The world’s first ‘smart ship’ is officially under Royal Caribbean’s control, after Quantum of the Seas was signed over to the line this week.
German shipyard, Meyer Werft Yard officially signed over the ship to chief executive Richard D. Fain during a signing ceremony in Southampton, UK.
Following the event, the ship welcomed its first guests as it commenced its inaugural voyage across the Atlantic to her first home port of Cape Liberty in New Jersey.
During her inaugural season, Quantum will make regular trips from New York to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
In May next year she will depart for Asia, where she will spend a season sailing on itineraries from Shanghai in China.
Dubbed the world’s most technologically advanced ship, Quantum guests will have access to internet that’s 500 times faster than any other cruise ship.
She has robots in the Bionic Bar that make guests cocktails and the Two70 social space has robots dancing with large, flat screen televisions.
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It’s the largest indoor active space, which transforms throughout the day and night to offer different types of activities.
The SeaPlex features the first bumper cars at sea, a roller skating rink, a full sized basketball court and a circus school where guests can learn to trapeze and juggle. There’s also SeaPods – a live global video gaming suite where guests can enjoy Xbox Live and compete with other gamers worldwide.
A transformational room that fuses technology with dancers and music to produce first of its kind entertainment on a cruise ship.
During the day, the room is made up of floor-to-ceiling windows that offer 270-degree views outside the ship.
At night, the windows become part of the backdrop for live performance, with 18 projectors over 100 feet wide and 20 feet tall placed against the windows converting the space into any scene.
Additionally, the room has six seven-feet-high moving Roboscreens controlled by robotic arms that twist, soar and unite as one for an imaginative and original digital production.
Main shows in the room include Starwater – a 55-minute theatrical spectacle where video, lighting, sound and special effects are combined with live performers, including dancers, singers, aerialists and musicians; and virtual concerts.
Place your drink order via a tablet and the robot serves you your cocktail. It sounds like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, but Royal Caribbean is bringing it to life on Quantum.
The Bionic Bar has two robotic arms that will mix, shake and add a lemon to drinks before serving them to guests.
The relatively new technology has its limits, and according to the line the robots will only be able to make a limited number of drinks.
$5 million art collection
Don’t be surprised when you walk onto the top deck of Quantum and find a 30-foot-tall magenta polar bear staring down at you.
The gigantic bear is part of a $5 million art collection onboard themed ‘What Makes Life Worth Living’.
As well as the bear (made up of 1,340 stainless steel triangles and weighing eight-tonnes), the collection also includes a wall of 210 butterflies.
Royal Caribbean launched its new ‘Dynamic Dining’ concept aboard Quantum, which gives cruisers more dining options.
Instead of the traditional dining hall, the ship has five main dining rooms, each serving a different style of food.
- American Icon Grill, a take on the classic American road trip, pulling together best-loved regional favourites into one comfort-style menu.
- Chic, where the height of contemporary cuisine is realized and the freshest ingredients, such as proteins that pack a punch and sauces made from scratch, are evolved for a modern palate.
- Silk, a vibrant and exotic destination where the spices of the Far East bring new flavour to adventurous palates through a Pan-Asian menu.
- The Grande, a luxuriant nod to a bygone era of classic European ocean liners when dining was a time-honoured ritual, featuring timeless dishes, and where every night is formal night.
- Coastal Kitchen, a concept created exclusively for suite guests, fusing Mediterranean influences with the unmatched riches of California’s bountiful farmlands.
Popular UK chef, Jamie Oliver has his first restaurant at sea aboard Quantum called ‘Jamie’s Italian’. The venue serves authentic Italian dishes including homemade Antipasti Planks, sardine bruschetta, pastas and lamb.
Other specialty restaurants onboard include Wonderland – where Royal Caribbean chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes to invent a dreamscape of never-before-seen fare; Michael’s Genuine Pub – offering simply-prepared food and drinks created by chef Michael Schwartz; and Devinly Decadence at Solarium Bistro – serving the foods you love under five-hundred calories.
Non-stop entertainment and activities
From rock climbing to surfing, Royal Caribbean’s fun attitude is evident all around the ship.
For the ultimate view at sea, head to the North Star – a jewel shaped capsule, which is connected to a robotic arm that takes guests 300 feet above sea level for a 360-degree view around the ship.
Quantum also has Royal Caribbean’s signature rock climbing wall and FlowRider – a surf simulator at sea.
Meanwhile, the Royal Theater will also host the full theatrical version of the smash hit musical Mamma Mia!
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