Introducing Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas cruise ship

Quantum of the Seas (image – – Royal Caribbean)


It is hard to believe that people are not already lounging by the side of the pools or enjoying the entertainment on Quantum of the Seas. After the media preview held last week in New York City, I felt that the ship is out there sailing the seas somewhere. In reality, however, that is still some 18 months in the future.


What made me feel that Quantum must already exist? To begin, we were shown a video with realistic looking images of the ship cutting through smooth seas. Then we were shown Royal Caribbean Chairman Richard Fain flying in the ship’s skydiving simulator and Royal Caribbean International President Adam Goldstein playing table tennis with Kristen Chenowith, the ship’s godmother, in the Seaplex – – a venue that transforms from sports complex to entertainment center. We then saw Ms. Chenowith in various other parts of the ship.


Mr. Fain did say that today’s computer technology had been of great assistance in allowing Royal to see how all the various components of the design would fit together. As a result, he assured us that the whole Quantum of the Seas would be greater than the sum of its parts and that “the thing that is most exciting to me is the way it all fits together as a seamless whole.”


Still, as impressive as the virtual reality was, the confidence with which Mr. Fain and Mr. Goldstein spoke about the ship. Listening to them speak, it was hard not to phrase questions in the present tense “does the ship” rather than the future tense “will the ship.”


So what was my impression after seeing the video, listening to the presentation and seeing the mock-up of a cabin with a virtual balcony and the land-based version of the skydiving simulator in the parking lot? I was impressed. Royal has come up with a lot of innovative ideas. It is exciting. In addition, the fact that the ship is to be built by Meyer Werft is another good sign as, in my opinion, that shipyard builds very high quality ships.


I was somewhat disappointed that she will not be the Royal Caribbean ocean liner that ship buffs had hoped for. She on to Quantum has been designed to be an all-season cruise ship since the plan is to sail her from the New York area even in the winter. However, Royal Caribbean Executive V.P. Harri Kulovaara, said flatly that she is not designed to be a North Atlantic liner such as Queen Mary 2.


This is disappointing because crossing between Europe and America in a fast liner is a much different experience than crossing the Atlantic during a re-positioning cruise. The speed is exhilarating and since it takes much less time than a re-positioning cruise, it is a viable alternative to flying. I would think that many people would like such an experience done in the Royal Caribbean style.


The media preview naturally focused on the headline garbing aspects of Quantum such as the North Star viewing platform – – a crane-like arm that will take passengers on a ride some 300 feet above the sea. However, my experience has been that there is more to Royal than the “wows.” Allure of the Seas is a great ship not because she is the largest in the world but because she is so multi-dimensional in entertainment, dining, accommodations and activities.


Although not designed as a follow-on to Allure, there are indications that Quantum will also be multi-dimensional. For example, Royal has thought about single passengers and is including a number of single occupancy studio staterooms on Quantum. Showing that it is not merely copying ideas from Norwegian Epic and P&O Cruises’ Azura, some of these studios will be balcony cabins.


We have put together an introduction to Quantum which includes commentary from Mr. Fain and several other Royal Caribbean executives as well as photos. It begins at


Keeping with the Royal Caribbean theme, we have new photo essays of two of our favorite Royal Caribbean ships. The first shows the aforementioned Allure of the Seas arriving in Jamaica. This highlights Allure’s nautical qualities as the maneuver depicted is not an easy one.


Brilliance of the Seas is another ship with good maneuverability. However, in this photo essay the focus is on her pretty lines docked in Antigua and St. Croix.


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