Quantum of the Seas to become Smarter!

quantum of the seas smartship

Technology is ubiquitous in today’s world, even on enormous ocean liners or trains, the control of technology is a must have these days.

Royal Caribbean Cruise International have decided to implement many modern innovations on their new ship, the Quantum of the Seas known in the industry as the first SMART ship.

The 4,180 passenger vessel that spans 18 decks is scheduled to debut in November 2014. The ship will offer plenty of firsts including a skydiving simulator, a 30-foot rock-climbing wall and a gem-shaped glass capsule named the ‘North Star’, which provides unobstructed views in 360-degrees at 300 feet above sea level.

RCCL announced this innovative technology program onboard the Quantum of the Seas at a media event in Germany. Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. reinforced that “Cruise holidays have a romantic past – but they also have a lively, adventurous, state-of-the-art future,” We were determined to take the best advances in modern technology, turn them into shipboard WOW and take the frustration out of the holiday.”

Here are some of the new features that passengers will find on this new ship:

SMART Check-in

The innovations begin before you can even step on the ship. Once a cruise has been booked and it is available online, passengers can then generate their documents, upload their own photographic ID and receive confirmation of any extras that have been added to the booking.

When arriving at the port of embarcation, waiting in a long queue will be a thing of the past and the guests can go directly to the ship in ten minutes or so with no additional papers or forms needed. In addition, passengers with Smartphone’s can track down their luggage in real time, from the terminal to the stateroom.

SMART Concierge

The RFID WOWband wristbands that will be provided to passengers when they first get onboard will offer a wide variety of services. With just a tap of the wrist, guests will be able to see a map of the ship, order goods and unlock their room and much more, all on a digital display.

On-Ship Apps

There are two applications provided onboard that will also improve service. These apps can be downloaded on the ship or from the App Store. Cruise Planner allows passengers to book items such as spa and dinner appointments in advance whereas the iQ system will allow cruise goers to keep in touch with what’s going on at home and see what’s going on with the day’s programme.

SMART Connect

For those that are bringing their own computer equipment like laptops, tablets or Smartphone’s, there is no need to worry. The Quantum of the Seas is going to boast perhaps the fastest connection at sea, with a blazing fast bandwidth connection. The connection is going to be provided via satellites owned by O3b Networks.

Access will be provided 24 hours a day and many features will be included. You can use the Seapod with the Quantum collection to play your XBOX Live on the ship with others.

BOT Crew Members

Even some members of the crew have gone techie. One interesting feature is the ‘Bionic Bar’, where passengers order drinks on tablets and actual robots are the mixologists. Robots are further used in Two70 with the Roboscreens. There are six Roboscreens in total and they depict different scenes, often merging or combining the video footage together.

Her inaugural voyage is an 8-night transatlantic voyage departing from Southampton on the 2nd of November.

Quantum of the Seas homeport will be at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey. She will be sailing on 7 to 12 night journeys to the Caribbean and the Bahamas up until spring of 2015. Afterwards, Quantum will call Shanghai her new home and will be doing 3 to 8 night sailings in China with ports of calls in Japan and Korea beginning in June 2015.

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Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

Recently Royal Caribbean released details about their plans for a new ‘super’ ship, Quantum of the Seas. This ship is planned to arrive in autumn 2014 and will then be followed by sister ship Anthem of the Seas in 2015. Quantum of the Seas is set to have room for more than 4,000 passengers, which will mean she is smaller than both Oasis and Allure of the Seas.

Quantum Exterior

Both Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas look set to be innovative, modern super liners with some exciting features that passengers will love.

There are plenty of facilities planned to keep both kids, and big kids, busy whilst on board. SeaPlex, a sporting and entertainment venue, is set to be the largest indoor activity space on a cruise ship. It will be home to a circus school complete with a trapeze, roller skating rink, basketball and volleyball courts, and will even have bumper cars!

Quantum Seaplex

Quantum of the Seas is set to present the first skydiving simulation experience at sea. This will be a place where guests can experience the feeling of free fall whilst held aloft by a giant cushion of air. It will allow passengers to enjoy the adrenaline rush of skydiving in a safe and controlled environment. Perfect for any thrill seeker!

There are also elaborate plans for a glass capsule named North Star that will take guests more than 300 feet above the ship and over the sea to enjoy the views off the side. It sounds like quite the experience for anyone who isn’t afraid of heights!

Quantum North Star

Alongside all of these exciting new features, passengers will still be able to enjoy all of the standard Royal Caribbean features they will have come to expect. There will be the typical adult only solarium, outdoor pools, an indoor pool with retractable roof, a childrens aqua park, rock climbing wall and the surf simulator, FlowRider that is always a favourite with guests.

Guests will still find their old favourites on board like the rock climbing wall and the FlowRider, an adults-only Solarium, along with an outdoor pool, a new indoor pool with sliding domed roof and a H2O Zone kids’ aqua park. The ship will also provide the most flexible dining options and more specialty restaurants than ever before.

Quantum Solarium

Quantum’s staterooms are set to be almost 10% bigger than the ones on board both Oasis and Allure of the Seas. There will be 8 decks with balcony staterooms overlooking the ocean.

Quantum Balcony

all images courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruises

There will also be single cabins for solo travellers, some of which will have balconies. All interior staterooms are set to be equipped with ‘Virtual Balconies’ – floor to ceiling TV screens showing live views from the outside of the ship.