Royal Caribbean has celebrated the maiden voyage of the Quantum of the Seas from Southampton on Sunday saying, “There's only one word that can possibly sum up our newest ship. WOW!”
A stay on board the new ship, said to be three times the size of the International Space Station and 11 times bigger than a blue whale, comes at the jaw-dropping price of roughly £1000 a night (about R17 690 at R17.69/£) - but you can expect a number of world firsts and extraordinary entertainment in return, according to the cruise operator.
“Newly designed staterooms, game-changing technology, ground-breaking venues” will help you take a "quantum leap forward" with the first ship in the Royal Caribbean Quantum class, the cruise line operator said on its website.
And while stunted plans for a new cruise terminal in Cape Town means it could be a while before South Africa sees the Quantum of the Seas birthing along its shores - here are some of the awesome amenities you can expect whether you are a golfer, gamer, grandma or geek planning to join from one of the ports scheduled in its global odyssey tour.
A first for cruise ships – the RipCord by iFly is a skydiving simulator that allows guests to get the sensation of skydiving without the risk of jump out of a plane at 10 000ft.
Featuring robot bartenders, they will be able to create your favourite cocktail concoction in mere seconds.
This glass-canopied, adults-only Solarium pool offers the ultimate relaxation with its whirlpools and light-fare café.
The North Star
This one-of-a-kind observation pod will give guest a panoramic view, some 300 feet above sea level, whether at sea or from the latest cosmopolitan port it happens to be docked in.
This gaming room literally is game-changing. Offering a circus school, full-size basketball court, and the first-ever roller rink and bumper cars at sea. Add to that guests can snack away from the first food-truck to ever set sail.
Quantum of the Seas by numbers:
- Weighs 168 666 gross tonnes
- 1 141 feet long
- Cruising speed: 22 knots
- Space for 4 905 guests in total and 1 500 crew
- 136 feet wide
- Four bow thrusters producing 4 694 horsepower each
- 2 090 staterooms (375 with virtual balconies)
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