When Royal Caribbean unveiled their upcoming Quantum of the Seas ship earlier this week, they had people saying Wow!
Personally, I didn’t think they’d be able to outdo the Oasis and Alure of the Seas, but this new (slightly smaller) ship delivers in spades, with all the bells and whistles that cruisers have become accustomed to in recent years.
The 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger ship, set to launch from Cape Liberty in Bayonne NJ in Fall 2014, will include features such as indoor skydiving, bumper cars, trapeze lessons, studios with balconies, and inside cabins with “virtual balconies.”
The most notable new feature on the boat is the London Eye-inspired North Star (seen above), a jewel-shaped glass capsule on the top deck that rises to 300 feet above sea level, then rotates out over the sides of the ship to provide 360-degree views.
The North Star is free to the public, but premium packages for sunrise/sunset/private flights can be purchased for an additional fee.
Another new feature on the Quantum is RipCord by iFly, the first simulated skydiving experience at sea. It’s a 23-foot tall indoor vertical wind tunnel that creates a true feeling of freefall as participants float several feet in the air above four powerful fans.
And not to worry adrenaline junkies, the FlowRider and rock climbing wall will both be onboard the Quantum as well!
Last up is the SeaPlex, RC’s largest indoor activity space at sea. Here, activities range from bumper cars, to circus school with juggling and a flying trapeze, to roller skating. I wasn’t impressed with the ice skating rink on other RC ships, this looks like a much better use of that space.
Royal Caribbean currently has Quantum scheduled to sail Caribbean and Bahamas cruises through 2015. Specific itineraries for Quantum of the Seas will be announced in coming months, but the line has marked November 2014 for the inaugural sail date. Cruises on Quantum will go on sale on June 4th.