Yesterday we spilled the beans. At least, most of the beans including the largest beans. Take a moment if you will and check out the press release for Quantum of the Seas.
Before I comment on some of the features of our next beautiful baby, I should mention we hosted a marvelous event at the IAC Headquarters building in Manhattan yesterday morning to deliver our news in person to the media, member of our Travel Agent Advisory Board, selected Crown & Anchor Society members, representatives of our marketing partners (DreamWorks, Starbucks, Coca Cola, Fisher Price, etc.) and a few select others. Congratulations to Lisa Bauer, Tracy Quan and their teams for orchestrating an outstanding launch event for Quantum of the Seas.
Quantum of the Seas has some truly notable WOW features consistent with the very high expectations that our customers have of us. On top of the ship there are two industry firsts that extend the Royal Caribbean tradition that encompasses the Rock Wall, the Flowrider and the Zipline and other inspirations. One is the North Star, a “jewel-like capsule” (I have seriously been instructed to say that!) that elevates our guests to more than 300 feet above sea level and move them around far above the top deck for memorable views of the water and our destinations.
The other standout feature visible on top of the ship is RipCord by iFly®. This sky diving wind tunnel, which exists in a couple dozen venues on the land, simulates the feeling of sky diving to such a degree that even precision military skydiving teams regularly use such facilities to practice their craft. I tried this out in Orlando during our decision making process and found it to be a blast. Imagine, you’re on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean having a great time while not actually touching a solid surface for a minute or more at a time.
Inside the ship there are some real gems. One of them is Two70°, an unprecedented architectural space featuring a huge expanse of glass and lots of ways to enjoy oneself day and night. The ocean views while the sun is shining will give way in the evening to state of the art performances that will turn Two70° into just about anything the entertainment team wants it to be.
Another WOW is the SeaPlex. We have taken some of our favorite action-oriented spaces from other recent ship classes and brought them indoors. This is where basketball and soccer will take place, but also bumper cars (yes, bumper cars!) a circus school and roller skating. We have also designed SeaPlex in such a way that at night it will be a first of its kind dance party venue with a DJ booth that hovers above the revelers. Lest anyone worry, yes there is still table tennis.
My comments here barely begin to do justice to Quantum of the Seas, but one has to start somewhere. There is still more news to come about culinary and entertainment options and much more. I will say we are very excited about the staterooms, especially the Family Connected Staterooms offering new configurations to benefit our rapidly growing multigenerational family guests. Also, the Virtual Balconies in our inside staterooms have to be seen to be appreciated. We are so excited about the Virtual Balconies that we cannot wait for Quantum of the Seas and are going to begin to install them on Navigator of the Seas when she is revitalized in January, 2014.
Royal Caribbean International, the brand that is Designed for WOW, is proud to bring you these innovations on our next new ship. Stay tuned for 18 months of news as we count down to delivery.