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Rccl Newest Ship: Quantum Of The Seas  
User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3834 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

RCCL newest ship named Quantum of the Seas will be launched in 2014.

Here are spme of the features:

* " North star" sphere, allowing passengers to get a birds eye view of the ship and surroundings, 91 meters up in the air. Will be able to take 13 People at a time and will also be able to reserve for weddings and other "happenings"

* 373 cabins on the inside will get " Virtual " balconies, where Pictures from the outside will be shown on one of the walls.

* A sports and recreation are where you can play basket, volley and football on daytime. On sellected hours, there will also be a Circus school here. In the evenings, the area will be changed and have bumper cars and rollerskates.

* Ripchord. an attraction where you can experience flying in the air inside a tube where airwaves circulate.

* Goodmother of this ship: Kristin Chenoweth

The sister ship Anthem of the Seas will be released in 2015


Name: Quantum of the Seas.

Length: 348 meter.

Beam: 41 meter.

Tonnage: 167800.

Speed: 22 knop.

Number of cabins: 2090 hytter.

Max number of guests: 4905.

Yard: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Tyskland.

Launching: November 2014.

Homeport: New York winter 2014/15, With crossings to Bahamas and Caribbean

Sistership: Anthem of the Seas, launching spring 2015


Check out the Pictures:

http://www.dagbladet.no/2013/04/17/t.../reise/cruise/cruiseskip/26713670/

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/connect/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_of_the_Seas


Another spectuaculare ship from Royal Caribbean ...

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User currently offlinelh526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2349 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3774 times:
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Great ship!
Hooray for german engineering!  



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User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5358 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

Can't wait for Quantum to make her maiden voyage! Booking opens up for Crown & Anchor members next month. I wonder if I convince Mrs. GP. or maybe put down a downpayment on it while we take our cruise in January on another RCI Meyerwerft-built ship, Serenade of the SeasThe virtual balconies seem quite interesting and might convince me to try an interior cabin. I'm a bit skeptical of North Star. I recall when Oasis of the Seas, first entered service you could do a ride in an aerostat that was tethered to the ship, but I seem to recall this was removed when she received her short refit to put the Dreamworks Experience onboard her.

Additionally Quantum, will initially sail out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ, not New York proper. Also the Sportsplex that you mention will have a floating DJ booth so at night it can be a dance club.

I'm also interested to see what innovations, if any, over Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are made on the third Oasis-class ship when she comes into the fleet. Then I might be saying Vive la France!



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6515 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

Nice ideas, I'd like to see what they mean with the internal cabins with view. The only cabin in display must be the "presidential apartment" or something !


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User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5358 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 3):
Nice ideas, I'd like to see what they mean with the internal cabins with view.


The wall that's the "balcony" is an 80" LED showing live footage from cameras mounted on the exterior of the ship.



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User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3607 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3718 times:

The more cruises I take the more I find myself looking for the smaller and smaller ships. I want to be on a boat, not a city that happens to be floating. I get that a lot of people want that, and that's cool but its just not for me.

Also, I don't like being in a small port town with 5000 people at the same time. I was in Grand Cayman last month (flew in, not on a cruise) and there were days were there were literally 6 ships in at once. There had to be 20,000 people there. It was more crowded than rush hour Manhattan. Not a fun experience.


User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5358 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

Quoting armitageshanks (Reply 5):
The more cruises I take the more I find myself looking for the smaller and smaller ships. I want to be on a boat, not a city that happens to be floating. I get that a lot of people want that, and that's cool but its just not for me.

That's an excellent point that was made at the press event for Quantum - RCI doesn't believe in a one size fits all approach. For you one of the Vision or Radiance class ships might be more appealing. I will say, my wife and I took a vacation on Freedom of the Seas a few years ago and we were impressed with the fact that despite there were thousands of people, you really didn't get the feeling of being cramped. There always seemed to be some place you could go and feel like you were completely alone. I love the helicopter landing pad areas on RCI's ship for that reason - it seems like not everybody knows how to get there and it's nice to get some air out there.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

Sorry but the name sucks.

It sound like a James Bond flick.

Seuqual to Quantum of Solice perhaps?



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User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5358 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 7):
Seuqual to Quantum of Solice perhaps?

I don't know if it's a Sequel to Quantum of Solace, but from what I understand the name is meant to illustrate that this is the ship to measure other cruise ship innovations against. Not a huge fan of it either, but I do like Anthem's name.



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User currently offlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 765 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

Quoting armitageshanks (Reply 5):
The more cruises I take the more I find myself looking for the smaller and smaller ships. I want to be on a boat, not a city that happens to be floating. I get that a lot of people want that, and that's cool but its just not for me.

That's why my family preferred Enchantment of the Seas[/[i]. Very nice ship. Only ship we've repeated. Much more cozy and enjoyable than the huge ships... not that [i]Enchantment is small, because it's still nearly the size of an aircraft carrier...



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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2986 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3581 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 4):

The wall that's the "balcony" is an 80" LED showing live footage from cameras mounted on the exterior of the ship

This sure twinks the neurons of the movie "The Magic Christian"

Okie


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5977 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Thread starter):
Yard: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Tyskland.

A shame, had it been STX Europe in Turku, we would have gotten another chance to see a Great Belt bridge limbo 


User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9146 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

Much better, you can see a big ship driven backwards on a tiny river fitting through a lock with a hand wide room on each side. That's fun.


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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5977 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3440 times:

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 12):
Much better, you can see a big ship driven backwards on a tiny river fitting through a lock with a hand wide room on each side. That's fun.

We used to get something along the same line here, before they shut down the shipyard. All of Maersk E-class ships had to pass through a rather narrow gap to get out to sea, which made for some spectacular photo ops:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...de_Lighthouse_and_Eugen_Maersk.jpg


User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5358 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3437 times:

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 11):

A shame, had it been STX Europe in Turku, we would have gotten another chance to see a Great Belt bridge limbo

Actually you may not have. The Quantum class are actually smaller than the Oasis class and is closer in size to the earlier Freedom class. I don't recall if any of the Freedoms had to do the Great Belt bridge limbo, but I don't think they did.



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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9146 posts, RR: 29
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 13):
We used to get something along the same line here,

Impressive. 14770 TEU through the narrows, However she could not get through there fully laden, not even with empty boxes.

Send her to Wilhelmshaven, they need some box carriers at their new port and they have the necessary 18 to 20 meters for ships with that draught.

 



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12330 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 7):
Sorry but the name sucks.

  

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 8):
from what I understand the name is meant to illustrate that this is the ship to measure other cruise ship innovations against.

I think it's a fail because the definition I'm most familiar with is the one from physics: the smallest possible discrete change in energy levels, pretty much the opposite of "great innovation"...



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8182 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3361 times:

Looks like that North Star is straight from the London Eye - which means it will probably be fairly successful.

Our RCCL cruise was on the Navigator of the Seas (a Voyager class ship) and it was very enjoyable. I really enjoyed the Windjammer when leaving a port - provided a great view while enjoying a cuppa. Overall the cruise was so enjoyable as to make RCCL as our preference for future cruises. I might be interested in the Quantum if she does some Med cruises in the future.


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5977 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3347 times:

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 15):
Impressive. 14770 TEU through the narrows, However she could not get through there fully laden, not even with empty boxes.

Nope, but in a way I kind of liked that. The E-class would leave her "birthplace" for good after passing throw the narrows   A real shame Maersk threw the shipyard under the bus just like that, but they just couldn't compete with their (South) Korean competitors.


User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8438 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3338 times:

The new ship looks innovative and inviting. It seams that with every new generation of RCCL ship, new amenities are added.
The Quantum Class has new venues like a "Canada Arm" like boom for passengers to see the ocean, a bumper car station and a vertical wind tunnel along with the earlier venues like the Flow-rider, rock wall and the whirlpools on the side of the ship.



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12330 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 17):
I might be interested in the Quantum if she does some Med cruises in the future.

It might get very confusing: if you know her position, you can't know her speed!



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

there also seems to be a block of cabins a bit out like a balcony is this something new?

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 4):

That's a great idea.


User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1300 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

Cool features and all but still ugly as sin. Suppose demands on modern cruise ships are such they all end up as aesthetic turds.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3213 times:

I have to say I always enjoy all the ships I go on. You take it for what it is. I do personally prefer the 4-5 Star more conservative lines these days such as Cunard and Holland America. Silversea and Crystal are amongst the top of the crop.

If you want a cheaper and informal experience then RCI fit the bill. I do love the new innovations and count down to any new ship launch.

I saw a media/trade video and it looks great. Two 70 looks quite cool. The staterooms with balcony walls is interesting but I will wait to see it in person before I comment on it further. Often artists impressions are very different from what it looks and feels like in real life.


User currently offlinekiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7085 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3190 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 14):
I don't recall if any of the Freedoms had to do the Great Belt bridge limbo, but I don't think they did.

They did, they put lower stacks on them to go under the bridge, then replaced them with the correct ones.

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 18):
A real shame Maersk threw the shipyard under the bus just like that, but they just couldn't compete with their (South) Korean competitors.

They didn't throw it under the bus it's just fact that Europe is far to expensive a place to build box ship and cargo vessles, Danish unions also have something to do with it, plus the Tripple E's would have been able to leave the yard, it was tricky enough putting the E class to sea.


User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9146 posts, RR: 29
Reply 25, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

Quoting kiwirob (Reply 24):
They didn't throw it under the bus it's just fact that Europe is far to expensive a place to build box ship and cargo

Not to forget the subsidies with which countries like Korea etc. support their ship building industry.



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User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5358 posts, RR: 53
Reply 26, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3222 times:

Quoting kiwirob (Reply 24):

They did, they put lower stacks on them to go under the bridge, then replaced them with the correct ones.

I stand corrected then! I knew about the retractable funnels on the Oasis class. I wonder since #3 won't have to do the Limbo at all if it will have the retractable funnels as well.



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User currently offlinekiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7085 posts, RR: 3
Reply 27, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3237 times:

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 25):
Not to forget the subsidies with which countries like Korea etc. support their ship building industry.

The Koreans don't subsidise their shipbuilding industry, they did back in the 90's but to a far lesser degree than the Europeans subsidised their industry. They are just simply far more efficient, build on a massive scale, offer similar or identical designs to multiple owners rather than bespoke and are able to build complicated vessels like drillship's, FPSO's and the like which European yards simply can't do anymore at a price shipowners can afford.

http://www.marinetalk.com/articles-m...-Subsidy-Claims-xxx00092906IN.html


User currently offlinetxjim From United States of America, joined May 2008, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Quoting okie (Reply 10):
This sure twinks the neurons of the movie "The Magic Christian"

Well if Carnival utilized galley slaves like the Magic Christian did, they would never get stuck after a generator failure, would they? And think of the tour revenue if they had a Rachel Welch figure as the slavemaster!


User currently offlinetrav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 29, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

Of all people, Kristen Chenowith is the goodmother? I thought they preferred to use political figures as goodmothers, not b-list celebrities.

User currently offlinekiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7085 posts, RR: 3
Reply 30, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

Quoting trav110 (Reply 29):
not b-list celebrities.

What would you call Princess Fiona?


User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3607 posts, RR: 15
Reply 31, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3115 times:

Quoting trav110 (Reply 29):
Of all people, Kristen Chenowith is the goodmother? I thought they preferred to use political figures as goodmothers, not b-list celebrities.

What does it matter? What does that title even mean anyway? She will sing some song in her squeaky voice and break a bottle of Champagne over the bow and nobody will ever think of it again and it'll be on Youtube with 215 views.


User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 32, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Will this be another flat bottom barge that will be highly unstable in rough seas?

Giant cruise ships do not float my boat, pardon the pun.  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 33, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 32):
Will this be another flat bottom barge that will be highly unstable in rough seas?

Giant cruise ships do not float my boat, pardon the pun.  

Well I wouldnt want to be on it with rough seas in the North Atlantic thats for sure   For that there is only one ship and thats the QM2 as I discovered last November   If you want to sail on this the route would need to be Barcelona to Miami or similar where they sail further South. Even then we had some interesting sea days for the first few. That was on the Voyager.


User currently offlinekiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7085 posts, RR: 3
Reply 34, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 32):
Will this be another flat bottom barge that will be highly unstable in rough seas?

But they aren't the stabiliser fins do a remarkable jobs keeping them steady.


User currently offlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 765 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3005 times:

Quoting kiwirob (Reply 34):
But they aren't the stabiliser fins do a remarkable jobs keeping them steady.

I agree. The technology that goes into those things is pretty amazing. I usually feel hardly any motion.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 36, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3006 times:

Stabilisers help but it surprises me how some cruise ships on relatively calm waters in the Med have very bad sea keeping abilities. I wouldn't want to be on them TATL in rough seas.

User currently offlinekiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7085 posts, RR: 3
Reply 37, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2960 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 36):
I wouldn't want to be on them TATL in rough seas.

QM2 also has a flat bottom and she works ok across the Atlantic, as do box ships, tankers and bulkers. Most ships today have that kind of hull form.


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4895 posts, RR: 16
Reply 38, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2926 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 20):

It might get very confusing: if you know her position, you can't know her speed!

Not only that, but every time she hits a wave in the Med, her sister ship Anthem in the Caribbean also takes a bump  
Quoting lh526 (Reply 1):
Hooray for german engineering!
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 12):
Much better, you can see a big ship driven backwards on a tiny river fitting through a lock with a hand wide room on each side. That's fun.

Howaldtswerke for ever! Let's all go to Schulau and sing 'Muss i denn' when she rolls by  


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 39, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

Quoting lh526 (Reply 1):
Hooray for german engineering!

That's a bit too much of chest thumping for my taste.

Quoting armitageshanks (Reply 5):
I want to be on a boat, not a city that happens to be floating.

I understand what you mean, but even on a "real" boat I would feel like a prisoner after day 2. Those huge floating cities are at least impressive to look at; they are, sadly, not elegant anymore - but still impressive. Wouldn't wish to go on a cruise on them, though.
A friend once took me on a boat trip on lake Starnberg. After two hours I nearly died of boredom, and I am not at all antsy.

Quoting comorin (Reply 38):
Howaldtswerke for ever! Let's all go to Schulau and sing 'Muss i denn' when she rolls by

That's quite an impressive knowledge of German shipyards and customs, but they could stand a minor update if you allow.
Schulau Willkommhöft, as you probably know, is near Hamburg, but Howaldtswerke are now in Kiel and not in Hamburg anymore. Papenburg, where Meyer Werft is located, is not anywhere near Schulau.  



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12330 posts, RR: 25
Reply 40, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2875 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 38):
every time she hits a wave in the Med, her sister ship Anthem in the Caribbean also takes a bump

Ahh, someone else is on my wavelength! 



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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4895 posts, RR: 16
Reply 41, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2761 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 39):
That's quite an impressive knowledge of German shipyards and customs, but they could stand a minor update if you allow.
Schulau Willkommhöft, as you probably know, is near Hamburg, but Howaldtswerke are now in Kiel and not in Hamburg anymore.

Thank you! I was there at a launching in 1956...I guess things have moved on   Hamburg was a wonderful place for a kid...


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4895 posts, RR: 16
Reply 42, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 40):
Ahh, someone else is on my wavelength!

Thanks! That's most coherent of you  


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12330 posts, RR: 25
Reply 43, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 41):
Hamburg was a wonderful place for a kid...

I hear it's a pretty good place for an adult, too!  



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 44, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

Quoting kiwirob (Reply 37):
QM2 also has a flat bottom and she works ok across the Atlantic

It has a specialised hull design for the North Atlantic runs.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 43):
I hear it's a pretty good place for an adult, too!

LOL.. Indeed  


User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5358 posts, RR: 53
Reply 45, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

Quoting trav110 (Reply 29):
I thought they preferred to use political figures as goodmothers, not b-list celebrities.

Not really. Broadly speaking, Royal Caribbean doesn't use political figures as godmothers. The only one who springs to mind that they have used is Queen Sonja of Norway for Majesty of the Seas. They've mostly used wives/mothers of their board members (Legend, Splendour, Grandeur, Rhapsody, Enchantment, Vision, Radiance, Brilliance). When they haven't, they've used celebrities, including actresses and athletes before:

Monarch - Lauren Bacall
Voyager - Katarina Witt
Explorer - Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Navigator - Steffi Graf
Mariner - Jean Driscoll
Serenade - Whoopi Goldberg
Oasis - Gloria Estefan, Michelle Kwan, Dara Torres, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Shawn Johnson, Jane Seymour, and Daisy Fuentes

They've also used NYC first responders for Adventure, which was their first post-9/11 ship, a teacher (Jewel), a foster mother selected by popular vote (Freedom), a travel agent selected by popular vote (Liberty), and a British non-profit head chosen by the board (Independence).

So no, not very many political figures! I know some on another board I visit are speculating that the choice of Chenowith may be a sign that the ship will have a production of Wicked onboard, as RCI has in the past given hints as to a feature of a ship based on the choice of godmother - Witt to show that Voyager/I> would be the first cruise ship with an ice rink onboard, the seven celebrities for Oasis to illustrate the seven "neighborhoods" onboard the ship, and Princess Fiona to show Allure would be the first RCI ship with the Dreamworks Experience onboard.



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User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5358 posts, RR: 53
Reply 46, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

Too late to edit my first post but I took a moment to go back to look at Royal's ships that predated Monarch - two more had political connections. Sovereign, whose godmother was Rosalyn Carter and Song of Norway whose godmother was Magnhild Borten, the wife of Norwegian PM Per Borten.


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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 47, posted (1 year 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

I'm sure this ship will be great, but I'm sorry, that ball on a gantry thing just looks UGLY and out of place.


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 48, posted (1 year 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

What more can be added to ships, a monorail to run the length of top deck at snails pace? retractable balcony 20 feet out into the sea, like the grand canyon one, Gatwick style bridge from one end to the other.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 49, posted (1 year 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 47):
I'm sure this ship will be great, but I'm sorry, that ball on a gantry thing just looks UGLY and out of place.

Will make for some great views though  


User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 50, posted (1 year 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 48):
What more can be added to ships, a monorail to run the length of top deck at snails pace? retractable balcony 20 feet out into the sea, like the grand canyon one, Gatwick style bridge from one end to the other.

* Dolphins in the aquatheater ...  

* Ship With glass bottom ...  

* Full size vikingship in the pool ...  

* Tours down in the engine room, make some holes in the sides and give the passengers oars to move the ship forward ... Free excersice for the passengers and cheaper propulsion for the Company ...  


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