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The world’s best venues are on boats

Cruise lines now have some of the most technologically advanced theatres in the world

A cruise can allow you to get a week at sea, in luxurious surroundings, for less than $1,000. While there’s no denying the potential value for money, a lot of people just don’t like the idea of spending that much time on a boat.

However, as time passes this is less of a problem and more of an advantage. It was only a few years ago that technology advanced far enough for cruise liners to not only match, but actually surpass, the kind of entertainment you’ll find on dry land.

Cruise ships are designed to be largely self-contained, so the newest generation of ships are like entire towns built from the ground up with all the latest technology.

The new “Quantum Class” cruisers from Royal Caribbean are one example of this. One such ship was only completed in 2015. Whenever it’s in port, it usually becomes the most advanced entertainment venue in the city.

Why can’t you get it anywhere else?

As time passes, you can get higher quality electronics in a smaller package. This is key on boats, where space is limited. It’s only recently that miniaturisation technology has gotten far enough for cruises to bring in the next generation of displays and other features.

12k is the resolution and picture quality you’ll find on the world’s largest IMAX movie screens. In this case, because the screens are on a boat, designers are able to make full use of the space instead of just putting up a screen. Windows transform into displays and six movable screens give a 270 degree view for more immersion than a normal movie theatre.

This gives onboard entertainment directors more to work with and they can utilise the displays for live theatre, films and anything else they can think of. Whether it’s for a concert, film showing or stage show, directors can do much more than they could in a standard theatre or concert hall.

Newer technology is also touching on other parts of the cruise experience. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is now making its way to mobile phones and cruise ships have picked up on it by giving cruisers an NFC-enabled wristband to let them order drinks, food and anything else from anywhere on the boat.

But is it value for money?

Show tickets can be expensive, especially for the best seats in the house, and even if you're lucky enough to get a discount.

With the cruise ships of today, technology has gotten to the point where it’s almost like getting a ticket to several of the greatest shows on earth, and then getting accommodation and a holiday thrown in on the side. If you’re after entertainment, a cruise might be better value than it’s ever been before.

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