Quantum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas is the newest cruise ship in the fleet and began offering her first cruises in November 2014.
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At a ceremony today aboard Royal Caribbean's brand new cruise ship, godmother Kristin Chenoweth took part in a ceremony christening the new ship.
Quantum of the Seas was named earlier this evening while docked in Cape Liberty, New Jersey, marking the official arrival of arguably the most anticipated new cruise ship of the year.
Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain spoke to those in attendance about what makes Quantum of the Seas special, "Our ships are built to be 1/3 traditional, 1/3 evolutionary and 1/3 revolutionary."
During the ceremony, Chenoweth used a tablet on the main stage to launch the champagne bottle against Quantum's hull.
Also part of the event were performances by the New York Police Department bagpipes and drums as well as a performance by singer-songwriter Clint Holmes.
Quantum of the Seas is the first Quantum-class cruise ship and marks the next evolution in cruise ships for Royal Caribbean. It's the first ship in the fleet to not be based on the Voyager-class lineage since the Voyager class debuted and is full of new technological innovations, entertainment advances and impressive decor.
Quantum of the Seas also marks the introduction to Royal Caribbean of Dynamic Dining, which is the company's complete reboot of what dining is on a cruise ship. The main dining room as well as dress codes have been relaxed in an effort to simplify dinner for guests while expanding the choices passengers have.
As part of Royal Caribbean's continuing promotional efforts surrounding Quantum of the Seas, the company will have a float in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
No word yet on what we can expect but there will be a float and Royal Caribbean will invite select travel partners and frequent cruise guests to attend the parade, much like they did last year.
Macy's parade website does feature Royal Caribbean's float, entitled "A World At Sea" and has a photo of last year's float.
Royal Caribbean had a float in the parade last year to announce that Mamma Mia would be the Broadway show on Quantum of the Seas and it even featured Quantum of the Seas godmother Kristin Chenoweth.
The 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC, on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
UPDATE (11/15): Royal Caribbean has confirmed that pop star Nick Jonas will be performing on Royal Caribbean's parade float
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We think Royal Caribbean ships really look their best at night with the lighting and reflections and so we walked around Quantum of the Seas long after everyone went to bed to snap some great photos of this ship after the sun set.
Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas arrived in New York yesterday for her homecoming ceremony.
We've got a number of great photos of this brand new ship with the greatest city in the world as her backdrop. Even the Statue of Liberty welcomes this new vessel home.
Photos by Royal Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas will get her first taste of high speed internet tomorrow, when the brand new satellite internet service is put to the test.
The new service by O3b has gone live and Royal Caribbean is promising the ship will have more bandwidth “than all other cruise ships in the world put together.”
The first real test for the internet will come on November 12, when Quantum of the Seas takes her first cruise with the satellite service activated. The two-night cruise will be a good test for how well it works.
“We are delighted to support the launch of the world’s first smart ship with Royal Caribbean,” said Simon Maher, VP Enterprise for O3b.
“Quantum of the Seas uses O3b’s maritime offering O3bMaritime to provide lightning fast download speeds and performance for both passengers and crew at one fourth the response time of traditional satellite systems.”
“O3bMaritime is the only satellite system capable of enabling cruise line guests and crew broadband services on par with onshore telecommunication standards.”
Big thanks to Tom for providing these great photos!
Don't forget we will have LIVE coverage of Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship this week, beginning on November 12.
Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship is home. Quantum of the Seas pulled into New York harbor this morning, marking her arrival to her homeport of Cape Liberty, New Jersey.
Photo by Royal Caribbean
Quantum of the Seas will call Bayonne home for the next six months, offering cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean during her time there.
Quantum of the Seas passed under the Verazzano bridge and past the Statue of Liberty in the early morning hours of Monday before heading into the newly refurbished Cape Liberty port.
Royal Caribbean will christen the new ship on Friday, where the ship's godmother, Kristin Chenoweth, will be present. Regular cruises will commence starting November 18.
Unlike anything on land or at sea, Quantum of the Seas' North Star offers guests the ability to view the world from over 300 feet above sea level providing unparalleled 360-degree views.
Check out this new video by Royal Caribbean that takes a look at all the fun activities found in the SeaPlex on Quantum of the Seas.
From bumper cars to circus school, SeaPlex brings out the playful side of guests.
Royal Caribbean has released a new video with Quantum of the Seas' captain, discussing how the bridge crew navigates a ship across the Atlantic Ocean for her maiden voyage.