Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Royal Caribbean Uses Google Street View Technology

Royal Caribbean International is changing the way how people plan their vacations by working with Google to be the first cruise line to launch Google Maps Business View using Google’s Street View technology onboard the world’s largest cruise ship Allure of the Seas. By using Street View technology, Royal Caribbean can provide consumers with an immersive and interactive experience when they are searching for a vacation.

With just a few clicks, guests will be able to virtually walk through the various decks of Allure of the Seas including the Royal Promenade, a boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship, flanked by restaurants, boutiques and lounges; Central Park, an outdoor park longer than a football pitch complete with over 12,000 live plants and trees; the Boardwalk, featuring a carousel, two rock-climbing walls and the AquaTheater, a high-dive aquatic performance venue with the deepest pool at sea; Entertainment Place, with an elaborate theatre, night club, comedy club, jazz club and ice-skating rink, which offers professionally produced ice shows; the Pool and Sports Deck featuring a zip line, twin FlowRider surf simulators, full-size basketball/sports court, nine-hole mini-golf course, 15 pools and whirlpools and 22 restaurants, and many, many more.

Vacationers will be able to access the technology, a first for the cruise industry at royalcaribbean.co.uk/royalview or via Google Search results, Google Maps, and Google+ by using their computers, smartphones, or tablets.

Over 20,000 images were taken over the course of 60 man hours and eight days to complete the virtual representation of Allure of the Seas. The images were taken using a basic DSLR camera using a fisheye lens and a panoramic head resting on a tripod. This method takes twelve photographs at each point and uses high-dynamic-range imaging to ensure the best exposure for areas of different light.

Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean Intl.


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