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Spectrum of the Seas, Revealed

June 13, 2018

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‘Spectrum of the Seas’ is Royal Caribbean’s  first “Quantum Ultra” class of ship and will enter service in spring 2019.

She will be the first of the line’s ships to have a private suite area. She will also get new features and dining concepts and more for its 4,246 guests. The ship debuts in Shanghai next June.

The exclusive suites-only area, which will feature the exquisite Golden and Silver suite accommodations in a private enclave at the forward end of the ship on decks 13 through 16.

Vacationers booked in these luxury suites will have special keycard access, a private elevator and a dedicated restaurant and lounge. In addition to a range of exclusive amenities, guests will have access to The Balcony – a private outdoor space.

The ship will get a three-level main dining room with 1,844 seats to serve a variety of Chinese and Western a la carte options rotating each day of the sailing. For guests looking for a more casual venue, the Windjammer Marketplace – 20 percent larger than those on other Quantum Class ships – will offer a wide buffet selection of Chinese and Western dishes, including noodles, pizza, Japanese teppanyaki and mini hot pot.

Other specialty venues include Wonderland’s Dadong, a new outpost of Chinese chef Dong Zhenxiang, renowned for his much-coveted roast duck dish; Jamie’s Italian by British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver; Izumi Japanese cuisine; and Chops Grille will join the lineup as well. In addition, the new Leaf and Bean traditional tea room and café parlor will debut on the Royal Esplanade. The spot will offer a range of authentic Chinese teas, classic coffee drinks as well as freshly baked Chinese and Western desserts and pastries. Also for the local market there will be an energetic karaoke.

Royal Caribbean will enhance SeaPlex – the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea where families can enjoy bumper cars, roller skating and basketball – with new augmented reality walls and floors. Spectrum of the Seas will feature new experiences, including the iconic Sky Pad, a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience located on the aft of the ship. Guests will strap in and don their VR headset to transport them to another time and planet. (The Sky Pad will be added to nine additional ships.)

Spectrum of the Seas will also feature the Ultimate Family Suite, which debuted on Symphony of the Seas.

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(Courtesy RCI)

Malcolm says: An all-suites complex has of course been pioneered by the likes of NCL (The Haven) and MCS (The Yacht Club) and have proved to be very popular with guests and of course command a premium fare.

As for ‘one large main dining room’, this confirms the death of ‘Dynamic Dining’, RCI’s attempt to copy NCL’s ‘Freestyle’ dining system. However if RCI fans wanted an NCL experience they would have booked a cruise with NCL, NOT RCI.  I always felt that the ‘Quantum’ class felt more like an NCL ship than an RCI one, see my review:

Windjammer Marketplace (the buffet) will be 20% bigger,  which might suggest the other ‘Quantum’ Class ships have a buffet that are too small!  However the dining have been completely revamped in the move away form ‘Dynamic Dining’.

‘Anthem of the Seas’ review: HERE

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RCI’s Passion & Pulse To be LNG Powered

March 24, 2017

(Courtesy RCI)

Royal Caribbean’s fourth ‘Quantum’ class ship (actually called ‘Quantum-Plus’ class) will be named ‘Passion of the Seas’ and will be delivered by Meyer Werft, Germany, in 2019.

Their fifth ‘Quantum-Plus’ class ship, to be named ‘Pulse of the Seas’, will be deliver in 2020.

It has been strongly rumored that both ships will be LNG powered, in keeping with many newbuilds form other major cruise lines, such as Carnival and MSC.

Royal Caribbean’s next class of ship, currently shrouded in secrecy, know as ‘Project Icon’ will also be LNG powered.

Quantum Class: Anthem of the Seas review HERE