Introducing “Quantum of The Seas” from Royal Caribbean
Note: Travel and accommodations were provided by Royal Caribbean. All words and photos are mine. Cover photo is courtesy of Royal Caribbean.
Child Mode was recently invited by Royal Caribbean to check out their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas – the first “smartship” in cruising. Nadia was unable to attend, so I was happy to go in her place and experience my first ever cruise. This was the first time people from the press and bloggers were able to tour the completed ship.
Sooooo… a lot of firsts.
The ship left from New York City and began a quick “cruise to nowhere,” as the Captain called it. Basically, we were treated to tours all around the vessel while we sailed straight out into the Atlantic, as opposed to the Bahamas and in China, which will be their regular ports of call. No matter – there was plenty to do on this huge ship during the few days we had on board.
(And when I say huge, I am not kidding. 18 decks and over 2,000 staterooms.)
While there was a definite level of sophistication to every aspect of the ship’s decor, I know Quantum of The Seas will be a blast for families too. Here are some of my favorite features…
Lawrence Argent Sculpture
Now nicknamed “Felicia” by Quantum’s crew, this big red bear has a special place in my heart because of Denver’s Big Blue Bear.
“I Can Fly” Skydiving At Sea
I gotta be honest, I was not brave enough to try this, but I bet my kid would be! They took groups of about 10, provided training, and had one person running the air in the tunnel while an instructor was in there helping adjust movements to fly as well as possible. It was a blast to just watch!
Various Pools and Water Sports
Quantum of The Seas had several different pools with different themes. A kiddie pool with Dreamworks characters (who also have scheduled appearances on board), a larger pool for bigger kids, a more elegant pool with a bar, and of course, several hot tubs. There is even the “Flow Rider” wave simulator pool to practice surfing!
Like I mentioned, this was my first time (ever!) on a cruise ship and I can see why it is so popular. You have everything in one place, but THEN, this amazing ship brings you to destinations as well!
In 2014 and early 2015, Quantum of the Seas will depart from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey and sail a range of itineraries throughout the Caribbean and the Bahamas, including Royal Caribbean’s own private beaches of Labadee and CocoCay. Later in 2015, Quantum of the Seas will sail in Asia from Shanghai, China. Check out the Royal Caribbean itineraries page for more info.
I have a few more posts coming, to talk about Quantum’s tech as well as dining and entertainment options in more detail. But, if you would like to check out all my photos from this press trip, here is my Flickr album. Thanks to Nadia and Royal Caribbean for letting me tag along!