A Review of the World’s First Ever Smart Ship:
Connie and Alana, of Fox World Travel recently experienced the awe-inspiring luxury of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the Quantum of the Seas. From robot bartenders to transformation grand ballrooms, this ship has got it all! Hear about their experience here:
Royal Caribbean’s newest ship and the world’s first “smartship”, Quantum of the Seas. The ship has a bold, new, “smart” approach to technology, the first of its kind in the cruising world. The theme on this ship is “prepare to be wowed”, and ‘wowed’ was an understatement!
Starting with the “Smart check-in”, where you can go from arriving at the pier to your cabin in 10 minutes or less. By completing the online check in prior to arrival and downloading your picture, you get a digital boarding confirmation, thus avoiding check in counters and lines at the pier. You are assigned an arrival appointed time (a 30 minute window) and once you arrive at the pier you are met by mobile agents who check your passports and scan the setsail pass you received after completing the online check in. You go through a security area and proceed onto the ship. Your “Seapass card” is waiting for you outside your stateroom. You use the seapass card to access your stateroom, activate power in the stateroom, as your identification to get on/off the ship at ports and throughout the ship to make purchases, and reservations for dining and activities. In addition, there are “Wowbands” waiting for you in your stateroom. They look like watches that you use in lieu of your seapass card. You would wave the wowband at any of the seapass card readers to make them work the same way the seapass card would work. So no need to dig in your purse or pocket to find the card, just wear the wowband!
“Smart concierge” is the cruise planner that you can use to pre-arrange dining and activities before arriving on the cruise and/or during the cruise. There is a Royal iQ app that you can download to assist you during the cruise in making those reservations or managing the ones you already have.
“Smart connect” is the fast connectivity onboard Quantum of the Seas. It has more bandwidth than every other cruise ship in the world combined! You can be online 24/7 with any personal device by connecting to “royal-wifi” which is complimentary.
Some of the new “smart experiences” onboard include:
A bionic bar- where robotic bartenders make your drinks.
Two70- a multi-level great room with 270 degree panoramic seaviews. This is where technology and entertainment are fused together. This venue transforms from a modern, open area with panoramic views during the day, to a one of a kind experience at night. The glass walls provide a projectable backdrop, featuring a Vistarama and dancing Roboscreens that use a video projection entertainment system to make the screens come to life. You will be immersed in light shows, digital scenery with dazzling performances.
Virtual balcony staterooms-interior staterooms with a “view”.
The Quantum of the Seas has amazing one-of-a kind experiences. It offers the largest active space at sea and is also the most revolutionary. There is fun for all ages.
The youth program is bigger and better than ever with the Adventure Ocean’s two-deck space. Children can become scientists exploring the insect world, eye-patched pirates seeking hidden treasure or become a great athlete taking the gold at the Wacky Sport Tourney. The older teen’s program has teen-only spaces and staff to keep the fun going. For the little ones there are interactive playgroup sessions for the Royal Babies and the Royal Tots. Trained professionals are also available for an hourly fee to care for children 6-36 months.
The Seaplex is an indoor sports zone where you can go roller skating, play basketball, bumper cars and go to circus school. There are four activity rooms with live global video gaming and there is even a floating DJ booth suspended overhead. It’s an amazing space.
In addition, more one-of-a-kind experiences are:
North Star – a jewel shaped capsule “ride” that ascends 300 feet above sea level giving you 360 degree views of the ocean, the ship and ports of call.
RipCord by iFLY – a groundbreaking skydiving simulator. This vertical wind tunnel gives you the feeling of “flying” while never leaving the ship.
Flowrider – Catch a wave right onboard on the 40-foot long surf simulator.
Rock Climbing – See how far you can climb up the signature rock wall to enjoy views 40 feet above deck.
Ice skating and inline skating-Both are available for you to choose from…ice or track.
In addition there are fitness classes, a fitness center with the latest cardio and resistance equipment powered by Technogym, mini-golf, a jogging track, table tennis, pools and even a boxing ring.
Music Hall– is a venue that features daytime activities ranging from dance classes to game shows during the day. In the evening you can dance the night away to live music performances, shows, play billiards, dance or watch a tribute band from the second floor.
The Royal Theater-a state of the art theater featuring the Broadway production of Mamma Mia, Sonic Odyssey (an original production featuring musicians, vocalist and dancers) and 3D movies.
Quantum class has the largest variety of new stateroom types to accommodate different needs. The options vary from 101 square feet in the interior staterooms to 1,640 square feet in the Royal Loft Suite.
For families, they have three different category staterooms uniquely connected through a vestibule to form a special layout that provides separate bedrooms and bathrooms for multi-generational families. They are called Family Connected Junior Suites and can accommodate up to 10 people.
The balcony staterooms are stunning and offer a sitting area with sofa, full bathroom and two twin beds that covert to a Royal King. These vary in size from 119 to 198 square feet. Junior suites and suites are also offered for those wanting more space. They are even two-story Loft Suites featuring the finest amenities and breathtaking, expensive views. They have a dining area, more space and a dedicated concierge.
Even the interior rooms are revolutionary. They are designed to provide real-time views of the ocean by featuring virtual balconies that span nearly floor to ceiling, thus offering a “view” in every stateroom category.
New to Royal Caribbean with the Quantum class ships is “Dynamic Dining”- A exploration of dining offering more choices and flexibility. There are no set dining times, assigned seats or formal nights. You have 18 choices including five complimentary full service restaurants (Chic, The Grande, American Icon Grill, Silk and Coastal Kitchen), and 15 additional choices; many that have a fee. They range from upscale to casual dining to healthful home style dishes. Three of the restaurants feature award winning chefs; Jamie Oliver, Michael Schwartz and Devin Alexander. Reservations for all restaurants are based on a first come first serve basis. It is highly recommended to pre-book your dining. Reservations are only required for dinner and the fees for the non-complimentary restaurants can be found at RoyalCaribbean.com/Dynamic Dining as well as menus for all of the dining venues.
Notes-Coastal Kitchen restaurant is exclusive to those booked in grand suite staterooms or higher.
-The five complimentary restaurants have children’s menus, select specialty restaurants offer children’s menu’s at a reduced service charge.
-Café Promenade and Windjammer Grill are open 24 hours.
FUN FACTS –
Standing upright at 1,141 feet Quantum of the Seas is 2.5 times taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza and about equal to 3.5 regulation size soccer fields.
Quantum of the Seas is longer than 5 Boeing 747 planes.
Quantum of the Seas is almost 3 times as wide as a regulation size basketball court.
Quantum of the Seas is 11 times bigger than a blue whale.
This is a great ship for all ages, singles, couples and families. It never seemed crowded as they have done a fantastic job offering options to keep the guests spread throughout the ship. And their promise to wow was fulfilled for all.
To learn how you can experience the state of the art luxury of the Quantum of the Seas, visit us online or contact a vacation travel consultant today!