The announcement of Royal Caribbean’s newest builds Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas last month had the entire industry and cruise fans in a flutter and now the line has announced a competition to see Quantum’s godmother Kristen Chenoweth when she tours Australia in June.
The talented Ms Chenoweth not only takes centre stage in this role of a lifetime as godmother, but she has had a hands on part in launching Royal’s newest ship as the star of their teaser film and the co-host of their worldwide launch.
Along with being the original fairy godmother, Glinda, in the musical “Wicked” the Emmy and Tony Award winner has featured in over 40 film and television roles.
To win a double ticket to “Kristen Chenoweth in Concert” in Australia, fans simply have to caption an image posted on the Royal Caribbean Australian and New Zealand Facebook pageand send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org along with their full name, address, contact phone number and email address.
As for Quantum of the Seas, the game-changing firsts seem to keep rolling out from Royal Caribbean and the list was lengthy for the first in their two Quantum class of ships which is slated for launch in autumn 2014.
Her sister Anthem of the Seas will launch in spring 2015 and both will span 18-decks, weigh 167,8000 gross tonnes, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms.
Quantum will homeport out of Cape Liberty in the New York Harbour and sail on seven- to 12-night itineraries with bookings available to Crown and Anchor members from 27 May 2013 and the general public on 4 June.
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The world’s first skydiving experience at sea will suit first-timers and pros when they take to the safe and controlled environment that is the RipCord.
This jewel-shaped glass capsule extends out over the sides of the ship 300-feet above the ocean to offer unprecedented 360-degree views. I’m putting my money on this being a fave spot for wedding proposals!
Named for its 270-degree views over the ocean, Two70° is a multi-level room offering floor-to-ceiling
windows that spans three decks at the stern of the ship.
Offering a spot to relax and take in the view during the day, the venue will transform into a mystical wonderland with multi-dimensional entertainment in the evening from aerialists to live performers.
Taking the cake as the largest indoor activity centre at sea, the SeaPlex will offer something for everyone.
A circus school with flying trapeze, roller skating rink and a full-size regulation basketball court sounds pretty awesome, but it’s the dodgem cars that got me. Yes, Royal Caribbean is introducing the world’s first dodgem cars at sea when Quantum of the Seas takes to the ocean – and you can drive along to your favourite tunes spun from a DJ in a floating DJ booth!
This two-deck performance venue will offer DJs, theme night parties, billiards and live performances all in a rock and roll theme.
Not only will Quantum of the Seas introduce staterooms that are, on average, nine percent larger than her Oasis-class sister, but she will also offer group-friendly cabins that are available in any number of configurations.
My pick for family or group cruisers is the ‘Family Connected’ stateroom that offers more flexibility by using three different stateroom categories which connect to form a special layout that provides separate bedrooms and bathrooms for all.
And for those after more than a little bit of luxury, you can’t go past the ‘Royal Loft Suite’ – aka my idea of heaven! This two-level suite offers a spacious dining room and living room area for entertaining, a private deck and breathtaking views of the ocean.
Royal Caribbean has also taken a leaf out of Disney’s book and will offer ‘Virtual Balcony’ staterooms that bring a balcony indoors for those inside staterooms that can feel a tad claustrophobic.
A full wall in the stateroom will offer real-time views of the ocean and the myriad destinations visited. I wonder how many people will walk into it after a few cocktails?
Solo cruisers will be catered for with special studio staterooms, some featuring balconies as well.
Adults can relax in the solarium that features not only an outdoor pool but also a new indoor pool with retractable roof.
The kids can have fun in the H2O Zone aqua park and young and old can test their skill at the Flow-Rider which will return to the Quantum Class of ships.
What do you think of the plans for Quantum of the Seas? Is this the style of ship you would book a cruise on? What are your favourite features?
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