Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas will have a mechanical arm that transports passengers high above the ship in a glass capsule.
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NEW YORK - Royal Caribbean's next ship will feature a giant mechanical arm that transports passengers high above the vessel in a glass capsule.
Dubbed the North Star, the unusual contraption aboard the line's Quantum of the Seas will be designed to give about 14 passengers at a time a "whole different perspective" of the environment in which they are vacationing, Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain tells USA TODAY.
Speaking in advance of an event today in New York to announce plans for the 4,180-passenger ship, Fain said the ride takes a page from the London Eye and other attractions around the globe that give vacationers a bird's-eye view.
"Quite frankly, the success of the London Eye had a lot to do with this," Fain said.
Unlike the London Eye, which costs more than $25 per person to ride, however, the North Star attraction will come with no extra charge to Quantum of the Seas passengers.
Royal Caribbean long has been known as an innovator in the cruise industry, with past ships pioneering such things as rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks and surfing pools. The line caters to a broad international audience with 22 large, resort-like vessels that carry as many as 6,000 passengers apiece.