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Robotron ride coming to MSC Seascape cruise ship in December

by Dave Parfitt

Robotron is coming, and the robotic uprising will only be found on MSC Cruises‘ ship MSC Seascape this December. Now, this isn’t the 1980’s era Robotron video game where you fight off a cybernetic revolt. No, this attraction uses a Kuka robotic arm combined with music and lighting to create a thrilling amusement ride at sea.

Robotron robotic arm on board the MSC Seascape cruise ship
Robotron on MSC Seascape
Photos courtesy MSC Cruises

You may be familiar with Kuka, as it’s the same innovative robotic technology that created a “flying bench” ride vehicle for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park.

MSC Cruises’ Robotron will attach a gondola that seats three guests to the robotic arm to fly them nearly 175 feet above the sea. The experience will give riders an unobstructed 360° view of the horizon as they hang over the edge of the deck, flip upside down, and move in all directions. Robotron riders will also be able to select the thrill level, from family-friendly to high intensity. Guests can set the mood with colored lights, music preferences, and more. Coupled with the adjacent video screen, Robotron will act as a moving DJ booth, with the rhythm and bass visualized as colorful patterns and pulses of light while the robotic arm is bouncing and twisting in tempo.

Robotron robotic arm on board the MSC Seascape cruise ship
Robotron on MSC Seascape

Rubén A. Rodríguez, president, MSC Cruises USA, said “We’re the first cruise line to offer something like Robotron at sea, and we can’t wait for thrill-seekers to discover the ride of their life surrounded by the beauty of the Caribbean.”

In addition to Robotron, MSC Seascape will also feature a 360° Flight Simulator, VR motorbikes, the MSC Formula Racer, and Immersive XD Cinema. Rodríguez added, “Our new virtual reality motorcycles and flight simulator – plus fan favorites like the MSC Formula Racer and XD Cinema – will also feature truly immersive experiences, providing the most exhilarating lineup of rides we’ve ever offered.”

MSC Seascape will be delivered to the United States on a 17-night Grand Voyage departing Civitavecchia (Rome) on Saturday, November 19, 2022 with stops in Spain, Portugal, and Bermuda prior to arriving in New York City on Monday, December 5. In New York City, MSC Seascape will be named and launched on Wednesday, December 7 before heading to Miami. MSC Seascape will offer year-round Caribbean cruises with two different itineraries:

Eastern Caribbean: Calling at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and Nassau (The Bahamas), San Juan (Puerto Rico), and Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic).

Western Caribbean: Calling at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Cozumel (Mexico), George Town (Cayman Islands), and Ocho Rios (Jamaica).

MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise brand with one of the fastest growing fleets. Traditionally a cruise leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region, and Southern Africa, MSC Cruises is making a stronger push in the Caribbean and North America.


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