(Meyer Werft Image)
‘Quantum of The Seas’ must be the most secret cruise ship ever built by any cruise line.
On 29th October 2014, Quantum arrives at Southampton, yet amazingly we still do not know all of her secrets.
There are still parts of her deck plans that are labelled “More To Come”. We have seem some renderings of her internal spaces, but not all of them. We have seen few real images. Details of some of the cabin grades, the ‘Royal Esplanade’ and the shops are still missing.
I think in the case of ‘Oasis of the Seas’, RCI were so confident that they released all of the details, as soon as they could. They let the concept speak for itself. They knew that the worlds biggest ship would almost promote itself. I recall that very few secrets were held back, for very long.
Quantum is a very different kettle of fish.
I think RCI were worried that Quantum could seem like an anti-climax when compared to ‘Oasis’. After all she’s smaller.
All of Quantum’s dining options leaves little room for too many ‘wow’ type public spaces, which have been RCI’s trademark in the past. Quantum does not have the popular favourites like Central Park, Studio B, the Boardwalk, a Royal Viking Crown or a Royal Prom (as we know it).
On-board Quantum Technology and the Dining are designed to create the new ‘wows’.
‘Dynamic Dining’ is of course a very fundamental change for RCI and not without risk. It will change the design of every RCI ship from now on. RCI probably feared a backlash. After all ‘Dynamic Dining’ is VERY similar to NCL’s ‘Freestyle’ dining system. The latter still has it fans and critics after several decades of operation.
Few people have been on-board Quantum yet, but we may even find that aspects of Quantum’s design are similar to NCL’s newbuilds: Breakaway and Getaway. They were constructed in the same shipyard too, Meyer Werft, in Germany.
I believe RCI decided that they could generate more excitement about Quantum, by releasing the details very, very slowly, rather than presenting all of the facts up front.
Just my take on the events. Do you agree with me?
Stop Press: Some new interior images have been taken by Ingrid-Fiebak:
My ticket to visit ‘Quantum’ at Southampton next week has obviously got lost in the post! If you are going, here are the things that I want to know:
1) The facilities for youngsters look great, but what does the ship have to offer adults?
2) How does the ‘Royal Esplanade’ differ from a ‘Royal Promenade’?
3) Having multiple dining options leaves a lot less room for ‘wow’ spaces (like the Royal Viking Crown, Central Park, Studio B, Royal Prom. tall atriums etc.). How does this affect the ships ‘feel’.
4) It all that technology just silly gimmicks or real enhancements?
5) The ‘BIG’ question is does Quantum feel like an RCI ship or has there product morphed in NCL.
Stop Press – We finally have more details & deck plans: http://wp.me/pfRKD-2LZ