This is a very unusual robot aplication, but I also feel that it is way over the top. But then my idea of a good concert is for the group to play all of their songs that I like, in a version that is similar to the version that I like. So the modern concerts with that "experience" thing did seem to be just a lode of noise getting in the way of the show. I would certainly avoid any cruise with that extra feature.
I'm not a big fan of cruises. I've never been on one and though I'm sure they are a lot of fun, it doesn't sound like it would be for me. This technology seems super-impressive and is pretty amazing, and I bet it would be a spectacle to see. But yeah, I'm kind of with the folks who think it's a bit expensive and a little bit over the top. But hey, from what I hear, that's kind of what cruises are about. They seem a bit extravagant for my tastes, though. Adding something like this sort of proves that point!
I never understood the concept of the cruise ship as a floating hotel vacation. Shouldn't ships be used for transportation for those who either don't want to fly or have leasure time and want to visit many ports of call that are not on direct air routes? Since you can't get there in a few hours, I understand the need for onboard entertainment, but the excess supply of food 24/7 isn't healthy living and basically mimics the Las Vegas scene without the wave motion.
I love ocean air, the smell of saltwater, because I was born and raised not far from it and now live far inland. But my idea of taking it in is to spend a couple of weeks at the seashore swimming in the surf and walking the beaches, not being stuck in/on a floating hotel.
Speaking of onboard entertainment, stage shows have been a staple of cruise ships for a long time. Because the theater space is limited as is the size of the back stage crew, these productions have taken advantage of automation and state of the art computerized threatrical technology. This hasn't made the unions happy, but it does produce a lot of jobs overall even if the stage crews are greatly diminished.
These days, technology can permit guests to bring along their laptops and stay connected to the Internet as well as being able to watch cable TV in their staterooms. Plenty to do besides dining 7/24 while you wait to reach a port of call. It's a far cry from the days of ship to shore radiophone being the only connection to home.
Well, it seems interesting, but I don't know if I would pay extra for such a show. I have never taken a long cruise, so perhaps wild entertainment is required to keep people engaged. It seems awfully costly for what it is.
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