Sail the sea with bionic cocktails & barkeepers
A ROBOT arm walks into a bar, and the bartender says, "I'm out of a job".
No joke, on Royal Caribbean's Quantum class ships, the Bionic Bar makes other bars you've ever visited outdated.
So cool even James Bond would be impressed, the two robotic bartenders produce two drinks per minute and up to 1000 each a day from an endless selection of cocktails. Guests just log into the system via the ship's iPad ordering system and their cocktail of choice goes up on the visual order list.
The robot arms even have names.
On Anthem of the Seas, they are called Shaken and Stirred, while on Harmony of the Seas the names are Mix and Mingle.
There's also a few saucy one-liners and bar chat on the board, the sort of stuff that bartenders regularly exchange, but it's usually hard to hear.
The bartender robots are excellent at muddling, stirring, shaking and straining your creation. Once completed, the drink is ready to claim via your wristband. Your perfect cocktail just slides across the bar into your hand.
There are 30 different spirits and 20 different mixers, so you are unlikely to be stuck for an option.
It's also possible to experiment and create your own cocktail by mixing flavours. Only you can decide if you are up to that task.
There is the occasional breakdown, and a bit of human error to contend with but the ship's captain says the bionic bartenders are the most reliable staff on board.
The bionic bar was created by Makr Shakr, a Turin-based Italian robotics company. They collaborated with Marco Pelle, a principal dancer at the New York Theatre Ballet, to ensure the movements are made with grace and harmony.
By computer mapping his actions, Makr Shakr tried to make the robot look like a human, and it works. When the arms are not making drinks, they have been known to be a little creative with their dance moves, because as everyone knows, a good bar is all about theatre.
Here's a bad bar joke to make your day -
This grasshopper walks into a bar, and the bartender says, "Hey! We have a drink named after you." The grasshopper replies, "Really? You have a drink named Steve?"
Disclaimer: Ed+bK travelled on Anthem of the Seas as a guest of Royal Caribbean.