The cruise line is planning on debuting four new cruise ships that will have the ‘Blue Eye’ lounges that will enable passengers to not only see ocean life, but also to hear the sounds of the ocean and the animals that they see.
The lounges will be equipped with a sound system that will be able capture marine mammal sound within a three mile radius of the ship. The viewing sofas and seats will vibrate in unison with the noise of the marine life that will allow guests to “be at the heart of an underwater world”.
Architect Jacques Rougerie said: “The sound system in the Blue Eye lounge will reveal to the guests the amazing listening capabilities of their bodies. For the first time in the world, the public, during a cruise, will be able to ‘feel’ and be at the heart of an underwater world. They will need to use all of their senses.”
The lounges will hold up to 40 passengers at a time and be equipped with non-intrusive underwater lights. This will allow the guests to observe the ocean floor, fish, and plant life.
Not only where there be will be two large oval shaped portholes for viewing ocean life, but the lounge will also have several high resolution screens that will show live feeds from underwater cameras that will be placed on the front, back, and center of the ship’s hull.
Guests will also be able to view the live underwater videos on the televisions in the comfort of their stateroom.
The first cruise ship to have a ‘Blue Eye” lounge will debut in 2018 with three more ships to follow. Voyages will start at just under $7,000 per person.
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