Quantum of the Seas Revealed

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 0 comments
Royal Caribbean is rolling out its latest ship next year, with an aim to wow the cruise market and keep up the line's trend of innovation at sea. Currently in possession of the biggest cruise ships afloat, Royal Caribbean has chosen to downsize for their next wave of ships, and the Quantum of the Seas and its sister ship the Anthem of the Seas (coming in 2015) will be around 75% of the size of the monstrous Allure and Oasis of the Seas.

The Royal Caribbean fleet will be growing!
by Woody Hibbard Flickr Creative Commons

Although smaller than their fleetmates, these two ships will be exciting additions to the cruise market. They feature very ambitious entertainment features, starting with a host of "firsts." The Quantum of the Seas will have the first bumper cars at sea, the first skydiving simulator (a wind tunnel), and the largest indoor sports and entertainment venue at sea. It also has a ride which is definitely a first for the cruise ship industry- it looks like nothing I've ever seen before! A mix between a cherrypicker and the London Eye, the North Star whisks 14 passengers at a time on a mechanical arm out 300 feet above the ocean for spectacular views.

One new feature which looks set to be a hit is the Two70° venue, which will have full-length windows offering 270-degree views. During the day this will be a lounge with casual dining and home to many scheduled activities. For the nighttime, the space transitions to become a place for amazing aerial displays and other performances.

Other innovations concern staterooms. On average the rooms are 9% larger than the recent Royal Caribbean ships, and there will be a larger variety of categories including better options for single travellers and interconnecting cabins for families. Inside cabin categories will be fitted with screens which simulate a window, hooked up to real-time feeds of the ocean or port views.

More details such as dining options  are yet to be revealed, but the ship will contain some tried-and true favourite entertainment features from the cruise line. These include the FlowRider surf simulator, DreamWorks Experience, Solarium, spa and children's play area. Missing will be the ice-skating rink and the traditional Royal Promenade, making way for the new and different components.

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Author: Ryan Posa+