Royal Caribbean reveals plans to enter space tourism sector

Royal Caribbean International is proposing to go where no cruise line has gone before by applying the wow factor to passenger space exploration.

The line today confirmed plans for the first voyage of its state-of-the-art spaceship, Orbiter of the Galaxies, for 2030.

Construction of the extraordinary space and cruise ship hybrid is underway and Royal Caribbean has unveiled the first images of this cosmic experience to the public.

Taking the most-loved features of the current Royal Caribbean fleet and giving them a space age twist, Orbiter of the Galaxies is set to deliver an out-of-this-world holiday experience.

Onboard features include 270° panoramic space views through Two70°’s multi-deck, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a gravity defying iFly® space walking simulator experience allowing guests to soar through space for the ultimate thrill seeker experience.

In addition, Royal Caribbean will be adapting its stage shows for Zero G and microgravity conditions, and creating food and drink menus designed to suit space climates.

The line has partnered with the National Space Centre to develop a cutting edge training programme for staff manning the spaceship on its inaugural voyage.

Details of launch location and itineraries will be confirmed in due course.

UK & Ireland managing director, Stuart Leven said; “We are always looking for new ways to deliver the extraordinary and what could be more spectacular than cruising through space – just imagine the holiday pictures! Orbiter of the Galaxies will be the jewel in our ground breaking fleet and we can’t wait for take-off.”

Dr Tamela Maciel, space communications nanager from the National Space Centre, said: “It’s been a busy time here at the National Space Centre, working with the new build and innovation team on all aspects of space travel – from the physical demands of working in microgravity, all the way through to teaching world class chefs how to prepare tasty food in space.

“We’re delighted to get this amazing project off the ground and prepare for the maiden journey of Orbiter of the Galaxies.”

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