Magic mirrors on new MSC Cruises smartships show passengers how clothes will look on them in 3D
Water wonder: CGI of MSC Meraviglia - 'marvel' in English - which comes into service in June 2017
Three next-generation vessels get an array of hi-tech innovations including an indoor promenade with an LED roof - two newest ships also get first art museums at sea.
It's the question women having been asking for years when they try on clothes – 'does my bum look big in this?'
But when passengers on four new next-generation super-smart ships are in the on-board outfitters, technology will come to the rescue – with 3D magic mirrors that show whether that dress really is flattering or not.
MSC Cruises has just commissioned two more ships for its upcoming Vista class – to be constructed at the STX France shipyard in St Nazaire, Brittany, and designated “Meraviglia-Plus” - which, like the initial two ships in the Vista project, will feature industry-leading innovations on board, thanks mainly to a tie-up with South Korean technology titans Samsung.
Gianni Onorato, MSC's chief executive, said the hi-tech marvels will include interactive digital mirrors in the on-board clothes shops which will show customers (including men of course!) a 3D view of how attire will look when they wear it.
Cool pool: CGI of the sun deck on MSC Meraviglia
Other smart innovations also include in-cabin interactive flat screen HDTVs that link to guests' devices, 300 digital interactive signs in public areas, Near Field Contact geolocation of children, and hi-tech medical centres that can send scans to hospitals on shore for analysis.
But if all that technology gets too much, there's a device-free digital detox room with no wi-fi or mobile signal.
In addition to modern human ingenuity, the two new Plus ships will also feature mankind's artistic creativity with cruising's first ever fine art museums at sea.
Mr Onorato said the museums would comprise classic and contemporary masterpieces from around the world - loaned from public institutions and private collections – and it should see works from leading establishments in Italy, France and the USA put on display as the ships cruise the oceans.
He added MSC had been approached by museums to try putting art and museum pieces on show at sea. ''Let's see how it works,'' he said, “we need a little courage to do something like this.'
Show stopper: CGI view of the main theatre on MSC Meravigliva