Quantum of the Seas

99 days of Quantum: Kristin Chenoweth

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31Aug2014

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.

Kristin Chenoweth

Royal Caribbean selected Kristin Chenoweth to be godmother to Quantum of the Seas back on February 24, 2013 and she has already served in a few capacities to fill this role.

The role of the godmother for a ship is very special. Not only does a godmother christen or name the ship and serve as a guiding spirit, but she also plays a key role in the festivities of the naming ceremony and provides a blessing on the ship for the guests and crew and all who sail on her.

Kristin's selection highlights Royal Caribbean's emphasis on entertainment onboard Quantum.  As a Broadway and television star, Kristin embodies what Royal Caribbean wants to have on its newest cruise ship.

READ YESTERDAY'S POST ABOUT BIONIC BAR

Since being selected, Kristin has helped spread the word about the new ship. At the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, she was on Royal Caribbean's float to help announce the new ship. In fact, during the parade Royal Caribbean made the announcement that Mammia Mia!, the Broadway show would be playing onboard Quantum.

Kristin also was named as the Quantum Experience Advisor for entertainment and joined Royal Caribbean Vice President Nick Weir to announce all the shows that will be available for guests to enjoy.

Of course, Kristin's biggest job is still yet to come as she performs her godmother duties when Quantum of the Seas debuts in November 2014.

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

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!

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!

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!

Watch the Quantum of the Seas technology telecast

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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

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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.  

99 days of Quantum: Mamma Mia

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22Aug2014

We're counting down the days until Royal Caribbean's next cruise ship debuts, Quantum of the Seas, with our 99 days of Quantum countdown.  Each day we will post something about this amazing new ship.

Mamma Mia

Royal Caribbean revolutionized the cruise industry when it first started offering Broadway shows at sea and on Quantum of the Seas, the tradition continues with the hit musical Mamma Mia!.

The long running hit show will be performed on every Quantum of the Seas sailing and it's included in the price of the cruise.

The fact it's complimentary is a big deal when you consider what Broadway show tickets cost, even if the show is on tour off Broadway.  

Since 2009 three other Broadway musicals have debuted on Royal Caribbean: Hairspray, Chicago and Saturday Night Fever.  Each show has been a big hit with guests onboard as it offers yet another great entertainment option.

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

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