|Posted by RCI fans on October 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
With just over a week to go until the first fare-paying passengers embark Quantum of the Seas in Southampton on November 2nd, Royal Caribbean have finally released the full deck plans for their latest cruise ship.
Fans of Royal Caribbean International will be glad to know that not a single 'More To Come' rectangle remains on the plans and with the new deck plans released, some more unknown features have been revealed.
Quantum of the Seas has plenty of shops on board including famous brands such as; Kielh's beauty products, Michael Kors, Cartier and TAG Heuer.
The 'Royal Promenade' will not be found on board the Quantum class. Instead the 'Royal Esplanade' will be home to all the main shops and eateries.
A new addition on board is the La Patisserie, serving coffees and pastries in the French tradition.
Guests favourites such as, Bolero's, Cafe Promenade, Sorrento's and the Schooner Bar can all still be found aboard.
Towards the aft of the ship on Deck 5 is 'The Via' a continuation from the 'Royal Esplanade' which features more elegent boutiques and dining venues. This is where Jamie's Italian can be found as well as Vintages and the art gallery. Also found along 'The Via' is a 'Bvlgari' store as well as a 'Hublot' shop - One of the best Swiss watchmakers in the world.
'The Via' then leads onto the spectacular 'Two70' venue, which also includes a cafe, the library and the 'Workshop' - A dedicated room for arts and crafts, such as jewelry making and scrapbooking.
To view the new deck plans, click here.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
With Quantum of the Seas' delivery date fast approaching, Royal Caribbean have released the name of its 3rd Quantum-class vessel.
The first steel-cutting for Ovation of the Seas took place today and the ship will launch in Autumn 2016.
Ovation of the Seas, was one of the 6 names Royal Caribbean trademarked back in January 2013. These also included Anthem of the Seas, Passion of the Seas, Pulse of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and Vantage of the Seas.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
1. Virtual Balconies - If given the choice between having a balcony or inside stateroom, the majority of people would choose a balcony. However for a lot of people this may be out of their price range. Thankfully Royal Caribbean have come up with a solution – bring the balcony inside. These new-concept staterooms feature a floor to ceiling video wall which plays a live feed from a camera mounted on the outside of the ship!
2. Dynamic Dining - The concept of eating when you want, where you want was first pioneered by Norwegian Cruise Lines, but in true Royal Caribbean style, they've taken it to the next level. For one of the first times ever, they'll be no main dining room, instead 4 large individual venues specialising in various cuisine, including Asian, American, Contemporary and Formal.
3. Speciality Restaurants - Speaking of dining options, Quantum of the Seas will offer some of the most diverse and largest options afloat. The ship will feature “Wonderland” serving unusual, imaginative and not-so-traditional food! Suite guests will be able to dine in their own private restaurant. There will also still be all the Royal Caribbean favourites such as Chops Grille and Izumi.
4. SeaPlex - This multi-purpose complex features bumper cars, roller skating, a circus school with flying trapeze, basketball court, badminton and table tennis. There's pretty much nothing you can't do here – There's even a DJ booth which lowers down from the ceiling!
5. Ripcord by iFly - Your friends may not believe you when you return from your cruise saying you went skydiving on a cruise ship! Ripcord by iFly allows you to experience the thrill of skydiving in safe and controlled way.
6. North Star - If you're afraid of heights, this feature may be one to miss. A glass capsule, inspired by the London Eye, elevates you 300 feet above the sea, giving you perfect views of the sea and ship below!
7. Two70 - Quantum of the Seas is all about delivering the WOW and when I saw this venue for the first time, that is exactly what I said. Another multi-purpose venue, this entertainment lounge is located at the very aft of the ship and features giant 3-storey windows offering a 270° view! This lounge is also home to spectacular aerial acrobat shows during the evening and the windows magically turn into a video wall offering moving backdrops. If that isn't enough technological marvel, then giant robotic arms with several 100-inch screens will move in time with music and choreography during shows! WOW!
8. Mamma Mia! - Royal Caribbean has always been known for its amazing entertainment. Hairspray*, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever and CATS* are performed on select ships in the fleet and are all full Broadway productions. Mamma Mia will feature on board Quantum, which will surely have guests 'super-trouping' in the aisles!
9. Celebrity Chefs - Quantum will feature 2 celebrity chef restaurants, Michael Schwartz's “Michael's Genuine Pub” serving up traditional pub fare, and “Jamie's Italian” by Jamie Oliver.
10. Music Hall - This stylish and sophisticated venue, transports you back to the days when Rock and Roll and Swing was king! This is the perfect place to dance and listen to live music by resident musicians and acts.
So what are you most looking forward to on Quantum of the Seas?
Michael Poole (@mpoole3) says he's most excited about being in total control of his dining experience.
Millie Sloan thinks there is so much to do on there, She'd look forward to just being on the ship!
Leave a comment about the thing you can't wait to see on board Quantum of the Seas! There are still so many other features we haven't mentioned.
*CATS will replace Hairspray on board Oasis of the Seas in October 2014.
|Posted by RCI fans on March 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean Fans has been shown exclusive details regarding Anthem of the Seas' dining options.
It seems Royal Caribbean mistakenly published new deck plans and information online, which has now been shared on Wikipedia.
The leaked information comes just a day before the reveal event in New York City.
Unlike current vessels in the fleet, there will be no main dining room, rather 4 large individual dining rooms specialising in different cuisines. "The Grand" will be a more formal venue, whereas for contemporary cuisine, guests can head to "Chic" For Asian cuisine, "Silk" is the place to dine.
Another restaurant expected to be popular is the "American Icon Grill" serving American comfort food.
For those guests wanting a more intimate experience, there will be several smaller dining venues, "Michael's Genuine Pub" will serve traditional pub fare from chef Michael Schwartz. "Jamies Italian" will serve italian dishes created by Jamie Oliver. Were still not quite sure what culinery surprises await us at the "Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine" restaurant, however taking a quick guess, the venue may serve unusual and not-so-traditional food! "Coastal Kitchen" will be a private restaurant for suite guests only, serving a mixture of Californian and Mediterranean dishes. "The Grill" is the perfect place to grab a snack, or an all-day breakfast, plus the venue is open 24-hours. It is currently not known if these venues will require a cover charge.
If some of these choices sound too much, then don't panic. Anthem of the Seas will still feature Royal Caribbean classics, including Sorrentos, Café Promenade, Chops Grille, Izumi, Chef's Table, Johnny Rockets and Windjammer Marketplace.
Also onboard will be the "Solarium Bistro", "The Café @ Two70°" (similar to the "Park Café" on other Royal Caribbean ships) and "SeaPlex Dog House" (similar to the "Boardwalk Dog House" on other Royal Caribbean ships)
|Posted by RCI fans on March 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean have been very quiet about the dining features on board Quantum of the Seas, but all that is about to change very shortly!
A special 'reveal' event is expected to be held on March 26th in New York City in front of the press and selected Diamond+ and Pinnacle members.
Royal Caribbean promised that Quantum of the Seas would have "the most flexible dining options and more specialty restaurants than ever before."
It is likely that Chops Grille and Giovanni's, both favourites with guests, will make a return to Quantum of the Seas. The ship will also see the addition of a new Mexican restaurant called Sabor, which debuted on Navigator of the Seas earlier this year.
There are also many rumors about a Celebrity chef restaurant on board.
|Posted by RCI fans on October 7, 2013 at 12:25 PM||comments (0)|
Former NFL lineback, Dhani Jones is set to tackle his biggest challenge to date, a 'Quantum Experience Advisor' for Sports and Fitness.
Dhani will create a game plan for active cruising onboard Quantum of the Seas. Dhani Jones, will join interior designer Geneviere Gorder and several other advisors to offer their expertise in the building of Quantum of the Seas.
“Mixing an active lifestyle with a zest for life comes naturally for Dhani Jones, whose passion for exploring the world has taken him from the sports field to countless countries around the globe,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, executive vice president, operations, Royal Caribbean International. “We’re thrilled to draft Dhani as our latest partner to help us take on all things sports and fitness onboard Quantum of the Seas.”
Secretly working undercover since June 2013, Jones has been lending his expertise on the latest active trends and providing fresh ideas for Quantum’s SeaPlex, the largest sports and entertainment complex at sea – which will feature first-at-sea innovations such as bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school, complete with a flying trapeze.
Dhani Jones, a former National Football League player for 11 seasons, is also known for his off-the-field adventures. Starring in his own Travel Channel show in the U.S., ‘Dhani Tackles the Globe,’ the self-proclaimed adventurer participated in many of the world’s games. From Rugby to Sambo, Jones immersed himself in each culture and learned how athletes around the world compete in their favourite sports.
“I’m having a phenomenal time working with Royal Caribbean International as a Quantum Experience Advisor,” said Jones. “It’s giving me the opportunity to demonstrate my passion for sports, travel, fitness and adventure, and draw on my own experiences travelling the globe to contribute ideas that will bring good fitness and good fun to Quantum of the Seas.”
|Posted by RCI fans on September 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM||comments (0)|
Steve Williams, head of UK sales at Royal Caribbean International has hinted to us that big announcements, regarding the Quantum class ships will be made in the next couple of months.
Speaking at the CRUISE Show 2013 in Birmingham, Steve informed rcifans.com that we should expect some huge announcements to be made, in the next couple of months.
We continued to probe Steve, regarding the recent rumour about Anthem of the Seas coming to Southampton, however he cheekily smiled and said "I can't possibly say."
As to what these announcements may be, we simply do not know. However, with very little known about the dining and entertainment onboard the Quantum class ships, Royal Caribbean will have to announce these details in the not so distant future.
|Posted by RCI fans on August 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
Just before the keel-laying ceremony for Quantum of the Seas, sister ship Anthem of the Seas had her first steel-cutting at the Meyer Werft laser centre.
Image: Meyer Werft
Adam Goldstein, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean commented "Today is a very special day in the development of our new Quantum class, as we are now two steps closer to delighting guests around the world with Quantum cruising. It's incredibly rewarding to see Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas coming together well, and today we not only honor those two very important milestones, but we also regonize the years of hard work and dedication from the team developing these ships."
Anthem of the Seas' delvery date is scheduled for spring 2015.
|Posted by RCI fans on August 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean and Meyer Weft helped celebrate the keel-laying of their brand new 167,800GT vessel, Quantum of the Seas.
Photo: Meyer Werft
Royal Caribbean's Executive Vice President Maritime, Harri Kulovaara, put down the lucky penny, a maritime tradition, before the block was lowered into place.
Quantum of the Seas will comprise of 74 giant blocks. The first block weighs in at 430 tons.
The keel-laying ceremony marks the official start of construction for the Quantum of the Seas. She will be the biggest ship ever to be constructed at the yard.
Quantum of the Seas will launch in November 2014 accomodating 4,180 guests.
Prior to the keel-laying ceremony, the first steel-cutting of Anthem of the Seas took place at Meyer Werft's laser centre. For more details click here.
|Posted by RCI fans on July 8, 2013 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
A firm specialising in truck-mounted cranes and cargo-handling machinerary for ships, has been given the task of buiding Quantum of the Seas' North Star.
North Star's 7.1 tonne viewing capsule will be lifted by an electro/hydraulically-driven MacGregor slewing crane with an outreach of 41 m.
The pod will be able to accommodate 14 guests and one crew member and will be fitted with a stabilizing system that will ensure that it remains level with the vessel's deck and will also decrease the capsule movements, providing a comfortable ride for the guests.
"We are the first crane supplier involved in anything like this type for a cruise ship," says Jonas Hägglund, MacGregor Sales Manager. "Safety is paramount, and the operator needed a crane supplier that would not only deliver the highest safety standards, but also proven, reliable technology for the North Star guest experience."
The system is designed for 100 percent redundancy with two separate power units, each large enough to drive the crane in reduced speed mode; it will also be provided with a diesel-driven emergency power pack. Additional safety features include automatic cut outs and safety valve overload protection on all crane motions.
Mr. Hägglund also added, "All crane movements will be smooth and immediate, with stepless speed control, essential for this type of guest experience. It is also important that the experience is as quiet as possible, so the main power pack will be rubber-suspended to minimize vibrations and noise transmission; the crane housing will also be isolated to minimize noise."
Quantum of the Seas will set sail in November 2014 and cruise out of New Jersey. MacGregor will also provide the crane for Anthem of the Seas, which will debut in 2015.