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

In:
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

In:
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!

Royal Caribbean announces Dynamic Dining will expand to Oasis of the Seas

In:
27Aug2014

Royal Caribbean's new way of dining on a cruise ship that is debuting first on its Quantum-class of ships will start spreading to other ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet.

During a Quantum of the Seas media event in Germany, a Royal Caribbean executive announced that Oasis of the Seas will get Dynamic Dining during her upcoming refurbishment.

No other details have been released yet but the idea behind Dynamic Dining is to remove the Main Dining Room and replace it with a combination of complimentary and additional fee specialty restaurants that guests can choose from to dine each night.

Dynamic Dining is a fundamental shift in how Royal Caribbean offers its guests dinner, opting to forgo the formality of a main dining room and make dinner more convenient with no set times and a relaxed dress code.

Oasis of the Seas is scheduled to go to Europe in October 2014 and have her refurbishment shorthly thereafter.

UPDATE: AUGUST 28: Royal Caribbean has tweeted out more information related to the Dynamic Dining changes coming to Oasis of the Seas. 

The main dining spaces will be remodeled during Oasis of the Seas' drydock later this year but Dynamic Dining itself will not begin until March 2015.

99 days of Quantum: Cocktails aboard Quantum of the Seas

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26Aug2014

To countdown the launch of Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, we're blogging about one aspect of the ship each day for 99 days. Check back each day for something exciting to read about this new ship.

Cocktails aboard Quantum of the Seas

Who doesn't enjoy a good mixed drink aboard their Royal Caribbean cruise?  When Quantum of the Seas debuts, there will be a number of brand new cocktails that were created specifically for this ship and available at select restaurants and bars.

Mixology is emerging as a popular aspect to cruising and we have a list of the brand new special drinks to look for.

American Icon Grill

THE OLD FASHIONED

Sweet, sour, aromatic and depth, this American classic has everything. Not old fashioned at all.

PERFECT MANHATTAN

A perfect balance of sweet and dry vermouth allows the bourbon to shine in this iconic cocktail.

CALIFORNIA TWIST

Sweet and sour is given a new direction as cane sugar and vodka are introduced to a lemon emulsion.

Wonderland

CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

Bitter cocoa powder and mascarpone cheese are churned together with dark crème de cocoa and vanilla vodka made super indulgent with the addition of a Guinness float and a rim of Synsepalum dulcificum.

GIANT LEAP

Mango purée and fresh cilantro pair up nicely with Bombay Sapphire gin in a grown-up trip down memory lane, and a sweet finish is delivered via a fleur du sel garnish.

RUTH’S BABY

Peanut vodka has a field day with team mates such as nougat cream liquour, white crème de cocoa and caramel syrup.

SALT WATER TAFFY MANHATTAN

Maker’s Mark bourbon, sweet vermouth and salt water taffy simple syrup deliver a different kind of grown-up trip down memory lane. A sweet finish arrives via a crown of fleur du sel.

Chic

U2Q

Crème de Cassis lends itself well to root ginger fresh apple juice and lengthened with vodka. This cocktail is no quitter.

COMING UP ROSES

A romantic blend of Champagne and rose water mingle well with rum and a raspberry emulsion.

CUCUMBER JIMMY

Gin and sweet and sour are blended with cucumber and a fresh lime emulsion, then adorned with raspberry caviar.

The Grande

J’ADORE

This cocktail has it all: a well balanced mix of fresh pear with a hint of raspberry vodka, apple liqueur and some bubbles to finish.

PRICEY PEAR

Fresh muddled pear and mint provide a solid base for the arrival of pear vodka, Cointreau and fresh lime which creates a pear explosion.

SPARKLING POM COCKTAIL

Vodka and fresh lime are joined by Champagne and jeweled with pomegranate seeds.

READ YESTERDAY'S POST ALL ABOUT QUANTUM OF THE SEAS TECH IMAGES

Silk

LYCHEE COLLINS

The unique sweetness of Lychee beautifully compliments the botanicals found in gin, courtesy of this Asian twist on a British classic.

THAI BOXER

A flavor explosion happens when you thrust together fresh basil, coconut, vanilla extract and ginger beer, made grown up with the addition of rum.

YUZU BELLINI

The lip-smacking acidity delivered via Yuzu is counteracted with the sweet pop in the cherry caviar and given levity with some fizz.

Coastal Kitchen

BLACK ALMOND PUNCH

Exotic flavors of pineapple and passionfruit blend in beautifully with hints of almond to perfect this long rum-based cocktail.

APRICOT AND HERB

In this Mediterranean delight, fresh basil cuts through the sweetness of macerated apricots and is rounded off with the citrus zing of lemon juice.

SICILIAN

It’s orange all the way in this cocktail, combining orange vodka, blood orange juice and Cointreau, made tall with sweet and sour and lime soda.

Michael's Genuine Pub

CANDIDATE

Chivas 12yr Scotch, Canton Ginger, simple, lemon

CABARETE

Aperol, St. Germain, sparkling wine, soda, fresh watermelon, orange bitters

BULLETPROOF MANHATTAN

Wild Turkey 81, rosemary-infused Amarena cherries, lemon

SOMBRITA

Sombra Mezcal, fresh pineapple, fresh cucumber, agave, lime, jalapeno, cardamom

OLD PAL

Campari, Basil Hayden bourbon, Dolin Dry vermouth, Carpano Antica

THUNDERBALL

Blackwell Rum, orange, Cardamaro, pineapple foam, Fee Bros. old fashioned bitters

NICKNACK

Death’s Door Gin, Averell Damson, Ardbeg Scotch, basil, lime, cardamom

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

Everything we know about Royal Caribbean RFID WOWbands

In:
26Aug2014

One of the more interesting parts of Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas technology announcement yesterday was the RFID "WOWband" wristbands because of the really intriguing possibilites. 

Understandably, there's a lot of intrigue regarding this new kind of SeaPass and people want to know what it is exactly and what to expect.  We don't know everything quite yet, but here's a listing of all the information on WOWbands that we do know in one place.

What do WOWbands do?

WOWbands are RFID bracelets that allow you tap it and quickly navigate the ship, make on-board purchases, access staterooms and access the Royal iQ app.  It is an optional replacement for the SeaPass card.  

Unlike a SeaPass card, it can never demagnetize. It's also waterproof.

Do I have to get a WOWband?

No, they are optional and you may keep your SeaPass card instead to use.  Even if you get the WOWband, you can use both.

Royal Caribbean is encouraging all guests to use WOWbands but they are not required.

Will the WOWband cost extra?

Yes, there will be a "nominal charge" to get a WOWband.

How much will each WOWband cost?

Each wristband will cost $2.

Can I buy WOWbands onboard or online and have them mailed to me?

WOWbands will be available in guest staterooms and they can be purchased at any Royal iQ station.

Watch the Quantum of the Seas technology telecast

In:
25Aug2014

Here's a full copy of the broadcast Royal Caribbean made earlier today announcing the amazing technological advances coming to Quantum of the Seas.

You can read all about what's coming to Quantum of the Seas too but this is the video starring tech journalist David Pogue introducing everything.

99 days of Quantum: Quantum of the Seas technology reveal images

In:
25Aug2014

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.

Quantum of the Seas technology reveal photos

Earlier today Royal Caribbean made a big announcement with the technology coming to Quantum of the Seas and there's a lot to digest.  For today's post, we're going to showcase the images of the new technology to get an idea of what's coming our way. Enjoy!

Royal Caribbean announces technology for Quantum of the Seas

In:
25Aug2014

At a media event in Germany, Royal Caribbean announced the technology advances coming to its newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas.

SMART Check-in

Before you even get onboard your cruise, guests can generate boarding documents online, upload their own ID photo, and receive digital boarding confirmation.  By the time they arrive at the cruise terminal for departure, Royal Caribbean guests can go from “sidewalk to ship” in 10 minutes with no check-in counter, no forms to fill out and no lines to stand in. 

Guests will be able to track luggage in real time on their smartphones.  Luggage will be tagged curbside with RFID technology at drop-off, and guests can monitor their bags’ progress through key points en route to the stateroom.  On departure, the process is reversed.   

SMART Concierge: Flexibility at your fingertips

Quantum of the Seas will offer new RFID WOWband wristbands, which require only a simple tap to quickly navigate the ship, make onboard purchases, serve as the room key and more.  

Simplicity and efficiency are also at the heart of two new apps that put guests in charge of their cruise choices: Cruise Planner, which allows guests to research and book dining reservations, shore excursions, spa appointments and more before their vacation begins; and Royal iQ, available as a downloadable app and provided at freestanding iQ stations around the ship.  Royal iQ allows guests to manage details during the cruise, includes a convenient calendar that provides at-a-glance views of their program, and keep in touch with one another and home via phone and text capabilities.

“Every vacation minute counts, especially on Quantum of the Seas where there is so much to see and do,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Guests can now tailor everything about their cruise in advance, so they can start enjoying their vacation the minute they step onboard.  In essence, they get back the first day of their cruise.” 

Taken together, these features take the company’s time-saving efforts to a new level,” Lutoff-Perlo said. “Every minute we can save our guests is another minute of their vacation they have to enjoy.”

SMART Connect: Downloads at the speed of modern life

Quantum of the Seas will operate with unprecedented bandwidth using satellites launched by tech partner O3b Networks.  With speeds that match fast broadband connections onshore, guests can be online 24/7, no matter what personal device they bring onboard.  Guests can watch streaming video, check email, share images on social media and enjoy face-to-face video conversations – even in the middle of the ocean.

“Even when they are getting away from it all on vacation, people want to be able to connect,” said Lutoff-Perlo.  “Our satellite network will make things possible at sea that could never have been done before, and will make all the difference in the way guests share their Royal Caribbean experience.”

In addition, Quantum’s connectivity makes it possible for one of the SeaPods in SeaPlex to become a live global video gaming suite where guests can enjoy Xbox Live and compete with other gamers worldwide. 

SMART Experiences: Shaking martinis and spinning screens

Technology also powers surprise-and-delight elements on Quantum of the Seas.  A brand new venue, Bionic Bar, is set to make waves with robots at center stage.  Guests place orders via tablets and then have fun watching robotic bartenders hard at work mixing cocktails.   

Robots drive another entertaining feature on Quantum of the Seas.  Two70 is home to a playful and agile troupe of six Roboscreens that stage surprise performances during every cruise, creating scenes while soaring and twisting solo, or uniting as one.  Guests will also experience Vistarama, floor-to-ceiling glass walls that transform into an expansive ambient surface that projects any scene, real or imagined, including the multidimensional performance spectacle, Starwater.

Quantum of the Seas will take advantage of technology in functional forms as well.  Guest staterooms are equipped with device-charging USB outlets, as well as energy efficient and environmentally friendly lighting systems. Interior accommodations are outfitted with Virtual Balconies that display real-time sights and sounds of the sea through 80-inch LED screens, ensuring every stateroom has a view.

SMART Service: Crew can connect better with guests – and with home

The technology benefits of Quantum of the Seas extend to the ship’s crew.  Custom apps will allow crew members to keep better track of guests’ tastes and preferences, allowing staff to tailor their already remarkably personalized service to an even higher degree.  Whether a guest prefers gluten-free dining, early show seating, or shiatsu massage, the features of the smart ship allow crew members to anticipate every need.

And the ship’s remarkable capabilities give the company an opportunity to make life better for crew members too, since Royal Caribbean will present every crew member on Quantum of the Seas with a free, personal Microsoft Windows tablet, with a suite of services and apps that is theirs to keep.  And as technology upgrades are made across the company’s fleet, every shipboard employee in the entire Royal Caribbean International fleet will also receive their own tablet – a total of 40,000 tablets.  

“The Royal Caribbean men and women who provide such great vacations are the real heroes of our fleet and these gifts demonstrate our appreciation in a tangible way,” Fain said. “This technology isn't only about giving our guests a better vacation – it’s also about giving our crew and their families a closer connection than we’ve ever been able to” 

SMART Sustainability: Cleaner and greener

Technology has even played a part in making the ship more environmentally friendly.  Sophisticated computer modeling was used to reduce the vessel’s energy consumption with efficient hull configuration, engine design and energy saving devices.  The ship has eliminated the use of incandescent bulbs; all lighting will be provided by low-energy LED or fluorescents.  Motion sensors even dim hallway lighting when no one is present.  

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