Cruise

Meet Rob, the world’s first humanoid robotic bartender at sea

MSC Cruises has revealed details of its immersive, futuristic MSC Starship Club featuring Rob, the first-ever humanoid robotic bartender at sea.

The MSC Starship Club will be exclusively available on board the cruise line’s newest flagship, MSC Virtuosa, when she comes into service from 16 April 2020.

This integrated bar and entertainment experience, inspired by MSC’s vision of the spaceship of the future, is enabled by state-of-the-art technologies designed to create a futuristic atmosphere.

This includes 3D holograms, an immersive digital art wall and a 12-seater infinity digital interactive table, giving guests the possibility to explore space with their own personalised galactic tour.

Rob will mix and serve his signature cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), along with countless other personalised drinks – just like a human bartender would do – while engaging the guests with his voice and human-like expressions.

Guests will use specifically designed vertical digital cockpits within the area to place their order. Rob will then get to work and use all of his customised robotic skills to prepare the cocktails – pouring spirits, juices and syrups; shaking, stirring and garnishing.

Not only does Rob prepare an impressive range of cocktails, but he can speak eight languages (English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese), and he also has a clear personality that evolves with the surrounding settings and atmospheres.

He uses his LED face to convey emotion so that guests can enjoy his performance while they sip on their cocktail.

The status of the cocktail preparation will be displayed through digital monitors within the area and a ticker-tape-style LED strip above the robotic island, while being immersed in the space-themed experience.

The cosmic cocktails are served in custom-designed futuristic glasses that guests can collect as a lasting souvenir of the MSC Starship Club experience.

Guests will be able to return to the club multiple times over the course of their cruise, experiencing a new interaction with Rob each time.

The MSC Starship Club has been nearly six years in the making, since the first original concept.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

ATEC tickled pink with Labor Party tourism funding promise

As professional journalists, we at Travel Weekly remain completely unbiased when it comes to political matters. However, we’re just going to leave this here…

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

“The time is right”: industry legend, Barry Mayo, retires after 60+ years in travel

We think we speak for everyone when we say we can’t imagine an Australian travel industry without this industry stalwart!

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Tourism Western Australia partners with AAT Kings and showcases WA wildlife to Sydney

Rumours are that part of the collaboration deal is that the AAT execs all get free camel rides whenever they want, which we completely understand.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Humans of Antarctica

Travel Weekly joined Aurora Expeditions for an Antarctic circle expedition and met some amazing travellers who waited over two years for the adventure.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre scores whopping government contract

Work for Flight Centre? Your tax dollars could now be contributing to your own salary, according to our vague understanding of the ATO.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Start-up airline, Bonza, to embrace Uber model

However, it’s not yet confirmed whether the pilots will be willing to give life advice to drunk passengers, like the rideshare app.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Midweek Catch-up with UnCruise Adventures’ Kirsty Bozlee

We’re not sure how to UnCruise… and when we asked the company’s vice president of operations, she thought we were joking.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Travel DAZE to feature Aussie film premiere!

We’ve got another spate of fabulous speakers to announce for Travel DAZE 2022 as well as a surprise big reveal.

Share

CommentComments

Conferences

PHOTOS: ATE goes off with a bang

If you’re like one unlucky Travel Weekly reporter who has COVID, these pics will help you live vicariously through the conference-goers.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas’ new long-haul flights could cost over $18,000

For this price, we’d hope that the flights come with a complimentary mani-pedi and a pet bunny called “Fluffy” to keep us company during the flight.

Share

CommentComments

News

Returned special events to hit Seoul this month

The Travel Weekly criteria for what makes an event special is whether they have Tim Tams – although we can make exceptions for international events.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid debuts its first all-female leadership team

Rumour has it, Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls) could be heard blasting from Intrepid’s Australia office moments after they announced this news.

Share

CommentComments