Redefining the cruising experience and creating quite a buzz in the nautical world, Royal Caribbean’s recently debuted Quantum of the Seas is nothing short of a majestically luxurious floating mega-resort. At 1,141 feet long, Quantum of the Seas is the first in Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum class of vessels and can comfortably accommodate up to 4,905 guests. Touted as the world’s first smartship, Quantum of the Seas is the most high-tech cruise ship yet, boasting the fastest internet speeds at sea using a new generation of mid-Earth orb satellites and innovative technology. And keeping in tune with the times, the new Royal iQ app allows you to track luggage, book shore excursions, make dining reservations and secure a seat for one of the enthralling shows offered at The Royal Theater and the two-story Music Hall. If you leave your room key behind, rest assured your provided wristbands can open stateroom doors and allow you to charge onboard purchases. You can even use it to order a custom cocktail at the first ever Bionic Bar, where robotic arms prepare drinks while a DJ stationed nearby adds to the trendy cool vibe.
Upon entering the stately ship, it’s hard not to be impressed by the airy high ceilings and the ship’s sheer grandeur and modernity which is perfectly lavished with a $5-million, 3,000-piece art collection, including a strikingly extensive butterfly wall and on-board galleries. The muted earth tone carpets and dark woods are offset by glass and soft pastel accents and modern sophisticated designs. With so many activities and spaces to explore, this 16-deck floating city will certainly keep you entertained, even a week-long cruise might not be enough to take it all in. The first-ever-at-sea options such as RipCord by iFLY, a skydiving simulator as well as a 40-foot-long FlowRider surf simulator, must not be missed. One of Quantum’s most striking features is the unique North Star, a jewel-like glass observation capsule suspended from a giant crane-like arm that lifts you 300 feet above sea level, offering 360-degree panoramic views of the ocean. A visit to SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea, will keep you busy for days and includes a trapeze, basketball court as well as bumper cars, roller skating and a food truck.
Packed full of an array of lounges, bars and restaurants to rival the biggest resorts of Las Vegas, Quantum offers an option for every possible kind of craving. Their “dynamic dining” is a new concept that allows for more options and flexibility, moving away from large-scale dining rooms with set dining times in favor of 18 smaller but distinct dining experiences: from Silk, a pan-Asian concept to The Grande, a more formal classic European establishment, to American Icon Grill which features regional comfort food to the more traditional buffet, Windjammer Marketplace. Food connoisseurs should reserve a table at one of Quantum’s signature restaurants that require an additional fee and feature celebrity chefs and new concepts such as: Michael’s Genuine Pub, from Miami’s Michael Schwartz, British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Italian creations, and Biggest Loser chef Devin Alexander’s health conscious menu at Devinly Decadence.
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