Quantum of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)

Overview

Quantum of the Seas is the first of the Quantum-class cruise ships for Royal Caribbean International. Originally, she was one of 2, then 3, 4 and now 5 (announced October 2015) ships – her design and facilities are proving extremely popular with Royal Caribbean’s passengers.

At over 18 decks high, packed with 2,090 staterooms and carrying 4,180 guests with 1,500 crew, Quantum of the Seas is one of the largest cruise ships in the world (only dwarfed by her bigger Oasis-class sisters)

Quantum of the Seas has broken the mould for several firsts in the cruise ship industry. These included:

  • Northstar – A 92m high observation ride in a glass pod above the ship for small groups.
  • Bionic Bar – A bar staffed entirely by robots. You simply choose a pre-determined cocktail or make your own via a tablet menu and the robot mixes your drink for you. The bionic bar is a spectacle in itself, even with non-drinkers. Lots of people find the automation and swiftness mesmerising, with many taking photos and filming the robots creating the drinks. One bonus, they don’t need a tip!
  • RipCord by iFLY – An indoor (but based outside) skydiving simulator.
  • Virtual balconies – based on an idea that Disney used on their ships previously (a virtual porthole), Royal Caribbean expanded on this by having full floor to ceiling tv’s fitted against one wall of the stateroom,  showing live footage day and night as if you had a balcony. A simple remote control allows you to “turn off” the outside if you wish!

Additionally, a host of usual facilities found on other modern Royal Caribbean ships are also included. Such as the Flowrider and the H2O Kids Zone. All activities on the top deck are complimentary to cruise passengers, apart from the Northstar at certain times of day (sunrise, sunset for example)

The ship has 20 different restaurants and eateries throughout the ship, as well as the usual room service. Jamie’s Italian branded restaurant is one of these and the first one of the chain to be based at sea.

Deck 14 (the top deck) has a large video screen, indoor pool with retractable roof, an indoor adults only pool and solarium, the H2O Zone kids water park (with wave pool – another first!) and 4 whirlpools. Access to the NorthStar ride is also on this deck, two outdoor jogging tracks, the Flowrider, rock-climbing wall, RipCord and the ship’s mascot – a 33 foot magenta coloured bear!

Trivia

Quantum of the Seas was the first cruise ship in the world to have a ride which actually takes you over a third higher than the cruise ship height itself! The NorthStar ride, located on the top deck, aft-midships takes passengers in a small pod high above the sea up to a height of 92m, giving amazing 360 degree views from around and allowing you to see the ship, the sea and ports in a totally unique way!



Ship info

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
Status: In service
Ship size: Resort Ship
Ship class: Quantum
Sister ships:
Passengers: 4,180
Staterooms: 2,090
Total crew: 1,500
Ship length: 347.1 m
Ship beam: 41.4 m
Ship draft: 8.8 m
Tonnage: 168,666
No. of decks: 18
Elevators: 16
Service speed: 22.0 knots
Onboard currency: US Dollar
Registry port: Nassau (Bahamas)
IMO number: 9549463
Call sign: C6BH8
 

Build details

Shipyard: Meyer Werft, Germany
Build date: August 2013
Build cost: Approx $935 million USD
Entered service: November 2014


 

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