Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A First Look at Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas

Webster defines “Quantum” as unit of measurement.  RoyalCaribbean defines “Quantum of the Seas” as a quantum leap forward in measuring the WOW!  According to Adam Goldstein, CEO of Royal Caribbean, this new build will be measurably more exciting; measurably more interactive and measurably more entertaining!

Imagine a giant glass bubble, with a guest capacity of 14, attached to a giant mechanical arm that rotates 300 feet above the ocean!  That's North Star! Inspired by the London Eye, each 15 minute ride will give guests a view like no other!

If that’s to tame for your adventure loving spirit, you’ll want to try the Rip Cord by iFly, the first simulated skydiving adventure at sea!  This 75-minute experience is done in a two-story vertical wind tunnel, where after “flight” instruction, guests will float and hover as if free-falling from a plane.

After the above adventures, bumper cars seem quite tame…until you remind yourself this is all happening aboard a 167,800-ton cruise ship! SeaPlex, a huge indoor activity venue will handle an assortment of activities  throughout the day and night, including the cars. There will be a circus school that teaches juggling and trapeze, roller skating (the ice rink has been eliminated), ping pong, and a basketball court. A food truck will be “parked” in case you’re hit with a case of the munchies.

Two70° is the “great room” of Quantum of the Seas. The space is a modern, open area living room with magnificent 270° panoramic views. In the morning it’s the perfect place to kick back and relax with a cup of coffee while taking in the scenery from vast floor to ceiling windows spanning two-and-a-half decks high. During the day, different activities will be going on. By night, Two70° transforms into its evening persona through the use of projection technology allowing for digital scenery to accompany entertainment options such as aerialist performers. And did I mention there also happens to be an ice bar serving up your favorite cocktails? You can hang out here all day and night!

The Music Hall will feature dance classes and improv workshops during the day, and will come alive at night as the heart of the ship’s entertainment.  Live bands, musicians, DJs, and theme nights make every evening exciting.  The space is home to the self-leveling billiard tables, originally found on Radiance-class ships.

On average, Quantum’s staterooms will be nine percent larger than those on the Oasis-class ships, and have a more residential “feel”.  The new modular family-connected rooms will help families or groups find the perfect layout. Suite options will include three junior suite categories, a family junior suite with a full bath and a half, and loft suites located across the stern of the ship.

Studio cabins will include 12 with balconies and 16 inside cabins. All of the interior cabins on the Quantum will feature “virtual balconies” with wall-length digital projections of real-time views of what’s happening outside the ship, whether you’re at sea or in port. You can turn the projections on and off any time you wish.

Bookings on the Quantum of the Seas will be available to Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members starting May 27, 2013 before opening to the general public on June 4. Quantum will sail out of the New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty on 7- to 12-night itineraries beginning November 2014."

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