After hard times for the cruise ship industry with numerous disasters including outbreaks of illness and luxury liner crashes, Royal Caribbean is fighting back against all the odds to draw customers back on board.
They announced yesterday that they will be bringing in a whole new range of features on their line of Quantum ships, including a series of what they are calling ‘firsts at sea’ such as a brand new capsule ride, the North Star, which transports guests more than 300 feet above sea level over the edge of the boat; a skydiving experience for beginners and seasoned skydivers within a simulated environment; and updated staterooms.
Richard D. Fain, the chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises stated that “the unique features on Quantum will boggle our guests’ mind, but the real strength of the design is how our people have integrated all these diverse components to create a comfortable and exciting experience.”
The highly anticipated details of the brand new ships such as the SeaPlex sporting and entertainment venue and Two70 multi-level room with floor to ceiling glass walls were announced alongside changes to the staterooms. Every room, even the internal ones, will have a ‘view’ due to the introduction of the ‘virtual balcony’. This is managed through an 80 inch LED screen that will show views in real time of the world outside. There is also more comfortable accommodation for family and friends travelling together with family-connected staterooms with separate bathrooms and bedrooms that interconnect for time together and apart.
The Quantum ships will span 18 decks and have the capacity to carry more than 4000 guests in their 2090 staterooms. The first ship, Quantum of the Seas, will debut in the fall of 2014, followed closely by the sister ship, Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015.
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