According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 30 million passengers will take a cruise in 2019. As operators strive to win those vacation dollars, their newest floating cities offer dazzling experiences that often out-wow the most thrilling adventures on land. Today, cruise passengers can enjoy activities ranging from ordering cocktails from robot bartenders to taking a ride on a submarine. And when it comes to stage entertainment, new audiovisual technology leads the experience, with installing or upgrading to cutting-edge lighting and immersive sound. Take a virtual vacation at sea with this mini tech tour of the coolest new and upgraded cruise ships that have come online in recent months.
Sarah Jones is a writer, editor, and content producer with more than 20 years' experience in pro audio, including as editor-in-chief of three leading audio magazines: Mix, EQ, and Electronic Musician. She is a lifelong musician and committed to arts advocacy and learning, including acting as education chair of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, where she helps develop event programming that cultivates the careers of Bay Area music makers.