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After much planning and anticipation, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is preparing for the launch of its first Quantum class ship. The 2,090-stateroom Quantum of the Sea will debut in the fall and will offer at-sea firsts such Ripcord by iFly, a skydiving experience that at allows guests of all ages to soar in a safe, controlled environment. The ship will also be home to North Star, a capsule that extends 300 feet above the ocean and delivers 360-degree views, and the largest indoor active space at sea, Seaplex. The all-age sports and entertainment complex will feature first-ever at sea experiences such as bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school with a trapeze.
In addition to a wide range of entertainment options, Quantum will showcase RCI’s largest and most advanced accommodations, measuring nine percent larger than Oasis staterooms on average. The additional space allows for innovation in design and comfort, including virtual balconies that give inside stateroom guests real-time ocean views on a screen. Modern touches such as USB outlets, larger storage solutions and multi-functional furniture will also be found in rooms.
Quantum and its sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, will have 1,570 balcony staterooms, 147 outside rooms, 373 virtual balconies and 34 wheelchair accessible accommodations. Guests using wheelchairs also will have pool and whirlpool lifts and access to North Star, the Youth and Teen Centers, SeaPlex and the lower playing tables in the casino.
To help accommodate large groups, family staterooms can be connected, allowing for private bedrooms and bathrooms within one complex. RCI also has included 28 studio staterooms for solo travelers, and 12 of the studios offer balconies. Three junior suite categories will include spa-inspired amenities and a family junior suite that has a full bath. The spacious loft suites are being carried over from the Oasis design and are set at the stern of the ship.
Quantum of the Seas will sail out of New York Harbor, while Anthem of the Seas will homeport in Southhampton, U.K., in the warmer months and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., during winter. A third sister will launch in 2016.