Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean releases first photos of finished Quantum of the Seas

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31Oct2014

Royal Caribbean has released the first batch of official photos showcasing many new areas of Quantum of the Seas.

The new ship is being unveiled to the public and media in the United Kingdom today and this is the beginning of a media push to show off this amazing new ship.

Check out our photo gallery below with all the new photos!

99 days of Quantum: Quantum of the Seas Infographic

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31Oct2014

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.

Quantum of the Seas Infographic

99 days of Quantum: Photos of Quantum of the Seas arriving in Southampton

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30Oct2014

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.

Photos of Quantum of the Seas arriving in Southampton

Yesterday Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas arrived in Southampton, England to prepare for its trans-Atlantic ocean voyage.  As you might imagine, a lot of people were excited about Quantum's arrival.

We scoured Twitter to find the better photos out there to share with everyone of Quantum of the Seas arrival. Enjoy!

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

What first time cruisers need to know about Quantum of the Seas

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30Oct2014

Royal Caribbean is once again changing our idea of what a cruise ship can offer with its soon-to-debut Quantum of the Seas in just a few weeks.  But with this new ship comes arguably the most planning required to take advantage of this new ship and experience everything to its fullest.  If you're new to cruising, here's what you need to know about this new ship.

Pre-plan online

Before you ever step foot onboard Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is strongly encouraging all guests to plan ahead online.  

Using their new Cruise Planner online app, guests can make reservations for the new Dynamic Dining restaurants, shows, excursions and more.  

Royal Caribbean says you can wait to book these things onboard the ship but availability will be subject to if space is still available.  That's a big if.

Previous to the Quantum-class, online planning was available but not nearly as important as with this new ship.  Checking into your cruise online allows you to upload a photo of yourself, set up your credit card and do everything you can now to skip the lines at the embarkation pier.  In fact, you can pre-book what time you want to arrive to ensure you get from curb to ship in 10 minutes.

Dining onboard is completely different

With Quantum of the Seas we get our first taste of what Royal Caribbean is calling Dynamic Dining.

Instead of a main dining room with set dinner times, there are a number of restaurants that you can choose to dine at.  Some restaurants are included in the cruise fare while others have an additional cover charge cost.  

The concept is brand new to Royal Caribbean and it's a big push to get away from the formality of cruising's past.  Once again, you are encouraged to book reservations in advance to avoid being locked out of the places you want to go to.

Don't worry, there's still plenty of complimentary dining options as well as more casual fare, including a 24-hour buffet restaurant at the Windjammer Marketplace.

Check out the unique things on Quantum

Each new class of cruise ship that Royal Caribbean designs has amenities and activities unique to that class and Quantum of the Seas comes with quite a few of them herself.  Here are the ones not to miss

  • North Star - An observation pod that brings you 300 feet above sea level for impressive views all around you. (Complimentary)
  • SeaPlex - A brand new multi-purpose sports complex that will allow guests to roller skate, shoot hoops, learn to be a clown and drive bumper cars all in one cruise. (Complimentary)
  • Two70° - A two deck high space that offers sweeping views of the ocean that begins as a lounge by day but at night transforms into an eye-poppinmg show that utilizes robots. (Complimentary)
  • RipCord - Ever dreamed of sky diving? Me neither but now you can experience what it's like to sky dive in a safe simulator onboard. (Complimentary)
  • Music Hall - A new music venue that was designed to be the place for live musical performances.  (Complimentary)
  • Mamma Mia! - The hit Broadway show is available to see onboard this ship every sailing. (Complimentary)

There's a lot more new and really cool innovations on Quantum of the Seas but you're likely the ones we listed are the most noteworthy.

Research your rooms

Quantum of the Seas offers a number of different staterooms to choose from.  It's always a good idea to know all the options out there, but Quantum of the Seas has even more new types of staterooms than any other Royal Caribbean ship.

If you're cruising solo, there are brand new studio staterooms just for you. No more single supplement fee, these staterooms offer those going solo an affordable vacation choice.

Also really different are the virtual balcony staterooms.  Instead of a boring interior stateroom with no view, how about an 80-inch LCD screen that delivers live views outside the ship that mimic what a balcony would look like, including the sound!

If luxury is your game, then check out the Royal Loft Suites that are two-story accomodations meant to wow everyone.  If you're going to spend enough money to buy a used car on the cruise, this is the stateroom for you.

Your Thoughts...

If you're a veteran Royal Caribbean cruiser, what advice do you think is important for a first time cruiser to be aware of?  Please share your thoughts in the comments!

99 days of Quantum: FlowRider champ tests out FlowRider on Quantum of the Seas

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29Oct2014

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!

FlowRider champ tests out FlowRider on Quantum of the Seas

Everything on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas needs to be tested and that includes the FlowRider surf simulator.  FlowRider employee and flowboarding legend Sean Silveira, who is a five time world champion, went aboard to put the final touches on the ride and train the sport staff on the wave.

“It was fun training with the sport staff; they are a great group of individuals who were stoked on riding,” Silveira said.

Royal Caribbean has had a long-term relationship with FlowRider, having brought the simulators onboard its cruise ships since the Freedom class of ships. 

“Customer Intimacy is is not just two words – it is a mindset throughout our organization and one concept that we live day in and day out” explained FlowRider COO Marshall Myrman. “We want to create the best experience for not only our customers, but also our clients customers, and everyone else associated with our value chain” added Myrman.

"Having Sean onboard the ship provided a great opportunity for their staff to get excellent hands on training and catch a glimpse of world class riding. It is important for the attraction staff to be knowledgeable and experience the thrill of the wave, so they can better relay the experience to guests."

Quantum of the Seas will feature the FlowRider Double, which is the most popular FlowRider.

99 days of Quantum: Royal Esplanade

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28Oct2014

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.

Royal Esplanade

You've probably heard by now Royal Caribbean has opted to offer a Royal Esplanade instead of a Royal Promenade on Quantum of the Seas, but this new innovation will offer a brand new experience that is not to be missed.

So what is the difference between the Royal Esplanade versus the Royal Promenade.  Personally, I think of the Royal Esplanade as more of a shopping and entertainment district onboard the ship than the cavernous strip that the Royal Promenade is.  

The Royal Esplanade runs the length of deck 4 with a mezzanine level on deck 5 both of which offer shopping, a variety of restaurants, pubs and the brand new Music Hall.

The Royal Esplanade is a combination of shops, luxury boutiques, restaurants and lounges.  The Via is part of the Esplanade and will offer luxury boutiques whereas the main part of the Esplanade will offer other shops, including a new collection of logo items that will be available in 2015 in a new boutique called "The Shop".

Just like the Royal Promenade, there will be entertainment offered throughout each cruise on the Royal Esplanade.  

You will also find Michael's Genuine Pub and Wonderland specialty restaurants as well as Vintages, Chops Grille, Izumi, Cafe Promenade, Sorrentos and more.

You may also notice the incredible art work in the Royal Esplanade, including digital and traditional sculpture and artwork.

From the sounds of it, the Royal Esplanade will be the kind of place you will be spending a lot of time onboard Quantum of the Seas with everything going on.

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

Royal Caribbean accepts delivery of Quantum of the Seas

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28Oct2014

Royal Caribbean accepted delivery today of its newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, from ship builder Meyer Werft.

The ceremonial exchange occured at Bremerhaven, Germany where officials from Royal Caribbean met with Meyer Werft officials to officially welcome Quantum of the Seas into Royal Caribbean's fleet.

Quantum of the Seas will depart from Bremerhaven to Southampton, England later today, October 28, 2014.  Once she reaches Southampton, she will set off to her Atlantic crossing on November 2nd.

Royal Caribbean has scheduled her official maiden voyage for November 23 from Cape Liberty, New Jersey to the Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain (pictured right) and Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer (pictured left) attended the official signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.)

99 days of Quantum: Roboshow rehearsal video

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27Oct2014

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas debuts in less than 100 days so we're counting down all the great things about Quantum of the Seas. Each day we will post something about Quantum of the Seas to share with you.

Roboshow rehearsal video

You may have heard about Roboshow, a brand new experience on Quantum of the Seas featuring seven foot screens mounted to robot arms.

Robotic Arts, the company that is installing the robot arms, are testing the robot programming and preparing the images for content to arrive soon.

This is expected to be one of the premier shows on Quantum of the Seas and here's a good preview of the tech behind the show.

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

99 days of Quantum: Quantum of the Seas docking in Hamburg

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26Oct2014

There's less than 99 days (22 to be exact) 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 docking in Hamburg

Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, is in Hamburg as part of its final sea trials in the North Sea.  In fact, the new ship has had its final adjustments made and is nearly ready for handover to Royal Caribbean on October 27.

Today we've got a great video of Quantum of the Seas docking in Hamburg harbor along with the North Start in use.  Can't wait to get onboard myself!

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

99 days of Quantum: Chef's Table

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25Oct2014

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.

Chef's Table

The Chef's Table has become a coveted experience on Royal Caribbean ships.  It's an intimate dinner with just you and a few other guests who get a five-course meal created by the Chops Grille chef just for you.

Located inside a special part of Chops Grille, the Chef's Table offers just 16 spots for a culinary adventure.

GUEST REVIEW OF CHEF'S TABLE ON OASIS OF THE SEAS

If you like gourmet food and good wine to accompany it, Chef's Table is for you.  The idea behind the Chef's Table is to give guests an unique five-course dinner with wine pairings.

It's meant to be educational as well, as with each course the Chef de Cuisine specially prepares and presents each course, while explaining its cooking techniques, ingredients and flavors.

With each course, a sommelier pairs every course with wine chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the dish. 

Chef's Table is the premier dining experience on Quantum of the Seas and it's also going to be the priciest but if fine dining is what you desire, this is the place for you.

Chef's Table is a specialty restaurant and has a cover charge to dine there. There is a formal dress code and it will be open for dinner.

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

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