(Meyer Werft Image: One of our first glimpses of Quantum)
Royal Caribbean are sill very tight lipped about many of the facilities on-board their next ship ‘Quantum of the Seas’, even though it is due to enter service in 9 months time.
I’ve now lost all patience and have decided to make some educated guesses about what’s on-board:
Q: Will Quantum have a ‘Royal Promenade’?
There have been both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ answers circulating on-line, to this question.
I think the answer is that Quantum will of course have dining options, entertainment rooms and retails spaces on offer, but we will NOT get a ‘Royal Promenade’ like those on-board Voyager, Freedom and Oasis class ships. After all such a long/wide facility takes up a lot of space and is apparently very difficult to design, as it is effectively a ‘hole’ running along the spine of the ship.
I don’t see any tall multi-story atrium’s either, just some double heigh areas.
Looking a the deck plans (which still have many ‘More To Come’ spaces) we can see the deck 5 seem to be where much of the ‘action’ will take place. Deck 5 has the Two70 Degree Lounge at the stern (image far left) the Theatre, at the bow (image far right) and many blank spaces in between. These must surely be dining, retail and other service options – the nearest Quantum gets to a Royal Prom?
(For the record there have also been rumours about a “Royal Square” and/or “Royal Esplanade”.)
The deck above (deck 6) seems to show a long cut-out and a square area above part of deck 5 which will possible form a double height space with deck six being a balcony looking down onto deck 5 (6 appears to have no shops/dining, just cabins). The square will probably form an atrium. The unidentified feature (see the red arrow further down) may form the centrepiece of the atrium. It appears not to be a wide street as previous Royal Proms. It also does not appear to have any cabins over-looking it. However the deck 5 level does have windows port and starboard which will let in natural light and give some sea views, which no other RC Royal Prom has.
Deck 5 – Click all images to enlarge (RCI)
Is the red section a cut-out making the internal space below double-height?
I have grabbed some still image from a Royal Caribbean video about Quantum (called: An Architectural Marvel in the Making: Quantum of the Seas’ ).
The image below shows a model of one of the decks of the ship, which I believe is deck 5. The space at the right hand end of the model is the stern of the ship, where Two70 is located (the guy in they video is holding a model of the Two70 lounge in his hand, which fits at the space at the end/left of image).
(RCI Movie grab)
Although the image of the model is not very clear, it definitely replicates the deck plan of deck 5 (see below).
(RCI image – Deck 5)
I wonder what the semi-circular structure is in the middle area (see red arrow below). It certainly looks like a focal point – maybe a reception desk, bar or art-work? However it even looks like some sort water feature/ fountain to me? Any ideas?
This area of detail (below) looks interesting. it almost looks like houses. Maybe they contain alternative dining rooms or shops?
Q: What do we know about the Two70 Degree Lounge?
Two70 will be one of a number of “transformational” public spaces. It will be a lounge during the day (475 capacity) and a Hi-tech show repeated each evening. The room will have VistaRama (digital scenery technology) which includes six robotic-performing monitors.
(Meyer Werft Image)
The construction image above gives us a great idea of how big Two70 will actually be. It makes the dock workers standing on it look like ants.
The RC video has a nice line-drawing of Two70 (see below). You can see that it is a double height room, with big picture windows. there’s a very strong rumour that a ‘Park Café’ (as on Oasis) will be incorporated into the rear of it.
The image below from the design company, complete with trees, could support this:
(5+ design image)
You can clearly see the location of the bar. There is balcony area overlooking the main floor space.
The robotic monitors will be suspended form those two support arms at the stern of the room and stored in the ceiling when not in use (see below).
(RCI Image – Robotic monitors stowed in the ceiling of Two70)
(RCI Screen grab – monitors descend on support-arms)
270 Degrees (RCI image)
If you look back at the deck plan, there is a space (labelled ‘More To come’) which adjoins to the back of Two70. I wonder what it is? Maybe it is a foyer/entrance with reception desk? Curiously this rectangular space is angled off-centre. Maybe it is an area for passengers to make a booking for the shows in this lounge? Maybe not?
The video also shows a plan of this area (below):
(RCI – click to enlarge)
The indoor pool and two whirlpools are shown on the deck plan (deck 14). This double height space appears to have glass skylights under the arm of North Star observation capsule (deck 16). See below:
(RCI Image – Deck 14)
(RCI Image – Deck 16, Pool Skylights?)
This is what the external skylights look on the ships rendering:
I think the video inadvertently shows some renderings of the indoor pool area (see below):
(RCI – Screen Grab – click to enlarge)
An image of a model of the enclosed pool also appeared on the internet, a while ago, which confirms the design:
(Net: Original source unknown)
Other Public Rooms: There are rumours of a New York style, Art Deco “Rainbow Room”.
In conclusion, there are still some secrets to be revealed. However we now know about the ‘Dynamic Dining’ feature. ( http://wp.me/pfRKD-2tF )
The ‘Bumper Cars/Seaplex’ and the ‘North Star’ are the icing on the cake, but the cake itself appears to be pretty standard in design. Two70 is a very nice feature, but there are other ships with big observation lounges (although not so Hi-Tech of course). However with 18 dining choices it does not look like their will be much room for too many big ‘wow’ spaces? After all there is definitely no Central Park, no Boardwalk, no Studio ‘B’, no Royal Prom (as we know it) and no NCL style Waterfront.
Oasis is a VERY difficult act to follow with her unique split superstructure housing a park and boardwalk. On the other hand, maybe RCI may still manage to surprise us all in Quantum’s next reveal.