Bumper Cars and Balconies: Royal Caribbean’s new ship, the Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas North Star- Image courtesy of Royal Carribean
Quantum of the Seas North Star- Image courtesy of Royal Carribean

With the christening of each new cruise vessel, we see more high-tech and impressive ship design, features and amenities. Details are now emerging about the latest ship to provide the “wow” factor; RCI’s Quantum of the Seas.

Richard D. Fain, Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. says “Innovation has always been a part of our DNA, and we have taken advantage of all that creativity to design Quantum cruising.”

To prove his point, let’s take a look at some of the ship’s new features, which will include:

  • Indoor skydiving- RipCord by iFly will be the first skydiving simulator at sea. Guests will be able to float inside a 23-foot tall indoor vertical wind tunnel propelled by four very powerful fans.
  • SeaPlex, Royal Caribbean’s indoor activity space (it’s largest at sea) will provide activities like bumper cars, a circus school with juggling and trapeze, and roller skating.
  • Balconies: Quantum of the seas will offer studio cabins with and without balconies, and “virtual balcony” inside cabins.
  • The North Star, a glass capsule on the top deck that rises to 300 feet above sea level, will rotate out over the sides of the ship to provide 360-degree views.

The 4,180-passenger ship will launch from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, in the fall of 2014.  It will sail Caribbean and Bahamas cruises through 2015.  My guess is we’ll be hearing a lot more about this ship as things progress… do these new features appeal to you?  Leave me your thoughts below.

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