Like many ship aficionados, I had hoped that Royal Caribbean’s ‘reveal’ about their new ship, ‘Quantum of the Seas’ on the 26th March would finally answer all of the unsolved mysteries. Unfortunately this was not the case.
This level of secrecy has been quite unprecedented, given the fact that RCL are already taking bookings for Quantum (October 2014) and sister Anthem (Spring 2015). Many RCL fans are so loyal they were prepared to book even before then knew about many of the on-board features and facilities.
RCL did reveal that Quantum will have ‘Dynamic Dining’ which is a system of multiple restaurants not unlike the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) ‘Freestyle’ system. There will be no main dining room, but multiple dining rooms, with flexible hours. Now in fairness this was a VERY BIG reveal and a major change of direction for RCL, who have always favoured the one big ‘main dining Room’, with some alternatives.
If we look at the Quantum deck plans, it appears that there are still FIVE retail spaces and SIX public spaces labelled “More To Come”. Now we can probably be pretty sure that these will not be more dining rooms. I think there are already enough of those.
Adam Goldstein has suggested that their will be a ‘Schooner Bar':
“Relax and enjoy the warm smell of teak oil in this charming nautical-themed bar. Signature to all of Royal Caribbean’s ships”
“Dance the night away to today’s hottest Latin rhythms in Boleros dance club. Sip a delicious and refreshing mojito or caipirina, or simply mix and mingle with all of your new found friends.”
This still leaves at least four other public rooms. If we look at the design of NCL’s new ships, ‘Norwegian Breakaway’ and ‘Norwegian Getaway’ there are also multiple dining rooms, and multiple entertainment venues.
We already know about Quantum’s there venues: The Theatre, The Music Hall and Two70 Degree lounge. However they will probably will not accommodate the ships 4,000+ passengers. I think we can expect another major venue and maybe another minor one or two.
There have been rumours about a New York style Art Deco ‘Rainbow Room’ being on-board. I assume that this might be a dancing/cabaret room. However many of the rumours so far have turned out to been wrong.
We are pretty sure that Quantum will not have a ‘Royal Promenade’ (internal street) as we know it, from the ‘Voyager’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Oasis’ class ships. However we have yet to see any rendering of what it will have. There are more rumours of a ‘Royal Esplanade’, whatever that is? Maybe it will have a water feature?
All we can do now is wait for the next reveal or two? Unfortunately I am not a very patient man.
‘Dynamic Dining’ The Dog House: http://wp.me/pfRKD-2vu
Cats Comes to Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean announced today Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Broadway musical CATS is coming to Oasis of the Seas following the ship’s refurbishment in the fall of 2014.
CATS will replace Hairspray on the ship, the Broadway show that has played on Oasis of the Seas since the ship launched.
Oasis of the Seas will be going into drydock in while in Europe on October 2014.
Adventure Swaps With Explorer
Next April, Adventure of the Seas is being replaced on its Southampton sailings by Explorer of the Seas. They are identical Voyager-class vessels, each carrying 3,000+ passengers.
Before arriving in the UK, Explorer will spend a month in dry dock during which she will be fitted with a Flowrider (surf machine) and a 3D cinema.
Explorer’s inside cabins will be equipped with ‘virtual balconies’ (a large LCD screens to simulate a sea view) and some of the restaurants popular on other RCL ship will be added.