We've already taken a look at the virtual balconies Royal Caribbean is introducing on one of its upcoming mega ships, but that's apparently just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to over-the-top cruise amenities. On its Quantum of the Seas, set to launch in 2015, vacationers will find an observation pod that hangs from a 300-foot crane over the ship.
The pod on the North Star—as it's known—looks like it was plucked from London's iconic Ferris Wheel, and it can hold at least a dozen passengers as it's raised high over the ship or whatever locale it happens to be docked at that day.
Even when the ship is out at sea, the promised view still looks pretty breathtaking, and what passenger wouldn't appreciate being able to look down on their fellow cruisers like they were on some elevated pedestal? And since the crane can lift the pod over the water, you have to wonder how long it will take before someone sees the potential of turning this into a bungee-jumping platform. [Royal Caribbean via Thrillist]