Royal Caribbean on Wednesday unveiled its new Quantum class of ships with CEO Richard Fain telling CNBC it's the first true Smart Ship.
That claim is centered on The Quantum of the Seas using innovative satellite technology to deliver Internet connectivity on international waters that's of landline quality. Beyond setting gamers free to play X-Box LIVE in parts of the ship, that connectivity also provides a new backbone app that allows you to check in online or reserve services like dinner in one of Quantum's 18 optional restaurants for a small additional fee.
But the business case for other expensive innovations on the ship is even stronger. RCL's stock is up the best part of 60 percent over the past 12 months, a performance that far outpaces its quoted rivals Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line, and is also four times as good as the S&P 500's gain.