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Coming To A Cruise Ship Near You

Updated a long time ago.

In early March, I attended the world's largest cruise shipping convention in Miami, Florida.

This year, 11,000 people showed up, including more than 1,000 exhibitors from 111 countries. It was like a mini United Nations, with one exception — everyone gets along.

As in previous years, I walked the trade show floor in search of new and unusual products, all presumably coming to cruise ships at some point in the future.

It didn't take long to find a few things I had never seen, at least on cruise ships: low-calorie sorbet in edible shells, hand-made gelato from Italy, and RoboBartender, whose mechanical arm served me a cold glass of water.