Live Quantum of the Seas webcam in Hamburg

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23Oct2014

Quantum of the Seas is currently in Hamburg, Germany and there's a great live web view of the city harbor with a view of the new ship.

99 days of Quantum: The Via

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23Oct2014

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.

The Via

Quantum of the Seas will feature a brand new area called, The Via, which is an "enclave of elegant dining and boutiques for leisurely moments spent in good company".

In the Via, you can enjoy a fine wine, do some shopping for fine jewelry, watches, fragrances and more. 

The Via will be home to Vintages wine bar and Jamie's Italian restaurant.  

Right around the corner you will find boutique shopping at Hublot and BVLGARI shops.  The Via is the place for high-end indulgences.

The Via is a brand new area that we've not seen on any other Royal Caribbean ships before.  It's part of the Royal Esplanade and looks to be a neighborhood within a neighborhood.

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

Royal Caribbean releases full Quantum of the Seas deck plans

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23Oct2014

Royal Caribbean has finally revealed all the public areas aboard Quantum of the Seas in its full deck plans that are now available for the public to see.

Previously the deck plans had were available only showed staterooms and select public areas, with many areas of the ship unnamed on the deck plans.  Royal Caribbean was waiting for formal announcements of entertainment, shopping and tech before allowing the deck plans to be fully revealed.

In conjunction with Royal Caribbean's announcement of the Royal Esplanade yesterday, the new deck plans show off everywhere you can go onboard the ship and where all the new areas will be.

The new deck plans also answer some other questions that were still lingering, including if there would be a library onboard (deck 6 aft).

You can view the full deck plans on Royal Caribbean's site.

Royal Caribbean reports better than expected third quarter income

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23Oct2014

Royal Caribbean reported today earnings of $490.2 million in its third quarter.

On a per-share basis, Royal Caribbean had net income of $2.19. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and restructuring costs, came to $2.20 per share.

The company's third quarter results beat Wall Street expectations for income.  It did, however, post revenue fo $2.39 billion for the period, which missed analysts forecasts of $2.4 billion.

Its fourth quarter forecast was reduced a bit, with fourth-quarter adjusted earnings per share of 35 to 40 cents, below analyst projections of 48 cents.

For its 2015 outlook, ROyal Caribbean is experiencing strong early booking trends for 2015. Booked load factors and APDs are higher than same time last year and the booking window has extended. Europe sailings are off to a particularly good start, with strong booking trends from North America and from Europe. Caribbean pricing pressure continues through the first quarter, but the company expects that to improve thereafter.

Royal Caribbean is optimistic that 2015 will be the sixth consecutive year for yield growth. The company has sufficient visibility into 2015 to say that it is comfortable with the Street consensus of $4.55 per share. That would represent more than a 30% increase over this year's record profitability.

99 days of Quantum: Dhani Jones Episode 6: A Day On Deck

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22Oct2014

Royal Caribbean has released a new that video features Quantum Experience Advisor, Dhani Jones and President & COO, Adam Goldstein as they speak to the sports and fitness program onboard Quantum of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean confirms Quantum of the Seas will feature Royal Esplanade

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22Oct2014

After much speculation, Royal Caribbean confirmed its newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, will feature a Royal Esplanade in lieu of a Royal Promenade.

Royal Caribbean describes the Royal Esplanade as, "Step into the striking Royal Esplanade and discover a world of possibilities at the heart of Quantum of the Seas. This winding multi-level thoroughfare is lined with charming boutiques, clubs, restaurants and bars amidst whimsical works of modern art that will ignite your imagination. Around every corner, find something new to discover — whether it’s a smooth beer, a surprise live performance, or the perfect gift for someone back home."

The Royal Esplande will be home to shops such as Cartier, Kiehl's and Tag Heuer.  It will also feature specialty restaurants of Michael's Genuine Pub, Wonderland and Chops Grille.

For entertainment, you can try a drink at the Bionic Bar or stop by the Music Hall.  You will also find the Boleros latin-themed bar as well as Two70 and the Royal Theater.

Royal Caribbean vs Celebrity Cruises on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

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22Oct2014

Our newest podcast episode is out to help give you a quick "audio escape" to a Royal Caribbean cruise!

Episode 64 is available for downloading, where we compare Royal Caribbean to sister company Celebrity Cruises.

We've received a few emails over the course of this podcast asking about the differences (and similarities) between Royal Caribbean and its sister brand Celebrity Cruises so this week, Matt has brought a podcast listener on to discuss how these two cruise experiences compare.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 64. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSSStitcher or on iTunes!

Take a listen and as always, let us know what you think! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!

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!

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