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Rccl Newest Ship: Quantum Of The Seas

Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:33 pm

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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Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:51 pm

Great ship!
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Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:09 pm

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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Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:10 pm

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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Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:19 pm

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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Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:20 pm

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.
 
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Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:31 pm

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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RE: Rccl Newest Ship: Quantum Of The Seas

Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:40 pm

Sorry but the name sucks.

It sound like a James Bond flick.

Seuqual to Quantum of Solice perhaps?
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Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:48 pm

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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Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:37 am

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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Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:54 am

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"

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Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:02 am

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 
 
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Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:12 am

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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Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:30 am

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
 
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Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:41 am

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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Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:09 pm

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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Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:22 pm

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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Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:47 pm

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.
 
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Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:21 pm

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.
 
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Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:53 pm

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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Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:47 pm

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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Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:36 pm

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.
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:37 am

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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Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:07 am

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.
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:23 am

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.
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:54 am

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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Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:41 pm

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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Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:24 pm

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.

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Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:04 pm

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!
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:44 pm

Of all people, Kristen Chenowith is the goodmother? I thought they preferred to use political figures as goodmothers, not b-list celebrities.
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:48 pm

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

What would you call Princess Fiona?
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:19 am

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.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:18 am

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.  
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:53 am

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.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:41 pm

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.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:10 pm

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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Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:23 pm

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.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:21 pm

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.
 
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Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:13 am

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  
 
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Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:12 pm

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.
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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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Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:41 pm

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

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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...
 
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Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:10 pm

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

Thanks! That's most coherent of you  
 
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Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:10 pm

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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Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:15 pm

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  
 
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Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:04 pm

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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Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:00 pm

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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Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:29 pm

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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Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:06 pm

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.
 
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Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:41 pm

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  

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