99 days of Quantum: Quantum of the Seas interior photos

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21Oct2014

With Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, launching very soon, we're counting down each day with a brand new blog post all about this amazing cruise ship.

Quantum of the Seas interior photos

I know I speak for many people when I say I can't wait to see the inside of Quantum of the Seas and finally see what this ship will look like.  

Artist concept drawings are nice but nothing beats the real thing and now that we're just weeks away from the ship debuting, we're starting to see photos emerge of what Royal Caribbean's newest ship will look like.

Ingrid Fiebak took some really great photos of the inside of Quantum of the Seas, which is nearly complete in most areas.. She was kind enough to share the photos with us so big thank you to Ingrid!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post as we celebrate 99 days of Quantum!

99 days of Quantum: Art

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20Oct2014

There's less than 99 days until Royal Caribbean's brand new Quantum of the Seas debuts and we're counting down each day with a brand new blog post all about this amazing ship. Check into the blog every day for something new to read about Quantum of the Seas.

Art

Onboard Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, you'll find an impressive art collection, including interactive art that was created by the world's best digital and video artists.  The art collection onboard is valued at $5.2 million and adds a different dimension to the ship experience.

In fact, onboard you will find 2,980 pieces of art to enjoy as you pass through the ship. 

Royal Caribbean created a theme for the art on Quantum of the Seas, "What Makes Life Worth Living".  It's the common basis all the pieces of art you see on the ship have in common.

Some of the works of art we know about already are the 30-foot-tall magenta polar bear, a wall of 210 butterflies and a sprawling, undulating structure titled “Waves of Light."

Quantum of the Seas also features the SMART Art experience, which is ship-wide and includes three types of digital media: video, interactive and kinetic.  It will encourage passenger interatction with these special pieces of art and I think will be a big hit with guests.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post as we celebrate 99 days of Quantum!

99 days of Quantum: Quantum of the Seas ads in New York City

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19Oct2014

Each day we are posting a brand new blog post to countdown until Royal Caribbean launches its newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas. There's a lot to get excited about on this amazing ship and we're highlighting it all.

Quantum of the Seas ads in New York City

Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean announced a new advertising deal with New York City to advertise Quantum of the Seas around the city on various billboards, screens and digital displays.

We've run across photos of these new ads in New York and wanted to share them to give everyone a "taste" of these new means of getting people excited for this brand new ship.

Time square marquee. Photo by Andrew Warren

Digital sign near Madison Square Garden. Photo by Sharon Vitto

Midtown Manhattan sign. Photo by Elissa Perkins‎

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post as we celebrate 99 days of Quantum!

99 days of Quantum: Last photos of Quantum of the Seas in Netherlands

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18Oct2014

With Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, launching very soon, we're counting down each day with a brand new blog post all about this amazing cruise ship.

Last photos of Quantum of the Seas in Netherlands

Quantum of the Seas was recently at the Port of Eemshaven in the Netherlands as part of sea trials and final testing.

Jeroen Houtman took some great photos of the ship in port, and it gives us yet another glimpse at how Quantum of the Seas is progressing. Jeroen was kind enough to share the photos so big thank you to Jeroen!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post as we celebrate 99 days of Quantum!

Royal Caribbean alters Explorer of the Seas itinerary due to Hurricane Gonzalo

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17Oct2014

Royal Caribbean announced today that Explorer of the Seas will have to change its itinerary and skip its planned stop in Bermuda due to the expected path of Hurricane Gonzalo.

Bermuda officials have asked Royal Caribbean not to visit the island while recovery efforts are underway.  As a result, the October 18 sailing of Explorer of the Seas will instead sail north to Canada.

Explorer of the Seas will now call to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Monday, October 20, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and St. John, New Brunswick, on Tuesday, October 21, from 09:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Royal Caribbean will compensate passengers for the change in plans by offering them a future cruise certificate worth 25% of the cruise fare paid for their sailing. This certificate may be used for a future cruise on any Royal Caribbean ship. 

99 days of Quantum: Quantum of the Seas Facts

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17Oct2014

There's less than 99 days until Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas debuts so we're counting down each day with a brand new blog post all about Quantum of the Seas. Read our blog each day for a new post all about this amazing cruise ship.

Quantum of the Seas Facts

We've got a list of fast facts for you to look at, with the basic information about this amazing new ship.  Quantum of the Seas is unique in its own right and there's a lot to see and do.  Check out our list of ship facts and learn something new about her.

Fast Facts

  • Registry: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Built at Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
  • Quantum of the Seas Godmother: Kristin Chenoweth
  • 168,666 GRT
  • 1,141 feet (348 meters) long
  • 136 feet (41 meters) wide
  • 28 feet (8.5 meters) draft
  • 22 knots cruising speed
  • 16 guestdecks
  • 18 total decks
  • 16 guest elevators 
  • 4 bow thrusters with 4,694 horse power each  
  • 4,180 guests (double occupancy)
  • 4,905 guests total 

Staterooms

Quantum-class ships will feature 2,090 of Royal Caribbean’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever, including 1,571 balcony,148 outside, 375 virtual balconies and 34 wheelchair accessible. 

Entertainment and Activity Venues

  • Two70°– a revolutionary multi-level great room with capacity for540 guests, named for its magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views through vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls spanning almost three decks, and seamlessly fusing entertainment and technology to create a transformative journey for guests from morning to night
  • SeaPlex –the largest indoor active space at sea that offers more first experiences for Royal Caribbean guests,such as bumper cars, a circus school with flying trapeze and roller skating 
  • Music Hall –the hottest live music venue on the Quantum class for guests to enjoy intimate and exclusive \access to live performances, DJs, theme events, billiards and more. Capacity 559 guests
  • Royal Theater – the main theater onboard Quantum class, the Royal Theater, is a spectacular, state-of-theart space that takes advantage of the latest technology to create a performance venue that raises the bar once again. Seats 1,300 guests

First at Sea Activities

  • RipCord by iFly –the first skydiving experience at sea which allows everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers – to enjoy the sheer thrill andexhilaration of skydiving in a safe, controlled environment
  • North Star –an engineering marvel that takes guests to new heights in ajewel-shaped glass capsule that gently rises more than 300 feet in the air, taking guests on a spectacular journey and delivering awe-inspiring,360-degree views

Dynamic Dining

The Quantum class introduces the next era of dining at sea with Dynamic Dining, a completely new approach to shipboard dining where guests have total control of their own culinary journey. A landscape of 18 distinctive restaurants includes:

Main Dining Reimagined: The most groundbreaking part of Dynamic Dining is its new take on the main dining room, which has been reimagined as five complimentary main restaurants, each with its own distinctive menu and ambiance

  • American Icon Grill
    • Capacity: 430    
    • Dress code: Smart Casual    
    • Serves: B, L, D  
    • Fee: Complimentary
  • Chic
    • Capacity: 434    
    • Dress code: Smart Casual    
    • Serves: Dinner    
    • Fee: Complimentary
  • Silk  
    • Capacity: 434    
    • Dress code: Smart Casual    
    • Serves: Dinner    
    • Fee: Complimentary
  • The Grande  
    • Capacity: 432    
    • Dress Code: Formal    
    • Serves: Dinner    
    • Fee: Complimentary
  • Coastal Kitchen
    • Capacity: 128    
    • Dress code: Smart Casual    
    • Serves: B, L, D  
    • Fee: Complimentary

Signature Restaurants

  • Wonderland  
    • Capacity: 62    
    • Dress code: Smart Casual    
    • Serves: Dinner    
    • Fee: $$$ 
  • Jamie’s Italian  
    • Capacity: 132    
    • Dress Code: Smart Casual    
    • Serves: L, D    
    • Fee: $$
  • Michael’s Genuine Pub
    • Capacity: 130    
    • Dress Code: Casual      
    • Serves: L, D    
    • Fee: $ (a la carte)
  • Solarium Bistro  
    • Capacity: 110    
    • Dress Code: Smart Casual    
    • Serves: B, L, D  
    • Fee: $$ (B =no charge)
  • Chops Grille  
    • Capacity: 108    
    • Dress Code: Smart Casual    
    • Serves: Dinner    
    • Fee: $$ 
  • Izumi  
    • Capacity: 40    
    • Dress Code: Smart Casual    
    • Serves: L, D    
    • Fee: $$(a la carte) 
  • Chef’s Table  
    • Capacity: 16    
    • Dress Code: Formal    
    • Serves: Dinner    
    • Fee: $$$$

Laid Back Options Around-the-Clock

Royal Caribbean is providing an even broader choice of casual dining options on Quantum class

  • Windjammer Marketplace
    • Capacity: 860    
    • Dress Code: Casual      
    • Serves: B, L, D  
    • Fee: Complimentary
  • The Café @ Two70˚  
    • Capacity: N/A    
    • Dress Code: Casual      
    • Serves: B, L, D  
    • Fee: Complimentary
  • SeaPlex Dog House
    • Capacity: N/A    
    • Dress Code: Casual      
    • Serves: L, D    
    • Fee: Complimentary
  • Sorrento’s  
    • Capacity: 108    
    • Dress Code: Casual      
    • Serves: L, D    
    • Fee: Complimentary 
  • Café Promenade  
    • Capacity: N/A    
    • Dress Code: Casual      
    • Serves: B, L, D  
    • Fee: Complimentary 
  • Johnny Rockets  
    • Capacity: 50    
    • Dress CodeCasual      
    • Serves: L, D    
    • Fee: $ (a la carte)

10 things you'll miss the day after your Royal Caribbean cruise

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17Oct2014

Your best Royal Caribbean cruise ever has just wrapped up and you're back home and already you're longing for the next one.  If you're anyting like my family, we start missing certain aspects of the cruise experience right away.

Here are the things we always think about "the day after" that we wish we could see/eat/do again.

10.Someone to bring new towels every day

You get home, take a shower after a long trip back home and when you put your towel on the floor... no one replaces it with a clean one!  There's something nice about having fresh towels brought to you every day to keep things nice and fresh.

9. Being welcomed to each meal with a smile, a wave and some hand sanitizer

When my daughter sees hand sanitzer these days, she always mentions going on a cruise.  Whether you are walking into the Windjammer, Main Dining Room or a specialty restaurant, being greeted warmly always makes you feel good.  

I especially enjoy the "antics" of the early morning Windjammer staff who combine their hellos with dances, songs and high-fives. 

8. Knowing what day it is by looking down on the ground

Granted most people do not have elevators in their houses, but it's nice to be able to look down on the ground and know what day it is.  It's a little touch that makes a Royal Caribbean cruise feel like a Royal Caribbean cruise.

7. Having all of our meals cooked for us

Who doesn't enjoy having all your meals and snacks prepared for you every night?  When you get home, you start thinking about all the preperation and work involved in cooking and it makes you yearn for one more night in the Main Dining Room.

6. Being able to see the ocean all the time

Whether you're walking around the deck, going out to your balcony or disembarking at a new port, the ocean is always there and getting that ocean breeze is something you just can't beat.  Being back at home, I miss that smell of the ocean and hearing the waves crashing into the ship.  

5. The only schedule to worry about is in your Cruise Compass

When you're onboard your Royal Caribbean cruise, the Cruise Compass is all you need to figure out what to do that day.  Being back at home, work emails, kids practices, errands and the rest all dictate where you have to be when.  Call me crazy, but I greatly prefer deciding between the bellyflop competition or towel folding seminar to carpooling the kids to school.

4. Someone making your bed each day with turndown service

Since I was a kid, I've felt making up your bed was silly since the only person that sees it is me.  But when you're on a Royal Caribbean cruise, it's great having the bed made up for you each and every morning.

And at night, turn down service is the perfect way to get ready for bed.  I may not ever do it myself at home, but turn down service is the way to get into bed if I had a choice!

3. Waking up somewhere new every day

One of the best things about cruising is the idea you go to sleep in one place and you wake up somewhere else.  Going to new ports every day and exploring is what makes a Royal Caribbean vacation so much fun!  

At home, you go to sleep and wake up in the same place every night.  There's no question the cruise alternative is the way to go!

2. Basically everything on the pool deck

I was thinking about something regarding being by the pool is something I miss when I'm home but I decided that first day back you just miss the entire pool deck experience.

Sunning yourself, being in the water, getting unlimited free ice cream cones and having someone bring you the drink of the day all contribute to the pool deck experience.  When you're home, you miss out on pretty much all of that and it feels odd not going up to deck 11 for a swim.

1. Not being at work

'Nuff said.

Friday Photos

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17Oct2014

This week's batch of beautiful Royal Caribbean photos is here and it's always fun to share with all of you the great photos our readers take while on their cruise vacation.

The photos we have to show this week are fun and of course anyone can send us their Royal Caribbean photos to use as well!

First up this week is a shot of Deck 4 on Freedom of the Seas by Paul Westbrook.  Who doesn't enjoy sitting on a chair and just taking in the view?

This is a really cool photo of a helicopter that had to airlift a passenger who had a stroke to the nearest hospital.  The photo is by Jan-Arild Knutsen and it's from an Independence of the Seas cruise to Norway.  Hope the passenger was okay!

Ken Slusser has this photo of Enchantment of the Seas docked in King's Wharf, Bermuda back in 2012.  Bermuda cruises are a great getaway and Ken notes the special thing about Bermuda cruises is 2-3 nights in Bermuda. Agreed!

Next is this photo by Humberto Carnero of Freedom of the Seas with San Juan, Puerto Rico in the background.  The crew member was getting ready to dock in the port.

This is a really nice shot by Keith Davis from his Mexican Riviera cruise on Mariner fo the Seas. It's from an excursion in Cabo and the use of black and white is lovely.

Thanks to everyone who sent in their photos this week.  Be sure to send your photos in as well by using this form.

Royal Caribbean Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Call Scheduled

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16Oct2014

Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on October 23, 2014 at 10am to discuss its third quarter 2014 financial results.

The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations web site, www.rclinvestor.com. To listen to the call by phone, please dial (877) 663-9606 in the US and Canada. International phone calls should be made to (706) 758-4628. There is no passcode or meeting number.

A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.

99 days of Quantum: Jamie's Italian

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16Oct2014

We're counting down to the 99 days until Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, launches with a brand new blog post every day. Be sure to check back for something new everyday here.

Jamie's Italian

What happens when you combine celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship?  You get a brand new restaurant that delivers the kind of food one of Britian's most famous chefs loves, Italian!

Jamie's Italian was created by Jamie Oliver because of all the types of food to choose from, he loves Italian the most. 

Onboard Quantum of the Seas, you will find rustic Italian dishes made from seasonal ingredients and tried and true recipes. You'll find an antipasti plank that's piled high with cured meats, pickles and tempting cheeses, pumpkin panzerotti, Prawn linguine. Plus there’s a whole array of antipasti, small plates, a gorgeous selection of grills and tempting desserts that aren't to be missed.

In terms of this restaurant's theory, Jamie designed the menu to strip food down to its essence, working with simple, quality ingredients with no pretense or ego.

Jamie's Italian is a specialty restaurant and has a cover charge to dine there. There is a smart casual dress code and it will be open for lunch and dinner.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post as we celebrate 99 days of Quantum!

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