Royal Caribbean has introduced their much-anticipated newest additions to their fleet – the 167,800-ton Quantum of the Seas and its sister ship, Anthem of the Seas. The ships, mega-resorts at sea, span 16 decks with 2,090 staterooms for 4,180 passengers. Quantum of the Seas will set sail this November and Anthem of the Seas will set sail in April 2015.
With these ships, Royal Caribbean has designed some of the most eye-popping and innovative features ever seen on a cruise ship, including RipCord by iFly, a sky-diving simulator, SeaPlex, an indoor sports complex with bumper cars and roller skating, and the North Star, a thrill ride that will carry people 300 feet into the sky in a glass pod for 360° views.
The new Two70° is a transformational space that morphs from day to night. During the day, it will be an open area living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that span 2 ½ decks. At night, it transforms and becomes a venue for performance art, light shows, and digital scenery.
The ship’s signature entertainment venue is the futuristic Two70°. It will feature Vistarama, a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows for digital shows and six Roboscreens controlled by robotic arms.
The main shows will include “Starwater”, an original production of video mapping, special effects and human artistry, and “Virtual Concert”, a world-class concert featuring premier musicians, groups and bands. Royal Caribbean is claiming it will be “a virtual experience as impressive as the real thing.”
The 1,300-guest Royal Theater will feature “Sonic Odyssey,” a show conceived and inspired by musician William Close. The show will feature a nine-piece live orchestra with singers, dancers, aerialists and gymnasts.
And for the late-night revelers, Music Hall is a live music venue featuring tribute bands that pay homage to The Beatles, Bee Gees, Journey, Bon Jovi and more. The audience can dance and drink during the show and until the wee hours of the morning.
Gone are the days of the main dining room and assigned seating. Instead, Royal Caribbean is introducing what it is calling “Dynamic Dining”. Passengers will have a choice of 18 eateries with the largest full-service restaurants seating only 434 guests. They also plan to implement a new “smart” system that will allow passengers to make dining reservations.
One of the new venues, Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, challenges the chefs to create fantasy gourmet dinners and “magical” elixirs. Wonderland’s menu is broken down by elements like Earth, Fire, Ice and Dreams. Other venues include Izumi, Sorrento’s, Americon Icon, and the SeaPlex Dog House, the first food truck at sea.
Both ships will also showcase celebrity chefs in smaller specialty restaurants. British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will operate his first at-sea eatery, Jamie’s Italian; while James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, will have a shipboard pub, Michael’s Genuine Pub. Devlin Alexander, the chef on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, has created a healthy menu for the new Devinly Decadence.
FAMILIES STAY CONNECTED
With Quantum and Anthem, Royal Caribbean is introducing Family Connected staterooms. These staterooms allow guests to connect adjoining rooms to give families a larger central living area, while still providing private spaces.
All of the staterooms and suites have been designed with luxury and comfort in mind, along with innovative storage. The two-story Loft Suites have expansive views, private dining area, and a dedicated concierge.
HOME PORTS AND SCHEDULES
Quantum of the Seas is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage in November. It will sail out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J., until May 2015 when it heads to its new home port in Shanghai, China. Beginning in late June 2015, Quantum will operate three- to eight-night itineraries year-round from Shanghai to Japan and Korea.
Anthem of the Seas will sail out of Southampton beginning in April 2015 through October 2015 when it will move to its new home port of Cape Liberty. For the 2015-16 winter season, Anthem will sail seven- to 12-night round-trips to the Bahamas and throughout the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean.
If you’re interested in booking a cruise on the Quantum or Anthem, please contact us for complete itineraries, dates, and pricing.