Sky Cruise: A Futuristic Flying Resort That Never Lands

What we once imagined as Sci-fi may revolutionize how we perceive the hospitality business for the foreseeable future. The bizarre hotel concept has left travelers in awe of the future. Imagine a mash-up of a luxurious cruise ship and a jumbo-jet, capable of carrying up to 5000 people and staying in the air for years.

A viral video of the flying Skyliner has garnered talk on all social media platforms leaving many rubbing their hands in anticipation of the grand beauty. Outside the realms of contemporary technology, the Sky Cruise concept is a brainchild of Tony Holmsten, later reimagined by Yemeni engineer Hashem Al-Ghaili and designed by Alexander Tujicov.

Photo Credit: Hashem Al-Ghaili

Motorized by 20 engines with state-of-the-art support infrastructure, the floating hotel resides above the clouds without needing a pilot. Think of it more as an airplane on steroids. Guests will be picked up and dropped off by airliners via an external elevator on top of the plane. Sounds outlandish, right?

Features of the Sky Cruise

The Sky Cruise will offer never-seen-before vantage to some of the world’s enigmas, such as aurora borealis and stars, thanks to its 360-degree observation deck. The ship will also be powered by nuclear fusion to stay indefinitely in the sky. And the best part is that nuclear energy leaves no carbon footprint, making the venture more sustainable and long-term.

Photo Credit: Hashem Al-Ghaili

If you love the concept but detest turbulent flights, then worry not; the Sky Cruise will be fitted with artificial intelligence to avoid turbulence by sending counter-waves to give it balance and stability. The same technology will also be used for noise cancellation, making the experience pleasant for the guests aboard. All repair work and maintenance will be carried out mid-air

Amenities of the Sky Cruise

Just like any 5-star hotel, the Sky Cruise will be here to compete. Guests will enjoy beautiful sunsets from the state-of-the-art observation deck, offering them a 360-degree view. The resort will also have countless bars, shopping malls, restaurants, swimming pools, movie theatres, medical facilities and stunning wedding venues. However, the thought of a wedding in the sky makes me rather impatient.

Photo Credit: Hashem Al-Ghaili

Whereas there is no fixed date on the release, turning the concept into reality is only a matter of time. Its immense structure and heavy build make the Sky Cruise feel more like a write-up of George Lucas than a practical approach to physics and aerodynamics.

But, before you write it off, think about how the public reacted to claims of the Wright Brothers or not so far back in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin hitchhiked Apollo 11 to the moon.

It is that bizarre technology that has shaped today’s sophistication. Excursions to the moon were equally unfathomable in the early 20th Century. One thing is for sure; Sky Cruise will alter the hospitality industry and perhaps how we fly for the foreseeable future.

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