Agents said the “first at sea” features on Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum class of ships would help combat old perceptions of cruise.

Passengers will be able to “skydive” hundreds of feet in the air in one of several new features revealed by the cruise line on Tuesday.

The RipCord by iFly, a simulated skydiving experience, will give passengers the chance to hover at more than 300 feet in a two-storey vertical wind tunnel.

Another new feature is North Star, a glass capsule which transports passengers more than 300 feet above the ocean and over the sides of the ship to provide 360-degree views.

The line is also claiming the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars and roller-skating.

Ian Warren, a consultant at GoCruise, said: “Anything new is obviously good. It’s a talking point and helps to challenge the perception of cruise.”

Fellow GoCruise agent Martin Hay, based in Ribble Valley, said: “Royal Caribbean is known for its innovation and for bringing new, exciting things to the market. These new features will raise the profile of cruising and help attract new-to-cruise customers.”

Quantum of the Seas is due to enter service in autumn 2014 on seven and 14-night Caribbean cruises from its home port of Cape Liberty, New Jersey. Bookings open on June 4.