(11:35 a.m. EST) -- Royal Caribbean has revealed Independence of the Seas will be the first ship in the fleet to feature virtual reality trampolines, according to TTG.
President and chief executive Michael Bayley told TTG that the ship, which returns here in May after a major refurbishment, will combine trampolines and virtual reality in a new feature called Skypad.
The announcement comes at the same time as the line unveiled a host of new features including a virtual reality trampoline for Mariner of the Seas when it returns to the U.S. in June.
The additions are part of Royal Caribbean's $800 million Royal Amplified programme, which will see a fleet-wide modernisation.
Royal revealed that Independence of the Seas will have top-deck trampolines in November last year, but held back from mentioning that they will include virtual reality.
Bayley explained passengers would be strapped into a bungee-type harness and the headsets would transport them to the moon, for example. He added that there initially would be no charge for the feature, but this could change depending on demand.
"Indy," as it is affectionately known, returns to the UK in May with a whole host of new features including a poolside fish n' chips shop, a sweet store, Izumi Japanese restaurant, an Escape Room and a kids' waterpark, Splashaway Bay and Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade -- which will also have a virtual reality experience within the venue, according to Bayley.
--by Adam Coulter, Managing Editor, UK