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Royal Caribbean wants your Bionic Bar drink recipe

25 Aug 2018

Royal Caribbean is looking for the best Bionic Bar drink recipe to add to its drink menu on Symphony of the Seas.

The Bionic Bar is a pair of robots that were engineered in Italy to be able to muddle, stir, shake and strain all types of drinks; the cocktail combinations are endless, with 30 spirits and 21 mixers from which to choose. 

Royal Caribbean's Crown and Anchor Society sent the open invitation to all past cruisers to share with the cruise line their drink recipe submission, and encourages as much creativity as possible. You will have the opportunity to name the drink too.

Guests can fill out the Bionic Bar Recipe Contest form and see if their favorite concoction makes the cut as the next new cocktail.

The robot bartenders can produce two drinks per minute and can make up to 1,000 each day. Guests create an order—whether a custom request or standard menu item—on a specially programed tablet or with staff. They can keep track of their order on the digital screen next to the bar, and once it’s ready, the bartenders will release their drink with a simple tap of their SeaPass card or WOWband.

Everything you need to know about the Bionic Bar on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

22 Dec 2016

Have you heard about the robot bartenders on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas? While there are still plenty of bars staffed by human beings, Royal Caribbean created one bar on Harmony of the Seas that has its drinks created by one of two robots!

If you want to try the Bionic Bar out for yourself, here is what you need to know about how it all works.

Bionic Bar location

The Bionic Bar is located on the Royal Promenade (deck 5) near the aft elevator bank and across the Royal Promenade from Guest Services. 

The bar features a number of tables and couches that surround the robot bartenders that create the drinks.

How the Bionic Bar works

The Bionic Bar is as appealing to watch as it is to enjoy a cocktail crafted here. You will find quite often many guests simply watching the robots in action, although there is usually plenty of folks ordering drinks as well.

To order a drink, guests need to use one of the tablets found at any of the tables in the Bionic Bar.  

Thanks to Ashley Arbaugh-Chipps for providing many of these photos

Activate the drink ordering system by placing a SeaPass card or WOWband near the scanner on the top of the tablet.  The tablet will verify the guest's age to ensure they are old enough to order drinks.

Once in the Bionic Bar menu system, guests have the choice of selecting from pre-defined drink recipes, or creating their own concoctions.  You can name your drink, save it for later and customize the drinks to your liking, with the ability to define how many shots of liquor, soda or other beverages in the drink.  Keep in mind that the Bionic Bar is limited to liquids that are non-refrigerated.

Once the drink order is complete, guests will verify and submit the order.  At this point, the guest's drink will appear on the electronic display located to the side of either robot.  These displays act as virtual queues, and explain which drink the robot is making and how long until your drink is created.

After the robot creates your drink, the robot will place it on the table, at which point you must walk up to the bar, swipe a SeaPass or WOWband at the scanner location, and the drink will be delivered to the end of the bar.

What is the price of drinks at the Bionic Bar?

The price of drinks at the Bionic Bar is about what you would pay anywhere else for a cocktail on the ship.

Drinks ordered by guests will be charged to their SeaPass account.  Alternatively, guests with a Royal Caribbean drink package may order drinks at the Bionic Bar and it will be included with their package benefits.

Any drinks ordered at the Bionic Bar still come with the automatic 18% gratuity, which is later pooled and distributed to the bar staff.

99 days of Harmony: Bionic Bar showcased at South Beach Wine & Food Festival

29 Feb 2016

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas will debut in less than 99 days and to celebrate, we are counting down every day with a brand new blog post all about Harmony of the Seas.

Bionic Bar at South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Royal Caribbean’s Bionic Bar was on display at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival last week.

Makr Shakr, the company that built the Bionic Bar, showed off their creation that is coming to Harmony of the Seas during the opening night of the festaival.

The robot bartenders did not miss a beat while mixing and shaking cocktails to the rhythm of the music, becoming a hot spot for selfie-snapping. 

The Bionic Bar will be featured on the world's newest and largest ship,Harmony of the Seas when she sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, FL in November 2016.

All photos by Royal Caribbean International

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post as we celebrate 99 days of Harmony!

Royal Caribbean asking travel agents to name the Bionic Bar bartenders

29 Jul 2015

Royal Caribbean senior vice president of sales, Vicki Freed, is asking the help of travel agents to name the arms of the robotic arms that "work" in the Bionic Bar aboard Anthem of the Seas.

Freed posted the contest on her Facebook page and is offering the winner of the contest a chance to win a stateroom on an Anthem of the Seas inaugural sailing from New York.  

The contest is open from July 27 through August 3.  

Each travel partner is limited to one submission for one arm. The winner will be awarded a stateroom on an Anthem Inaugural sailing for the 11/8 sailing.

Vicki will announce the winners the week of 8/10 on Facebook as well as Loyal To You Always. 

The contest is only open to travel agents but what would you name the robotic bartenders?

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