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Cruising On Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas

Join Rick and Leslie as they take an incredible cruise on the Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line‘s newest ship.

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Royal Caribbean Building The World’s Largest Ship

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship is still under construction but its already making waves as the world’s largest cruise ship.


The Harmony of the Seas is currently being built at the STX shipyards in France near St. Nazaire. With the initial phase of exterior construction finished, the ship was floated out to the dry dock over the weekend to begin work on the interior.

When it’s done, it will have 16 decks, encompass 227,000 gross registered tons and measure over 1,187 feet—164 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.

According to Royal Caribbean, the ship will have seven neighborhoods, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone and and Youth Zone, with the capacity to carry over 5,400 and 2,747 staterooms.

Currently, Allure of the Seas, another Royal Caribbean cruise ship is the largest with a gross registered tons of 225,282.

Some 2500 people are at work building the ship, which will require 970,000 square feet of carpet and 132,000 gallons of paint.

Royal Caribbean is outfitting Harmony of the Seas with something for everyone, with 20 dining stations, the Bionic Bar with robot bartenders, multi-story water slides, two rock-climbing walls, zip lines, an ice skating rink, a full-size basketball court and a miniature golf course.

Harmony of the Seas will be based in Fort Lauderdale but the ship is scheduled to sail from Barcelona through the Western Mediterranean during the inaugural season. Starting November 2016, the ship will sail throughout the Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean Debuts New Shows for Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean will debut two shows onboard its newest Quantum-class cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas.


In addition to the Broadway musical, “We Will Rock You,” previously announced by the line, passengers on the ship will be treated to an original Royal Theater production show created specifically for Anthem of the Seas. Royal Caribbean describes “The Gift” as “a musical journey of fantasy and illusion that begins one stormy night with the arrival of a magical gift.”


The line also will debut a new show in Two70. “Spectra’s Cabaret” features “the Maestro and his Agents of Rhythm as they invite you to an electric multi-dimensional cabaret.” Like other Two70 shows, “Spectra’s Cabaret” blends live performances with pop music and digital imagery.


Royal Caribbean also revealed the date set for Anthem of the Sea’s float-out. Currently under construction at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg shipyard in Germany, Anthem will float out February 21 and undergo thruster and stabilizer tests in the shipyard’s harbor.


Anthem of the Seas will carry 4,180 passengers, will feature 16 passenger decks, and is scheduled for launch this April in Southampton. Like its sister ship Quantum of the Seas, Anthem will feature the North Star, a jewel-shaped glass capsule that rises 300 feet above sea level; RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator; and SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, with everything from bumper cars and roller skating, to video gaming and a circus school complete with a flying trapeze.

The ship will be based in Southampton during summer 2015, offering Mediterranean itineraries before redeploying to Cape Liberty in New Jersey where it will sail seven- to 12-night Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries beginning November 2015.

Royal Caribbean Officially Receives New Ship

Royal Caribbean International took delivery of the newest addition to the cruise line’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft Yard. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain and Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer attended the official signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.


With Captain Srecko “Felix” Ban at the helm, the ship will begin her journey today to Southampton, U.K., where she will welcome her first guests on November 2, for a trans-Atlantic voyage to her home port of Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, New Jersey.

Quantum of the Seas will sail from New York harbor to the Bahamas and the Caribbean for her inaugural season before departing for her new homeport of Shanghai (Baoshan), China, in May 2015. Sister-ship Anthem of the Seas will debut in Southampton in April 2015 and sail Mediterranean itineraries.


Quantum-class ships are the world’s most technologically advanced in the world with “boatloads of bandwidth” which allow the cruise line to offer unprecedented connectivity – 500 times more than any other cruise ship; easy-to-use systems that expand guest choices and simplify schedules, plus, RFID technology that speeds up the boarding process and allows guest to track their luggage every step of the way.


The ships offer new unprecedented features, such as RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea; the North Star, an engineering marvel that transports guests more than 300 feet above the ocean; SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; as well as the Bionic Bar powered by Makr Shakr which features the world’s first robotic bartenders.


The ships also showcase the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever, including the industry’s first-ever staterooms with Virtual Balconies, which offer expansive, real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations from every interior stateroom.


Quantum-class ships span 16 guest decks; encompass 167,800 gross registered tons; carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy; and feature 2,090 staterooms.

Here’s a simple infographic to help put it in better perspective –


Quantum of The Seas’ Amazing New Features

When Quantum of the Seas debuts this fall, it will be the most technologically advanced cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited Chairman and CEO Richard Fain revealed at a news conference Monday at the Meyer Werft shipyard where the vessel is being built.


“This ship’s combination of ease and flexibility would make a yoga instructor proud,” Fain said.

Fain and technology expert David Pogue, speaking to a group of journalists, unveiled a range of technological advances designed to improve the passenger experience, even before people board the ship.

Among the highlights of the announced technology enhancements:

Improved check-in and boarding process. In addition to the typical online check-in process, passengers can upload photo IDs ahead of their cruises. They’ll be issued digital boarding documents, which Royal Caribbean says will help them get on the ship in less than 10 minutes, with no lines and no forms to fill out when they arrive to port. Also, suitcases will be tagged with radio-frequency ID devices at port that will allow passengers to use their mobile devices to track their luggage en route to their cabins. The same devices will be used to allow for luggage tracking when passengers disembark.

Apps for better scheduling and onboard communication. Two new apps will help passengers plan the details of their cruises. Cruise Planner is designed to be used ahead of the sailing, giving passengers the opportunity to book spa appointments, shore excursions and dinner reservations from their mobile devices ahead of their sailings. Once onboard, passengers can use Royal iQ to keep track of their schedules. The daily Cruise Compass will also be available via Royal iQ, and passengers can pick activities to try out and be alerted if there are scheduling conflicts. Royal iQ will also allow passengers to communicate with one another while onboard Quantum of the Seas. Using Royal iQ’s scheduling features is free, but it will cost passengers a yet-undetermined fee to use the communication portion of the app. Passengers will also have the option to use RFID wristbands rather than the traditional keycard to gain entry to their cabins and make purchases onboard. The wristbands will cost $2 per person.

Super-fast Internet. Partnering with Ob3 Networks, Royal Caribbean has hooked into satellites that will allow passengers to experience Internet speeds akin to what they might find on shore: Fast enough, the company says, that passengers could watch streaming video, share vacation photos via social media and video conference with loved ones at home, options almost unheard of when it comes to Internet on cruise ships, which is notoriously slow.

Tablets for the crew. Royal Caribbean is giving Microsoft tablets to every crewmember on Quantum of the Seas, theirs to keep as well as use to better track passenger preferences. Crewmembers can also use the tablets to communicate with their families at home. The line will eventually give tablets to every shipboard employee fleetwide — 40,000 total.


Robot bartenders. While Royal Caribbean has revealed little about the bars and lounges on Quantum, today’s announcement provided a glimpse into at least one space, dubbed Bionic Bar. Here, passengers order cocktails via tablets, then watch as robots mix their drinks.

A green commitment. All lighting on Quantum of the Seas will come from LED or fluorescent lighting, and hallways will feature motion-sensitive lighting; when no one is around, the halls will dim, conserving energy. Cabins, too, will feature environmentally sound lighting systems.

Royal Caribbean‘s new ship debuts in November, when it sails from Southampton to Bayonne, New Jersey, where it will homeport for the winter before it moves to Shanghai. Fleetmate Anthem of the Seas, expected to be a near-twin, debuts in spring 2015 in Southampton and will homeport in Bayonne beginning next fall.

Royal Caribbean To Introduce ‘Dynamic Dining’

Royal Caribbean will roll out its flexible dining program to Oasis of the Seas next year — and possibly to the rest of its fleet.


The “Dynamic Dining” concept — which is being launched on its two newest ships Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas — marks the end of fixed time seating and main dining rooms and introduces flexible, multichoice dining.

The new program will give passengers a choice of 18 restaurants, of which seven will be fee-free for all guests: four full-service and three casual eateries. A new reservations system also will be used onboard so passengers can decide when, where and with whom they want to eat each night.


Royal Caribbean has not made an official announcement yet, but it was mentioned unofficially at the Quantum shipyard visit last week and tweeted by Royal Caribbean.

A Royal Caribbean spokesperson confirmed: “We have confirmation from head office in Miami that Dynamic Dining will be introduced on Oasis of the Seas in 2015. It was mentioned at the yard visit, however as yet no official announcements have been made.”

Quantum of the Seas makes its debut in the U.K. on October 31 this year before repositioning to Bayonne, New Jersey in November. The ship ultimately will be based in Shanghai, beginning spring 2015. Anthem of the Seas launches in April 2015 and will based in Southampton.

Royal Caribbean Reveals Ships for the Winter 2015-16 Season

Royal Caribbean International announced that Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, and Serenade of the Seas will sail the Caribbean from convenient Florida homeports for the winter 2015-16 season, which are now open for sale.

Allure of the Seas

The Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will offer vacationers still-matched Caribbean cruises in the 2015-16 winter season. Both ships will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and alternate a seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

Freedom of the Seas

Eastern Caribbean ports of call include Nassau, The Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten, while Western Caribbean ports include Falmouth, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and Labadee, Haiti.

Oasis of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas will continue its seventh consecutive year sailing from Port Canaveral along Florida’s Space Coast, alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary calls at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and CocoCay. The Western Caribbean itinerary calls at Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Cozumel and Labadee.

Serenade of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas will sail a 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries, roundtrip from Port Everglades. The 10-night itinerary calls at Tortola, St. Kitts, Dominica, Antigua and St. Maarten, with the Dec. 4, 2015, and Feb. 26, 2016, sailings replacing Dominica with Martinique. On the 11-night itinerary, guests will call at Aruba, Antigua, Barbados, Bonaire, Grenada and St. Lucia. A 12-night holiday sailing includes all the ports from the 11-night itinerary, plus calls at St. Thomas and Labadee. And a once-only, nine-night itinerary will call at the Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Key West, Fla.

The Best of Both Worlds

For many of my clients as their children are getting a little older, they have visited Orlando or California numerous times, but they don’t want to give up on going to the theme parks from some of their favorite Orlando or California destinations, they want just a little bit something different.

I am often asked by clients, “What vacation can me and my family take this year?”.  For many of my clients as their children are getting a little older, they have visited Orlando or California numerous times, but they don’t want to give up on going to the theme parks from some of their favorite Orlando or California destinations, they want just a little bit something different. Or maybe they want to take their family to see other parts of the world.   My answer is easy.  A land and sea package.

There are so many options! Some of the more popular Land and Sea packages include Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Universal and Sea World ending the journey on a world class ship sailing from popular ports such as Port Canaveral, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles.

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

It takes a little coordination, but, that is why you work with a Kingdom Magic Travel Planner.  They can customize your vacation and handle all the details.   Cruises have set sailing dates, where your land portion can be customized to meet your vacation time frame and desired experience.  You can choose between, 3, 4, and 7 night sailings and sometimes cruise lines will have a few 5 night sailings.  Then add your land portion around those dates.

Typically, families like to visit the Theme Parks first then head out to end their vacation aboard the ship.  This way they can get a little relaxation before heading back to their hectic schedules.  Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to do on the ships.  There is relaxing by the pool, riding the Aqua Duck aboard the Disney Dream or Fantasy, walking the beaches of private islands such as Disney’s Castaway Cay or Royal Caribbean’s Cocco Cay, deck parties and so much more!

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

If visiting a theme park isn’t your thing and you want to explore the world, no worries there are land and sea packages to cover that too!  Alaska, Europe, Asia just to name a few!  It is a great way to explore those destinations you have always wanted to see with a floating hotel room to take you there!  Imagine dreaming about seeing the wonders of Alaska and then having the opportunity to immerse yourself among the beauty for a few days.

The best part of putting together this type of package is that it includes what most families are looking for when planning their vacations; Fun, entertainment, food, somewhere to sleep, relaxation, excellent service and so much more!  Most of your vacation is paid in full prior to departure relieving the stress of a big bill when you return.

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

Adding a cruise to your vacation package will not disappoint!  And I can guarantee you will not want to come home!

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon!

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