Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas unveiled

Liberty_of_the_Seas_La_Spezia_(_Royal_Caribbean_International)Quantum of the Seas, the first in the new Quantum class, is scheduled to be introduced in November and will have her maiden voyage from Bayonne, New Jersey.  Ordered in early 2011, the ship is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Built on a legacy of innovation and creative design, the 1,141-foot long, 16-decked cruise ship will carry 4,180 passengers and will be the first to boast new features such as an observation capsule called the North Star, the first skydiving simulator at sea, bumping cars, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, larger more advanced staterooms, virtual balconies providing real-time views of the sea from high-tech walls.

The North Star is a jewel-shaped glass capsule, ascending guests over 300 feet above sea level. They say it was inspired by the London Eye. The North Star can carry up to 13 passengers at a time and offers them breathtaking 360-degree views from birth eye of the ocean, the ship and the port. The 15-minute journey is available at sea as well as in port. The most spectacular and sought-after journeys are expected to be at sunrise and sunset.

After spending six months in the New York market, Quantum at the Seas will set an epic 53-night journey and call Shanghai home port. The ship will set sail on May 2, 2015 from New York on the nearly 2-month journey.

While heading to China the cruise ship will sail via the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and then a passage through the Suez Canal to Indian Ocean and Asia. Along the way, Quantum of the Seas will make port-of-call stops at almost 2 dozens ports including Barcelona, Dubai, India, Oman, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Built into the 53-night trip, there are five other mini-sailings from three to 16 nights that you can choose from.

Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum of the Seas to offer 300ft panoramic view trough the jewel-shaped, glass capsule North Star

The North Star: The observation capsule

The bubble-like structure, which was inspired by the London Eye, will feature on brand new ship Quantum of the Seas and will give those brave enough to be hoisted high above the ocean incredible 360-degree views.

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300 ill on a Royal Caribbean cruiseship

For a second time in less than a week Royal Caribbean has to deal with a virus spreading on one of their cruise ships. More than 300 people, passengers and crew, on the Explorer of the Seas have complains of diarrhea and vomiting. There are 3,050 passengers and 1,165 crew members aboard the ship, the Explorer of the Seas, whose home port is at Bayonne, NJ.

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Janet Diaz, spokesperson for Royal Caribbean International, told CNN that the ship skipped a planned stop in Haiti on Saturday and sailed directly to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it underwent an extensive sanitizing.

Just last week, more than 50 passengers and crew members became sick on the Majesty of the Seas on a 4 night cruise to Key West and the Bahamas. The norovirus was pointed as cause of the illness on the Majesty and the case is probably the same with the Explorer. The norovirus is easily spread on cruise ships with the tight confines of the vessels.  Affects of the illness are generally vomiting and diarrhea and it usually lasts between 24-72 hours.

The nororvirus is a common illness on cruise ships and other places where many people share limited space. U.S. cruise lines had seven norovirus outbreaks in 2013, a decrease from a high total of 35 in 2006. The CDC says approximately 21 million people fall ill with from the norovirus bug every year in the United States.

The CDC said Royal Caribbean officials have taken action, including increasing disinfection procedures and preparing new crew members to join the ship mid-voyage, so passengers will probably experience a little discomfort but will be taken good care of.

Royal Caribbean offers a variety of Bahamas and Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral.

New Port Canaveral Terminal to bring bigger cruise ships

portcanaveral1Port Canaveral is already one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Disney, Norwegian, Carnival and Royal Caribbean all have ships based at Port Canaveral. It is also a port of call for many cruise ships. Last week the port officials announced plans for a new cruise complex. It will be constructed next year at the cost of $ 85 million.

The 185,000 square foot terminal at Port Canaveral will be the first modern one on the south side of the port’s ship channel. It will be adjacent to the port’s newly opened Exploration Tower, as well as the shops and restaurants on that side of the port. “Cruise visitors will be able to walk outside the terminal to enjoy port destination options or depart from the terminal and Exploration Tower to enjoy area excursions,” said John Walsh, the port’s director. Announcements regarding tenants for the new $85 million terminal, which comes with its own 1,000-space parking garage, are expected soon, Walsh added.

The port also added a terminal in 2012 at a cost of $ 65 million, bringing the total number of berths up to seven. We are planning four new terminals during the next 10-15 years. One is 2014-2015, one will replace [terminals 3 and 4] in 2016-2017 and then two added terminals likely in 2021 and 2025 based on current trends. We also will have terminal expansion coming for [cruise terminals 5 and 10].” Walsh said.

The 185,000 square foot terminal at Port Canaveral will be the first modern one on the south side of the port’s ship channel. It will be adjacent to the port’s newly opened Exploration Tower, as well as the shops and restaurants on that side of the port. “Cruise visitors will be able to walk outside the terminal to enjoy port destination options or depart from the terminal and Exploration Tower to enjoy area excursions,” said John Walsh, the port’s director.

Royal Caribbean has released details on the newest addition to its fleet set to sail next year, the Quantum of the Seas, an 18-deck ship that can carry 4,180 guests“The new cruise terminal complex will handle the largest cruise ships currently sailing as well as the 6,000-passenger vessels in design,” reads a press release from the port. This words started speculations. The only vessel of this class „currently in design” is the unnamed third Oasis-class ship of Royal Caribbean. Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd says we shouldn’t read too much into that information. „The same reference was made when the new Kai Tak passenger terminal was opened in Hong Kong harbor last year.” he commented.

Another possibility for the new terminal is Anthem of the Seas – the second of three 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger next generation Royal Caribbean cruise ships to debut, will launch spring 2015 with 2,090 cabins. Royal is expected soon to announce the home port and itineraries for the Anthem.

One thing is for sure – Port Canaveral keeps growing and getting better.

A Delightful Cruise

Have you ever wanted to escape from the busy, loud life and have a bit of relaxation and tranquility? If you think that the best way to feel the complete serenity is near the ocean your way for relaxation is the cruise. Royal Carribean offers you all you need and even more!

On the board there are plenty of ways to do. If seek total tranquility the Vitality Spa offers you several ways to forget about the stress. Facial treatments, exfoliating body masks, using natural ingredients that cleanse and stimulate your body systems, deep tissue massages,  acupuncture, heated beds, showers, hair or nail services and much more…

There are activities that will keep you fit. As the FlowRider – Royal Carribean are the only one that gives you the opportunity to catch the waves while you are onboard.  You can show yours surfing skills at the 40-foot-long surf simulator, or you can take a private lesson and then show what you have learned! You can also try the rock climbing. No matter if you are beginner or speed climber, you can try the 40-feet wall and enjoy the unbelievable view from there! Even though  you are on a cruise travel that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun on ice – put on the skates that and show some moves on the ice skating rink! If ice skating makes you cold then you can skate at the inline skating track. Or you can have some fun on.. grass! On the mini-golf court the green field will make you overlook the blue sea!

On the board you can also learn very useful things like learning useful phrases, greetings or questions  on different popular languages, take dancing classes – salsa, hip hop, swing – now you rule the dancefloor! Learn how to use your senses to distinguish and savor the complexity of fine wines from cabernets to ports, syrah to chardonnay. Or learn to cook dishes compatible to the wines and how to make surprise romantic dinner for the loved one: learn from best chefs how to turn fresh ingredients into delightful appetizers, main dishes or desserts and get easy and useful tips for your savoury dishes. To complete the romantic  atmosphere for the dinner you should also learn how to fold the napkins in an elegant designs.

You can reach all these enjoyments very easy as the car service drives you just to port canaveral, where the journey begins!