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An Inside Look at the Most Insane Cruise Ship to Hit the Seas

 

Greg Keraghosian

Yahoo Travel

Associate Travel Editor


 

Aug‎ ‎27‎, ‎2014

 

If Royal Caribbean couldn’t hook you with a skydiving simulator, 300-foot-high observation pod, or bumper cars aboard the new ship Quantum of the Seas, they have an ace in the hole: a giant magenta polar bear.

 

The super cruise liner, which floated out of dry dock recently in Germany, will leave Southampton, England, November 2, for Cape Liberty, New Jersey. From there, it will take its maiden voyage of the Bahamas on November 23, with staterooms starting at $1,699 for the eight-night trip.

 

Quantum of the Seas’ numbers are prodigious: 167,800 tons, 2,090 cabins, 18 restaurants, a 450-seat entertainment venue with 270-degree panoramic sea views, and plenty more.

 

There will be a couple of cruise-ship firsts: a flexible observation capsule named North Star with views high atop the ship, and Ripcord, the skydiving simulator. There will also be a full-length production of the Broadway hit “Mamma Mia!”

 

And of course, the bear. The 30-foot, 8-ton steel sculpture, created by Lawrence Argent, will be displayed from the top deck as part of a 2,980-piece art collection.

Pictures do the ship justice better than words, so check out our slideshow for some of the over-the-top features aboard Quantum of the Seas. And prepare for more: its sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, debuts in April 2015.

 

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The ship: This month, Quantum of the Seas rolled out of dry dock from where it was built in Papenburg, Germany. It will be followed by two sister ships: the Anthem of the Seas in April 2015, and an unnamed ship in mid-2016

 

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The bear: “From Afar” is the name of this 30-foot, 8-ton, not-so-menacing bear sculpture made of 1,340 stainless-steel triangles. It’s created by Denver-based artist Lawrence Argent and will be posted on the top deck as part of a 2,980-piece, multi-million-dollar art collection named “What Makes Life Worth Living.”

 

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The North Star: This jewel-shaped glass capsule is the first of its kind on a cruise ship. It rises 300 feet from a giant arm, with a 360-degree view of the surroundings.

 

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The spectacle: Among the shows at Quantum of the Seas’ Two 70° entertainment venue will be Starwater, which an over-the-top production that includes dancers, singers, aerialists, and musicians, with generous special effects.

 

 

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The skydiving simulator: Another first aboard Quantum of the Seas is RipCord. It’s meant to be accessible for someone who’s never skydived, and it uses wind-tunnel technology in a glass chamber. After taking a training course you can take two one-minute flights: one practice and one freestyle.

 

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The SeaPlex: Royal Caribbean is billing this as the largest indoor active space at sea. It will include bumper cars, roller-skating, and a circus school with flying trapeze.

 

 

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The giant projections: If you thought your home-entertainment system was solid, you should check out the digital-projection display at Two70° aboard Quantum of the Seas. The floor-to-ceiling windows turn into giant screens that extend 20 feet tall and 100 feet wide and can change scenes on a dime.

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