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Royal Caribbean, debuts the world’s first smartship

Royal Carribbean takes delivery of Quantum of the Seas, a technologically-advanced beauty that will provide guests with an abundance of never before seen features and experiences.

Royal Carribbean takes delivery of Quantum of the Seas, a technologically-advanced beauty that will provide guests with an abundance of never before seen features and experiences.

Royal Caribbean International has taken delivery of the newest addition to the cruise line’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft Yard.

With Captain Srecko “Felix” Ban at the helm, the ship will begin her journey today to Southampton, U.K., where she will welcome her first guests on 2 November, for a trans-Atlantic voyage to her home port of Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, New Jersey.

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The new smartship features RipCord by iFLY, the North Star, SeaPlex, and a Bionic Bar.

Quantum of the Seas will sail from New York harbour to the Bahamas and the Caribbean for her inaugural season before departing for her new homeport of Shanghai (Baoshan), China, in May 2015. Sister-ship Anthem of the Seas will debut in Southampton in April 2015 and sail Mediterranean itineraries.

Quantum-class ships, according to the cruise line, are the world’s most technologically advanced and feature “boatloads of bandwidth” which allow the cruise line to offer unprecedented connectivity – 500 times more than any other cruise ship. Their easy-to-use systems expand guest choices and simplify schedules. RFID technology also speeds up the boarding process and allows guest to track their luggage every step of the way.

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However, the buck doesn’t stop there.

Both ships offer new unprecedented features, such as RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea; the North Star, an engineering marvel that transports guests more than 300 feet above the ocean; SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; as well as the Bionic Bar powered by Makr Shakr which features the world’s first robotic bartenders.

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The ships also showcase the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever, including the industry’s first-ever staterooms with Virtual Balconies, which offer expansive, real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations from every interior stateroom.
Quantum-class ships span 16 guest decks; encompass 167,800 gross registered tons; carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy; and feature 2,090 staterooms.

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What are your first impressions of the new smartship?