of certain Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
Royal Caribbean has implemented an innovative solution to improve the cruising experience for those passengers staying in the more wallet-friendly accommodations, typically relegated to windowless cabins. These windowless rooms will now feature a virtual balcony, designed to mimic the real balconies that ocean-view staterooms provide as realistically as possible.
Control Group is the company behind the technology, which essentially live-streams video from RED Epic HD cinema cameras positioned on the exterior of the ship to 80-inch high-definition screens, complete with a banister. The views are conveyed fiber-optically in real time to avoid any nauseating side effects, with northern-facing screens receiving the feed from the bow of the boat and southern-facing screens from the stern.
The virtual balconies can be experienced in person on the Navigator of the Seas, which made the debut of the digital displays on February 5th.
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