Quantum-class cruise ship

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Quantum of the Seas Exterior from 4-16-2013 keynote.jpg
Artist's rendering of Quantum of the Seas
Class overview
Builders: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany [1]
Operators: Royal Caribbean International
Preceded by: Oasis class
Built: 2012-2016 (planned) [1]
In service: November 2014 (planned)
Building: 2
Planned: 3
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 167,800 GT[2]
Length: 348 m (1,142 ft)[3]
Beam: 41 m (135 ft)[3]
Draught: 8.5 m (28 ft)[2]
Decks: 18[4] (16 passenger-accessible)[2]
Propulsion:

Diesel-electric
Two 20.5 MW (27,500 hp) ABB Azipod XO thrusters[5]

Four 3,500 kW (4,694 hp) bow thrusters[2]
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)[3]
Capacity:

4,180 passengers (double occupancy)[2]

4,905 passengers (maximum occupancy)[2]

Quantum class is the name for an upcoming class of cruise ships from Royal Caribbean International, previously known by the code name Project Sunshine. The Quantum-class ships will surpass the earlier Freedom-class ships by a mere 13,000 GT, becoming the second largest class of passenger ships behind Royal Caribbean International's Oasis class ships on a gross tonnage basis.[1] The first two ships of this class, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, are expected to be delivered in November 2014 and April 2015, respectively.[1][6][7] A third unnamed ship is expected to be delivered mid-2016.[8]

Quantum of the Seas will spend its inaugural 2014-2015 season sailing from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J., before repositioning to China in May 2015. Beginning late June 2015, the ship will sail three- to eight-night itineraries year-round from Shanghai to Japan and Korea. Anthem of the Seas will spend its inaugural 2015 season sailing from Southampton, England before repositioning to Cape Liberty in November 2015.[9] As of April 2014, no ports or itineraries have been announced for the third Quantum-class ship.

History[edit]

On February 11, 2011, Royal Caribbean announced that they had ordered the first of a new class of ships from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany scheduled to be delivered by Fall 2014. At the time, the project was code-named "Project Sunshine".[10] Later that year, two 20.5-megawatt ABB Azipod XO propulsion units were ordered for that ship.[5] On February 29, 2012 the company announced that a second "Project Sunshine" ship had been ordered and would be delivered by Spring 2015,[11] and ordered identical Azipod propulsion units shortly thereafter.[5] Just under a year later, on January 31, 2013, steel cutting for the first ship began with a silhouette of the ship being cut by the lasers. The same day, Royal Caribbean announced the official name of the new class of ships, Quantum Class, as well as the names of the first two ships in the class, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas.[1][6] These names were among a series of names that Royal Caribbean had filed for trademarks on in late 2012, including Passion of the Seas, Vantage of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, and the Pulse of the Seas (these other trademarks were abandoned as of January 2014).[12] Details on the major features of Quantum of the Seas were announced on April 16, 2013.[13] On May 30, 2013, Royal Caribbean announced that they had signed a contract with Meyer Werft for a third Quantum-class ship for delivery mid-2016 and that an option exists for a fourth ship, although as of March 2014 that option has not been exercised.[8]

Design[edit]

Staterooms[edit]

Quantum-class ships will have 16 passenger-accessible decks, 8 of which will feature balcony staterooms overlooking the ocean. Like the Celebrity Solstice class, those staterooms above the life boats will be recessed into the superstructure and won't look down directly at the ocean. There will be a total of 2,090 staterooms: 1,570 balcony staterooms, 147 ocean-view staterooms, and 373 inside staterooms. Of those staterooms, 34 will be wheelchair accessible and 28 will be studio staterooms for single travelers (including 12 studio staterooms with balconies). All aft-facing staterooms will be a 2-story "loft" suites. Expanding on the "Virtual Porthole" concept introduced by Disney Cruise Line on the Disney Dream, all the interior staterooms will feature a floor-to-ceiling 80-inch high-definition TV screen showing live views from the outside of the ship, which Royal Caribbean calls a "Virtual Balcony". On average, staterooms on the Quantum class will be 9 percent larger than those on the preceding Oasis class.[2][14][15][16]

Activities[edit]

Like the earlier Freedom and Oasis-class ships, the "Sports Court" on deck 15 aft will feature a Wave Loch Flowrider surf simulator and a rock-climbing wall.[17] A new feature on the Quantum-class is "RipCord by iFLY", a skydiving simulator set in a recirculating indoor recreational vertical wind tunnel.[18] Reservations for RipCord will be able to be made online in advance of the cruise. All the features of the Sports deck are complimentary, although Royal Caribbean will charge for pictures and videos taken of RipCord participants.[16]

The "NorthStar" observation tower, located at the forward end of the top deck, will use a 7.1-tonne (7.8-short-ton) glass-walled capsule on the end of a 41-meter-long (135 ft) crane arm to lift groups of up to 14 guests up and over the edge of the ship, reaching heights of up to 300 feet above sea level. Rides on the NorthStar will be complimentary and on a first-come, first-served basis, with the exception of sunrise, sunset, and private trips which will have a charge and can be reserved online in advance.[16][19][20]

Deck 14 will feature an outdoor pool with a large video screen, an indoor pool with a retractable roof, an indoor "Solarium" with an adults-only pool, the "H2O Zone" kids' water park, and at least 4 whirlpools.[4][15] Other included features that have become standard on recent Royal Caribbean ships include a Spa and Fitness Center on decks 15 and 16, the "Adventure Ocean" kids club on decks 11 and 12, a Broadway-style "The Royal Theater" on decks 3-5, and a Casino on deck 3. Unlike the earlier Voyager, Freedom, and Oasis class, Quantum-class ships will not feature a Viking Crown Lounge or ice skating rink, and the Royal Promenade mall down the center of the ship will not be featured in its traditional form.[15][16]

The ships will also feature a number of multi-purpose venues:[4]

Two70°[edit]

Two70° is a lounge on decks 5-7 at the stern of the ship, which will feature three-story-high 270-degree panoramic ocean views, a café, and an ice bar. Automatic window shades can cover the windows to limit the amount of sunlight entering, and a 13-projector projection mapping system can project live views from outside the ship onto those screens.[21] At night, movable furniture and retractable dividers and chandeliers allow the space to be reconfigured to be used as a performance venue for a nouveau-cirque-style show or as a disco.[22] Both nighttime uses will take advantage of the projection system and 5 robotically controlled 100-inch LCD television screens to provide digital backdrops.[15][23]

SeaPlex[edit]

Located at the middle of deck 15, the SeaPlex will be a large indoor gym with a full-size basketball court that can be converted into a dance floor, a flying trapeze school, a roller-skating arena, or a bumper cars ride.[17] The "SeaPlex" also features the SeaPlex Dog House food truck and table tennis, air hockey and foosball tables on a second-level mezzanine.[16]

The Music Hall[edit]

The Music Hall will be a 2-story lounge on decks 3 and 4 that also serves as a nightclub and small music performance venue.[4] The Music Hall will feature the self-leveling pool tables first seen on the Radiance-class ships.[24]

Dining[edit]

Unlike previous Royal Caribbean ships, Quantum-class ships will not have a main dining room, nor will they have an option for traditional cruise dinners where passengers have the same table and servers each night.[25] Instead, these ships will use a Dynamic Dining concept similar to the Freestyle concept used on Norwegian Cruise Line, with guests being required to make reservations for their choice of restaurant for each night in advance.[26] Each venue will maintain the same menu and staff throughout the cruise.[27]

Complimentary[edit]

There are five complimentary main restaurants (four of which are available to all passengers):[25]

Other smaller complimentary dining venues include:[25]

  • The Café @ Two70° — Made-to-order sandwiches and salads, similar to the Park Café on other Royal Caribbean ships (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).[33]
  • Café Promenade — Sandwiches and pastries (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).[34]
  • SeaPlex Dog HouseHot dogs and sausages, similar to the Boardwalk Dog House on other Royal Caribbean ships (lunch and dinner).[35]
  • Solarium Bistro (complimentary at breakfast only)[36]
  • Sorrentos Pizza (lunch and dinner)[37]
  • Windjammer Marketplace — Complimentary buffet (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Includes a new The Grill area, which is open 24-hours and featurs all-day breakfast, cheese steak sandwiches, rotisserie chicken, and other food items.[38]

Additional fee[edit]

There are several smaller dining concepts debuting on the Quantum class that will be available to passengers for an additional fee:[25]

  • Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver (lunch and dinner)[39]
  • Michael's Genuine Pub — À la carte gastropub from chef Michael Schwartz (lunch and dinner).[40]
  • Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine (dinner only)[41]

Other additional-fee restaurants available on the Quantum class that are also offered on previous Royal Caribbean ships are:[25]

Ships[edit]

Ship Status Enters service
with Royal Caribbean
Gross tonnage Home Port Notes
Quantum of the Seas Under Construction (Final block placed April 2014)[46] November 23, 2014 (Planned) 167,800 Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, New Jersey and Shanghai, China[47] Will sail year-round from China[48]
Anthem of the Seas Under Construction (Keel laid in November 2013)[49] Spring 2015 (Planned) 167,800 Southampton, England and Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, New Jersey[47]
TBA Contract signed Mid-2016 (Planned) 167,800 TBA

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