Since RCI announce their new ship ‘Quantum of the Seas’ in February 2013, there has been much speculation about the ships facilities, because of the painfully slow revealing of the facts.
A major point of speculation was whether ‘Quantum’ would have ‘Royal Promenade’, similar to those on-board the Voyager, Freedom and Oasis class ships, or at least something similar. RCI did suggest that it would have.
RCI have just released a more detailed/higher resolution cut-away rendering which answers the question:
(Hi-Def – Click To Enlarge)
It would appear that Quantum’s design does not feature a ‘Royal Promenade’ as we know it.
‘Dynamic Dining’, like NCL’s ‘Freestyle’ requires that much of the ship is devoted to multiple dining rooms and multiple entertainment spaces. Unfortunately this leaves less internal space for large ‘Wow’ spaces that we have come to associate with RCI ships. (Cleverly some of Quantum’s wow features are on the upper deck, outside: Seaplex, I-Fly and North Star).
The cut-away shows that Quantum has a two-deck high walkway (deck 4 and 5) passing through her centre of the ship, for maybe half the length . There appears to be an upper and lower walkway. It has dining rooms, retail and entertainment venues on either side. It looks as if the two levels are linked by staircases. It appears not pass through the ship in a straight line, but deviate around venues, so you cannot see form one end of it to the other. There are definitely no cabins overlooking it.
Now we could have a long debate about what exactly constitutes a ‘Royal Promenade’. However let’s just say that it is not a RP as we have seen before on RCI ships. I believe the new space will lack the scale (length, Height and width) that we normally associate with a RP. It looks not a dissimilar linking-space to those that you will find on many new ships, like NCL’s ‘Breakaway’ and the ‘Celebrity Solstice’ designs. Not so much a street passing though the centre of the ship, but a large corridor. Same purpose, different design.
(RCI – “The Crossing”)
There is a vertical glass art-work (above, under the ‘M’ of ‘Quantum’) called “The Crossing” which encompasses a wall of 210 butterflies representing 30 species, each made of aluminium, stainless steel, acrylic and enamel.
Another art-work is the centrepiece of a rotunda (below), surrounded by 10 green chairs. RCI describe it as a sprawling, undulating structure titled “Waves of Light,” which explores the light’s potential as a structural element. (I think that they may need more than 10 chairs!)
(RCI – “Waves of Light”)
The top deck now features the Magenta Polar Bear statue called “From Afar” (below) outside the Seaplex, near the Rock Wall.
(RCI – “From Afar”)
RCI have been very brave. They have not only completely changed their dining system and dress code, they have changed their original ‘Royal Promenade’ concept and lost their signature venue, the ‘Royal Viking Crown’, replacing the latter with the Two70 Degree Lounge. The Music Hall, Seaplex, I-Fly and North Star are of course new innovations.
It still all adds up to be an exciting new ship.
(Disagree? post a message and tell me)