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Quantum of the Seas to sail to Alaska for the first time in 2021

In:
18Mar2020

Royal Caribbean announced that Quantum of the Seas will sail from the Pacific Northwest for the first time when she calls Seattle home in May 2021.

Quantum will join Ovation of the Seas to offer 7-night cruises, leaving on Mondays.

Quantum’s summer 2021 Alaska itineraries open for sale today. The additional cruises build on Royal Caribbean’s previously announced summer deployment for Ovation, Radiance and Serenade of the Seas, sailing from Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seward, Alaska.

Quantum of the Seas will begin her Alaska itineraries with a May 10 sailing, and her season will extend through the end of September 2021.

The addition of Quantum of the Seas to the Alaska 2021 season was no simple task, and it appears Royal Caribbean has been working for months to make this change.  A source confirms that the decision to move Quantum was made late last year.

Quantum of the Seas sailed for a brief period out of Bayonne, New Jersey when she debuted in 2014, but since 2015 has been sailing in Asia.

Comparing the Royal Caribbean ships sailing in Alaska 2021

In:
24Feb2020

If a Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska is in the plans for 2021, then you have four great ships to consider.

Each of these ships offers onboard activities, signature attractions and specialty dining options that will compliment a vacation to the Last Frontier quite well.

Since there are a few different options for a Royal Caribbean Alaska cruise, here is a breakdown of what to expect from each.

Ovation of the Seas

Homeport: Seattle, Washington

Ports: Juneau, Skagway, the Inside Passage and Victoria, BC.

For the third year in a row, Royal Caribbean will send its Quantum Class favorite to Alaska to offer 7-night Alaska Glacier cruises .

Ovation of the Seas is one of the largest ships in the region, offering some of the latest innovations Royal Caribbean is known for onboard the ship. 

  • North Star observational pod takes guests 300 feet above sea level.
  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • Ripcord by iFly sky diving simulator
  • Izumi sushi
  • Chops Grille steakhouse
  • Jamie's Italian restaurant
  • Two70 theater
  • SeaPlex indoor gymnasium that offers basketball, roller skating, bumper cars and more.
  • Indoor pool for all ages
  • Solarium indoor pool for adults-only
  • Adventure Ocean childrens programming
  • Nursery for babies
  • Outdoor movie screen

Sailing from Seattle, getting to Ovation of the Seas by air is the least-expensive and most convenient choice of Royal Caribbean's Alaska fleet. Flights within the United States tend to be cheaper to Seattle, compared to Vancouver departures.

Why pick Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas offers the greatest variety of activities, things to do and dining on a Royal Caribbean ship to Alaska. 

In fact, it is among the newest and largest ships to sail to Alaska, which means guests used to a certain level of amenities on their Royal Caribbean cruises in the Caribbean will not miss a beat.

The indoor pools for guests of all ages and the indoor SeaPlex provide significantly more activities for guests in a place where rain and chilly temperatures are constantly present. Pool deck life on other ships is nearly nonexistent compared to Ovation.

Moreover, the ship sails from the convenient port of Seattle, which makes airfare cheaper and more plentiful for Americans.

    Quantum of the Seas

    Homeport: Seattle, Washington

    Ports: Juneau, Skagway, the Inside Passage and Victoria, BC.

    Quantum of the Seas will sail from the Pacific Northwest for the first time when she calls Seattle home in May 2021.

    Just like Ovation of the Seas, Quantum will offer 7-night Alaska Glacier cruises departing on Mondays. Quantum of the Seas will begin her Alaska itineraries with a May 10 sailing, and her season will extend through the end of September 2021.

    Being a Quantum Class ship, Quantum of the Seas offers a ton to experience onboard, which is perfect for families.

    • North Star observational pod takes guests 300 feet above sea level.
    • FlowRider surf simulator
    • Ripcord by iFly sky diving simulator
    • Izumi sushi
    • Chops Grille steakhouse
    • Jamie's Italian restaurant
    • Two70 theater
    • SeaPlex indoor gymnasium that offers basketball, roller skating, bumper cars and more.
    • Indoor pool for all ages
    • Solarium indoor pool for adults-only
    • Adventure Ocean childrens programming
    • Nursery for babies
    • Outdoor movie screen

    Why pick Quantum of the Seas

    Just like Ovation of the Seas, you will not compromise with the onboard experience if you sail on Quantum of the Seas.

    What makes Quantum of the Seas stand apart from Ovation is it is often less expensive than sailing on Ovation of the Seas. This means more money to spend on an amazing shore excursion.

    Quantum sails from Seattle, which makes it easy and inexpensive to get to for most Americans.

    Onboard the ship, you will find plenty to see, do and eat onboard.

    Radiance of the Seas

    Homeports: Vancouver, BC and Seward, Alaska

    Ports: Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Icy Strait Point; the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier (scenic cruising).

    Radiance of the Seas has been one of the most consistently deployed ships by Royal Caribbean to Alaska, and she returns in 2021 to offer 7-night Northbound/Southbound Glacier cruises, along with 9-13 night Alaskan & Canadian Cruisetours.

    Radiance will alternate her sailings between northbound and southbound routes, which means her sailings begin in one port, and conclude in another port.

    Guests looking to maximize their time in Alaska can opt to add on a landtour that can extend their cruise before or after (or both) to visit destinations inland that would otherwise be unavailable to see on a cruise ship.

    Radiance of the Seas is best known for:

    • Solarium indoor pool for adults-only
    • Chops Grille steakhouse
    • Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant
    • Izumi sushi
    • Rock climbing wall
    • Indoor movie theater
    • An abundance of glass walls and windows to provide views of the outdoors
    • Helipad access at bow of the ship for viewing
    • Mini golf
    • Adventure Ocean childrens programming
    • Nursery for babies
    • Outdoor movie screen

    Why pick Radiance of the Seas

    Any cruiser that has been to Alaska multiple times will tell you that Radiance of the Seas has arguably the "superior" itinerary, in terms of what you will see and experience from the ship.  Radiance sails to more ports and sees more glaciers than Ovation of the Seas, which means opportunity to see far more of the impressive and best-known glaciers and wildlife in Alaska.

    A Radiance Class ship is also famous for the views you can enjoy throughout the ship, since glass is incorporated in many places.  Views around the ship while still inside are plentiful.

    If you have the means, an optional land tour can be combined with a Radiance of the Seas cruise to become truly immersed in Alaska.

    Serenade of the Seas

    Homeports: Vancouver, BC and Seward, Alaska

    Ports: Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Icy Strait Point; Sitka, Tracy Arm Fjord (scenic cruising)

    Serenade of the Seas is returning to Alaska for the second year in a row, and she will offer 7-night Alaska Glacier Experience roundtrip sailings from Vancouver, British Columbia.

    An Alaska cruise on Serenade of the Seas will offer sailings that cover 500 miles of shoreline that is the Inside Passage, calling on Ketchikan, Juneau and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, from Vancouver.

    Serenade of the Seas is best known for:

    • Solarium indoor pool for adults-only
    • Chops Grille steakhouse
    • Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant
    • Izumi sushi
    • Rock climbing wall
    • Indoor movie theater
    • An abundance of glass walls and windows to provide views of the outdoors
    • Helipad access at bow of the ship for viewing
    • Mini golf
    • Adventure Ocean childrens programming
    • Nursery for babies
    • Outdoor movie screen

    Why pick Serenade of the Seas

    Comparing Serenade of the Seas' sailings to sister ship Radiance of the Seas, the basic difference is Serenade offers a more convenient roundtrip sailing, instead of an open-jaw itinerary.

    Like Radiance, Serenade offers add-on land tours as well to enhance the visit.

    More Alaska cruise info

    Want to learn more about a Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska, as well as helpful tips and secrets? Check out these blog posts:

    Quantum of the Seas will add laser tag and escape room during upcoming renovation

    In:
    11Oct2019

    Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas will undergo a multi-million dollar month-long renovation later in October in preperation for her new Southeast Asian season out from Singapore from this November.

    The ship will enter dry dock upon arrival in Singapore to give Quantum a new look and feel, as well new features such as the laser tag game and escape room that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. 

    Every five years, Royal Caribbean ships undergo routine maintenance work.  Quantum is ending her four-year plus deployment in China and she will next undergo renovation to prepare for her new Southeast Asian season out from Singapore from this November.

    This week, Quantum of the Seas visited Keelung Port, as she is making her way from Tianjin to Singapore over a 12-night one-way journey which also includes Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Hue/Danang and Ho Chi Minh City as ports-of-call. 

    Quantum of the Seas will first offer 34 Southeast Asian cruises over six months from November 2019 to April 2020.  The ship will then return for a longer season in October 2020, with a total of 40 sailings over seven months till April 2021– the cruise line’s longest ever deployment in the region for a Quantum Class ship.

    Her itineraries include 4-night cruises to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) and Penang or Phuket, 5-night cruises to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket and a 7-night cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) (with an overnight) and Ho Chi Minh City.  This will also be the ship’s first time in the region for festive cruises of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year.

    "The potential of the Taiwan cruise market is tremendous, being the second largest in Asia.  There is stronger awareness here for our international style of cruising and our world’s most innovative ships thanks to our trade partners’ efforts in the recent years.  Now with our best and newest in the region namely Quantum of the Seas, we are confident of attracting even more Taiwanese to cruise with Royal Caribbean," said Josh Wen.

    Royal Caribbean extends Singapore season for Quantum of the Seas in 2021

    In:
    21May2019

    Royal Caribbean announced today it will add a new homeporting season in Singapore for Quantum of the Seas, sailing in the region until April 2021. The additional season
    of seven months will be the cruise line’s longest ever Singapore deployment for a Quantum class ship.

    Quantum of the Seas is scheduled to return to Singapore in November 2019. She will offer 34 sailings during the six months from November 2019 to April 2020. The ship will then return for a longer season in October 2020, with a total of 40 sailings over seven months till April 2021.

    Royal Caribbean’s Senior Vice President International, Gavin Smith, said that the commitment to bring in two of Royal Caribbean’s largest and most innovative ships in 2019 alone, along with the decision to sustain the presence of a Quantum Class ship in the region till 2021, underscores Royal Caribbean’s confidence in the region’s thriving cruise industry,
    with Singapore playing a major role as a cruise hub.

    “Royal Caribbean has big ambitions for Asia – and Singapore sits at the heart of our growth in this region. The additional homeporting of Quantum of the Seas in the 2020/21 season announced today will add some 180,000 guests to the Singapore cruising scene, and we are excited for them to experience our world-class, innovative ships.

    “2019 also marks a new era for cruising for both Royal Caribbean and the region. We celebrate our 50 th anniversary as a global brand, and ships like Spectrum of the Seas and our
    additional capacity with Quantum of the Seas here shows that we are poised to ride on Asia’s astounding growth. Singapore plays an important role as one of the region’s most significant cruise destinations, and we look forward to growing the cruise industry here and in the region.”

    Royal Caribbean to homeport Quantum of the Seas in Singapore in 2019-2020

    In:
    10Apr2018

    Royal Caribbean announced Quantum of the Seas will call Singapore home for six months in 2019-2020.

    Prior to her arrival in Singapore, Quantum of the Seas will be revitalised in a multi-million dollar project that will see the ship refreshed and upgraded.

    Her itineraries include 4-night cruises to Penang or Phuket, 5-night cruises to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket, a 7-night cruise to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket (with an overnight) and a 7-night cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) (with an overnight) and Ho Chi Minh City..

    Over her 34 sailings during the six months from November 2019 to April 2020, Quantum of the Seas is expected to add some 150,000 guests to the Singapore cruising scene.

    President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Mr. Michael Bayley, said that the commitment to bring in bigger and better ships like Quantum of the Seas demonstrates Royal Caribbean’s confidence in the region to continue experiencing record-breaking growth.

    “The Asian cruise market has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, and Singapore has been leading growth as one of the most significant cruise destinations and cruise source markets in the region,” said Mr. Bayley.

    He added, “In response to the strong demand from Singapore and the region, we have decided to bring in longer cruises for Quantum of the Seas’return. The season will feature cruises starting from four nights and the first ever 7-night round trip cruises on a Quantum Class ship here. With this ground-breaking itinerary design for the Asian cruise market, our guests will get the opportunity to enjoy a more comprehensive Quantum Class experience and take in more of what this amazing ship has to offer.”

    Video: Retractable Roof on Royal Caribbean's High-Tech Ship Ensures Fun for Guests

    In:
    17Jan2017

    From Asia to the Caribbean, in the summer or in the winter, guests on Royal Caribbean's Quantum class ships can luxuriate by the pool no matter the weather. The smart ships fully retractable roof can open or close to suit all climates.

    Royal Caribbean begins charging for North Star and Ripcord on Quantum of the Seas

    In:
    24Dec2015

    It appears that Royal Caribbean is beginning to charge guests for rides on some of its signature attractions onboard Quantum of the Seas.

    Guests on Quantum of the Seas will now be charged $20 for a ride on North Star or $26 for a 1 minute Ripcord by iFly flight.

    Quantum of the Seas, the cruise line's first Quantum class cruise ship, is offering cruises in Asia and Australia and is now charging for rides made in advance via the Cruise Planner web site.

    Rides on North Star and Ripcord had been complimentary until now on all Quantum class ships.

    There is no indication of a pricing change for these experiences on sister ship Anthem of the Seas.

    Royal Caribbean's North Star takes guests in an observation pod 300 feet above sea level for amazing views of the area around the ship.  RipCord by iFly is a skydiving simulator that allows guests to get the sensation of skydiving without the incredible risk of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

    It is not clear yet if the change to charge for these experiences is a test or a permanent change.  In addition, it is unknown if guests that opt to skip advanced reservations and wait in a standby line will also be charged for the experience.

    Would you pay extra to reserve a spot on North Star or Ripcord? Share your thoughts in the comments!

    Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas becomes first cruise ship to receive Maritime Safety Award

    In:
    11Sep2015

    Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas was chosen by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) to be the recipient of the Maritime Safety Award.

    Quantum of the Seas is the first cruise ship to ever win the award in the 155-year history of the RINA.

    The annual award, recognizing “an individual, company or organization which has made a significant technological contribution to improving maritime safety,” was presented to Royal Caribbean for the design and implementation of an integrated Safety Command Centre (SCC) onboard Quantum of the Seas

    The Safety Command Centre breaks down incident response, physically and functionally, into a collection of “pods,” each with its own specialty, which can act separately or as part of an integrated response as each incident requires.

    Professors Dracos Vassalos and Tom Allan, who are RINA fellows and sit on Royal Caribbean's Maritime Safety Advisory Board, say Quantum of the Seas' Safety Command Centre addresses a need for cruise ship safety.

    Angry Chinese passengers forcibly removed from Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

    In:
    01Sep2015

    About 300 passengers from Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas had to be forcibly removed because they were upset about an itinerary change.

    Quantum of the Seas was slated to make stops in three Japanese cities, but concerns about Typhoon Goni forced the ship to make stops in South Korea instead.

    The passengers were upset about the change and wanted to receive compensation for the change in their route.

    When Quantum of the Seas returned to the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan District, the angry passengers refused to disembark until 1pm, when the final few were removed by crew members.

    Royal Caribbean had given passengers free Wi-Fi and lobster dinners during the voyage to try to make up for the change.

    Royal Caribbean took the upset passengers to a nearby hotel, where negotiations reconvened.

    Royal Caribbean said it was willing to communicate with tourists based on international and Chinese regulations.

    However, it said it would not accept “irrational and illegal behavior,” including threats affecting other tourists’ vacation.

    Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas features retractable roof that allows guests to enjoy the pool year round

    In:
    31Aug2015

    Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas features two glass enclosures for either side of the ship's upper-deck pool, patio and bar area that was made by OpenAire and it has become a popular spot on the ship.

    Photo by OpenAire

    The retractable roof retracts into a central core and wall panels that slide down to railing height that allows the space to go from indoor to outdoor easily and quickly.

    When it's cold outside or the weather does not cooperate, both of these 3,706-square-foot structures close automatically and silently, letting guests continue enjoying all of the ship’s amenities. The design has brought extremely positive reviews for both Anthem of the Seas and OpenAire.

    Anthem of the Seas is the second collaboration between Royal Caribbean and OpenAire.  OpenAire created a similar retractable roof for sister ship Quantum of the Seas.  The work done on Quantum of the Seas made the work on Anthem of the Seas much easier.

    Photo by OpenAire

    The retractable roof will also create significant future operational savings for Royal Caribbean, as the thermally-broken aluminum framing is maintenance-free and resistant to corrosion caused by an outside atmosphere of salt air and the moist chemical aquatic inside environment. By allowing the ocean’s sunshine and breezes into the pool area, it also reduces HVAC energy use by 27% compared to a traditional enclosure.

    OpenAire will complete work on a retractable enclosure for Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Ovation of the Seas ship this fall.

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