Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: August 31, 2014

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31Aug2014

Hope you had a great week (maybe one week closer to your next Royal Caribbean cruise?) and you had a chance to keep up with what's new with Royal Caribbean this week. But if not, here's a roundup of this week's news.

Royal Caribbean announced all the new technology for Quantum of the Seas earlier this week and the big event revealed how amazing this new ship will be.

Luggage tracking, RFID wristbands, robot bartenders and more will be available on Quantum of the Seas and Royal Caribbean is billing the new ship as, "the world's most futuristic ship."

Combined with insanely fast internet speeds at sea, the new ship promises to be pretty darn impressive.

Royal Caribbean News

99 Days of Quantum

We're counting down the days until Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, debuts with a blog post each day about what makes this cruise ship so amazing.

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The fifty-sixth episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and we're taking a look at the newly announced tech on Quantum of the Seas

In this episode, Matt looks at the big announcement by Royal Caribbean this week and discusses all the new technology coming to the ship.  There's a lot of new innovations to be excited about and this is our look at what to expect.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

The Roaming Scribe has an interview with Royal Caribbean Chairman Richard Fain.

TheEMCeffect has a touching story about how Royal Caribbean helped make their cruise right.

From the Deck Chair is lukewarm on the new technology coming to Quantum of the Seas.

CruiseHangout shares his thoughts on the Quantum tech reveal.

99 days of Quantum: Bionic Bar

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30Aug2014

To celebrate the launch of Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas in less than 100 days, we're counting down each day with some really cool about the ship.  Check out our blog each day for a brand new post all about Quantum of the Seas.

Bionic Bar

One of the coolest technologies has always been robotics.  The idea of a machine being able to do every day tasks (sans taking over the world) has always been a dream and Royal Caribbean has seized this idea with the Bionic Bar.

The idea is simple: guests place orders via tablets and then can watch the robot bartenders start mixing the cocktails.  Bionic Bar combines two big trends, robotics and mixology.

"It actually looks like a robot ... (although) it's not a humanoid robot," Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain said.

READ YESTERDAY'S POST ABOUT WINK

The single armed robot will get the ice, mints and lemon and then squeeze and shake them to make your drink.  Eventually, there wont be a limit on what the drinks the robots can make.  The customization is what Royal Caribbean is aiming for.

What about gratuity? There will still be gratuity on the drinks you order but instead of lining the pockets of these robots, they will go towards a tip pool for the crew members.

The idea is undeniably intriguing and it's going to be yet another "have to see it to believe it" moments on Quantum of the Seas.

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

99 days of Quantum: Wink

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29Aug2014

We're counting down the days until Quantum of the Seas debuts later this year with our 99 days of Quantum blog series. Each day we will post something about Quantum of the Seas to share with all of you!

Wink

Royal Caribbean prides itself on the world class entertainment it provides and on Quantum of the Seas, you will get a whole new show that is sure to live up that ideal.

Wink is an adults-only show that combines cabaret-style performance art with premium spirits and late-night club life into one big event.

READ YESTERDAY'S POST ALL ABOUT STUDIO STATEROOMS

Held in the Music Hall, Wink will feature the cast of the Royal Theater and sounds like it will be very different than anything else we've seen before.

In addition, Wink is something for adults to enjoy and it adds to what there is to do at night.  Royal Caribbean is referring to it as a "late night party designed for mature audiences".

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

Anthem of the Seas musical will be "We Will Rock You"

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29Aug2014

Royal Caribbean has been informing travel agents and others that the Broadway musical on Anthem of the Seas will be "We Will Rock You".

We Will Rock You is based on the music of Queen and will be the Broadway show available on the second Quantum-class cruise ship.

In addition to the show, there will be an after-show party with the cast of the musical for guests to experience, similar in nature to the Mamma Mia! after-party on Quantum of the Seas.

Friday Photos

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29Aug2014

If it's Friday, that means it is time to share some more awesome photos our readers have sent in of their Royal Caribbean cruise vacations!  As always, we want your photos too, so send us your best Royal Caribbean photos so we can share it with the world.

Let's get right into this week's batch of photos!

First we have this photo from John Siegmund of a double rainbow off the port side on Majesty of the Seas while sailing into Key West.  Rainbows at sea are a little sweeter!

Next we have this fun photo from Sue from her Independence of the Seas cruise.  Her stateroom attendant came up with this great elephant on the toilet creation.

Keith Davis sent in this beautiful photo of the Aquatheater on Allure of the Seas taken behind the stage.  He said he took it at 1am and it came out fantastic!

Here's a photo by Jennifer Gardner of this little surprise in the Windjammer on Independence of the Seas.  I really enjoy touches like this.

Lastly, we have this photo from Mary of Oasis of the Seas' life preserver while docking in St. Maarten.  I like how the island can be seen in the background!

Thank you to everyone who sent in their photos this week. Have a great weekend and be sure to send us your photos so we can post them next week by using this form.

Royal Caribbean wins first place for cruise site survey

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29Aug2014

In a survey of cruise booking sites, Royal Caribbean came in first place for overall effectiveness.

Royal Caribbean beat out other cruise lines and booking sites such as Celebrity Cruises, Carnival, CruisesOnly, Expedia, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Orbitz; Princess and Travelocity.

In addition, Royal Caribbean also came in first place for brand impact and performance index.

According to those that took the survey, Royal Caribbean is seen as exciting, fun, having good service, and being trustworthy, which led to it having the top brand impact score.

Royal Caribbean significantly outperformed all but Carnival and Princess in the overall rankings.

The study also looked at the mobile technology and social networking habits of respondents to determine which sites are building the best multi-channel digital relationship, across web, mobile and social.

99 days of Quantum: Single cabin staterooms

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28Aug2014

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.

Single cabin staterooms

A big change in the cruising industry has been offering stateroom options to people cruising alone and on Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, there will be a new class of staterooms just for people that prefer to travel alone.

These new "studio" staterooms offer the single traveler accomodations without the hefty single supplement fee that was traditionally added to the cruise fare.

READ YESTERDAY'S POST WITH QUANTUM OF THE SEAS CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS

On Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean has even added some single studio cabins with balconies while others have virtual balconies. In total, there are 28 studio staterooms, 16 interior, and 12 with balconies.

Super Studio Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

The first single stateroom offers a stateroom that is 199 square feet in size and a 55 square foot balcony.  

Inside you will find a single full size bed, full bathroom.  

Studio Interior Stateroom with Virtual View

The studio interior stateroom measures 101 square feet and offers virtual views via your flat-screen television.  

There's also a full size bed and full bathroom.

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

Royal Caribbean call center in Oregon to add 200 new jobs

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27Aug2014

Royal Caribbean is looking to hire 200 new employees for its call center in Springfield, Oregon. 

Royal Caribbean will be looking to fill the newly created entry level jobs in their customer service and sales departments.

Since the opening of the Springfield office eight years ago, trade support director Rita Stolze said they've gone from 100 employees to a staff of nearly 750.

“Well it’s great for our community, because we are a business that continues to grow and expand our employee base year after year. So it continues to show the community our commitment,” said Stolze.

Stolze said there's also a lot of room for internal growth and promotions. They are accepting applications on their website.

99 days of Quantum: Quantum of the Seas construction photos

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27Aug2014

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 construction photos

Friend of the blog Stewart Chiron, aka The Cruise Guy, is at Meyer Werft shipyard and shared with us photos of Quantum of the Seas that he took while on a hard-hat tour.  Enjoy!

Getting ready to go see Quantum of the Seas, first hand.

Nice view! Stewart & Royal Caribbean chairman in-front of upcoming Anthem of the Seas at cruise shipyard.

Two70 on Quantum of the Seas cost more money to build than Song of Norway.

Fun! Royal Caribbean chairman & Stewart driving bumper cars on Quantum of the Seas.

FlowRider surf simulator being installed.

iFly skydiving simulator

Inside virtual balcony view cabin with 80" TV monitor.

SeaPlex is amazing on Quantum of the Seas. 6 basketball hoops, bumper cars, cisco, roller skating & trapeze training.

Area where arm of North Star arm will rest.

View from North Star loading deck overlook Quantum of the Seas' pool.

Thanks again to Stewart for the photos and be sure to follow the Cruise Guy on his many cruise adventures on Twitter!

Quantum of the Seas Tech on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

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27Aug2014

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

Episode 56 is available for downloading and this week we are looking at Royal Caribbean's big announcement for the technology coming to Quantum of the Seas.

Matt is exploring the many new tech advances coming to Quantum of the Seas and discussing how each innovation could benefit cruisers.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 56. 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!

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