MSC Cruises has been creating Rob and the MSC Starship Club for almost six years, well before COVID-19 and the resulting emphasis on contactless amenities.
To create the unique space, the cruise line worked with people specializing in interior design, robots, automation, and "entertainment and digital experience."
Just like any human bartender, Rob will be in charge of creating both boozy or non-alcoholic beverages, whether it be one of its 16 signature cocktails or a personalized drink.
Guests interested in a Rob-made cocktail can order their drinks at a "digital cockpit." Rob will then prepare every component of the order - from pouring to garnishing - using some of its over 40 ingredients.
The cocktails will be served in souvenir glasses. If you're feeling impatient, you can check the status of your order using the "ticker-tape-style" LED monitor above the bar.
Rob can also interact with the its patrons with its expressive face and a conversation.
Rob can speak eight languages, allowing international patrons to order and converse with the robot in their preferred language.
The robot's personality also changes in response to its surroundings, according to MSC Cruises.
Besides Rob, the bar will also feature an interactive 12-seat table that lets patrons "explore space." All of this can be experienced on the MSC Virtuosa, which will be setting sail in April.