More than ever, the operators have been betting on underwater experiences as exclusive alternatives to attract the most demanding and curious cruisers. From a phone that amplifies the sounds of the seabed to a submarine that can carry two people, these are just some of the luxurious attractions that surround brands like Crystal Cruises and Ponant, but also giants like Royal Caribbean.
Facing this trend, the Travel Weekly portal has separated five underwater experiences to offer the traveler.
SUBMARINE AND MUSIC
This is exactly what Crystal Cruises offers to those traveling on Crystal Esprit. The U-Boat C Explorer 3, which carries two passengers plus one pilot, has a glass cabin so people can have a panoramic view of the seabed. The equipment can descend up to almost a kilometer deep, ensuring images of the most exclusive to passengers.
In addition to all the visual, the equipment has bluetooth connection so that the passengers can go down water listening to the music that they prefer. To embark on this adventure, however, you need to pay $ 599 per person for a 30-minute underwater experience.
SOUND AND IMAGE UNDER THE SEA
The adventure routes run by National Geographic Quest, Lindblad Expeditions’ new ship, take the sounds of the seabed to travelers. With so-called hydrophones, a system amplifies the noises picked up to almost five kilometers from the vessel, picking up sounds of animals such as whales and sea lions.
The boat also features a professional diver equipped with a high-definition camera to take pictures to the TVs in the boat lounge. There, cruise liners can enjoy relaxing, drinking and enjoying views of the seabed.
In case the interest goes even deeper into the ocean, a vehicle operated at a distance can descend to 300 meters downstream, taking even more exclusive images to the public.
UNDERWATER DRONES IN ANTARCTICA
In Hurtigruten cruises the drones not only fly but also dives. The Norwegian ship’s new ship, Roald Amundsen, slated for release in the summer of 2018, will have Blueye Robotics units for the observation of the seabed. The expectation of making itineraries through Antarctica is what makes the experience even more unique.
Manufactured by Norwegian, Trondheim, the aquatic drones can dive up to 76 meters and broadcast high-definition videos to cruise liners and smartphones via Wi-Fi. “With this kind of technology on our ships, we can take our guests to places less exploited than the surface of Mars,” says ship’s CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
Less technologically, the Royal Caribbean experience offers not just a few minutes of entertainment, but a learning experience. That’s because, since last year, ten ship’s ships have a Padi (Professional Diving Instructors Association) program to certify travelers wishing to become experts in the art of diving.
The program provides for four dives on the high seas and guarantees a certificate to the ‘students’. The amount, however, is $ 599 per person.
Ponant’s new La Laperouse will feature a submarine lounge at the bottom of the ship, with windows large enough for passengers to enjoy the views set on the large sofas in space. Called Blue Eye, the space will still feature hydrophones, technology similar to that of Lindblad.
Source: Panrotas / Travel Weekly