Travel Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Royal Caribbean changes direction

Royal Caribbean has changed direction, their next generation of ships are classier and loaded with new technology, not bigger than their predecessors.

The Quantum class of ships will feature a skydiving experience, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars and roller skating, new, larger staterooms and virtual balconies for inside cabins.

New features include:

  • RipCord by iFly, the first skydiving experience at sea
  • North Star, a jewel-shaped, glass capsule, transporting them on a spectacular journey 300 feet above the ocean and over the sides of the ship to deliver awe-inspiring 360-degree views.

Architectural design elements on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will incclude three new signature venues.

  • Two70° is a multi-level great room that is sure to become one of the most iconic venues onboard Quantum class ships. The space is named for its magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views through floor-to-ceiling glass walls spanning three decks at the stern of the ship.  Two70° fuses entertainment and technology to connect with the sea during the day and offer “mysterious and unexpected” entertainment at night.  New technology means every show at Two70° is multidimensional and immerses the audience through a combination of live performers, including aerialists, as well as breathtaking video and digital scenery
  • The largest indoor active space at sea, SeaPlex sporting and entertainment venue will dfeature a circus school with flying trapeze, and basketball on a full-size court.  By night, it will become the first-ever bumper car and roller skating venue at sea while guests can dance to music orchestrated from a floating DJ booth which hovers above the activity below
  • Music Hall is a rtwo-storey venue for live performances, DJs, theme night parties, billiards and more

Quantum class rooms are on average nine per cent larger than those of the cruise line’s Oasis class ships. Each stateroom features contemporary designs with customisable layouts and ilarger storage afeas.

Every room on Quantum of the Seas has a view, with virtual balconies on interior staterooms offering real-time views of the ocean and destinations

Family-Connected staterooms use three different stateroom categories which connect to form a special layout that provides separate bedrooms and bathrooms for all.  These rooms allow families and groups of friends traveling together to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to together and alone time

Quantum of the Seas offers a larger choice of stateroom categories, including new Studio staterooms, some with balconies for single travellers, three Junior Suite categories and larger Loft Suites

The adults-only Solarium, along with an outdoor pool, a new indoor pool with operable roof and a H2O Zone kids’ aqua park, will be featured on the top deck.

Signature Royal Caribbean experiences such as the Rock Climbing Wall; FlowRider surf simulator; the award-winning Adventure Ocean children’s programme; the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery; and the DreamWorks entertainment and events featuring the characters from animated movies: Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar; will all be back on Quantum class.

Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas also will make a quantum leap forward in culinary offerings providing the most flexible dining options and more speciality restaurants than ever before. Additional details about dining, entertainment and other unexpected features and activities on Quantum of the Seas will be unveiled in the coming months.

Quantum class will debut in autumn 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015.  Quantum ships span 18 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms.

Quantum of the Seas will sail out of the New York Harbour from the homeport of Cape Liberty on 7- to 12-night itineraries during the winter 2014/15 season.  Bookings will be available to Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members on 27 May 2013 before opening to the general public on 4 June 2013.

“This new generation of ships gave us an opportunity to make another leap in vessel design.  Innovation has always been part of our DNA and we have taken advantage of all that creativity to design Quantum cruising,” stated Richard D. Fain, chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.  “The unique features on Quantum of the Seas will boggle our guests’ minds, but the real strength of the design is how our people have integrated all these diverse components to create a comfortable and exciting experience.”

“We are excited to be introducing major advancements in ship design and offerings on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas,” said Adam Goldstein, president & CEO, Royal Caribbean International.  “The innovative spirit of our brand is alive and well, and with Quantum class, we will deliver more unexpected activities in the most extraordinary spaces. Our guests should prepare to be wowed.”

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