New entertainment options will include karaoke venue Star Moment and the FlowRider surfing simulator (Image: Royal Caribbean)
Royal Caribbean International’s new ship Spectrum of the Seas is to feature the line’s first-ever exclusive suites-only area, the fleet’s first live karaoke venue, a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, new stateroom categories and reimagined dining options.
Currently under construction at Neptun Werft’s shipyard in Rostock, Germany, Spectrum of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s first Quantum Ultra class ship and has been specifically designed for guests in China and the wider Asia Pacific region.
The ship will debut Royal Caribbean’s first exclusive suites-only area, which will feature the Golden and Silver suite accommodations in a private enclave at the forward end of the ship. Guests booked in these suites will have keycard access, a private elevator and access to dedicated restaurant and lounge, and a private outdoor sun lounge called The Balcony. Suite guests will also benefit from a range of exclusive amenities and private shopping experiences in The Boutique.
Like her recently launched sister ship Symphony of the Seas, the 4,246-guest Spectrum of the Seas will have a two-level, 2,809-square-foot Ultimate Family Suite that can accommodate up to 11 guests. The three-bedroom suite will include a master bedroom with a bathroom that extends over the side of the ship and two additional suites. The upper level has space for children and is connected to the living area on the lower level by a slide. The suite also ahs a recreations room with a surround-sound system for karaoke, movies and video games.
Innovative dining venues will include a three-level main dining room with 1,844 seats serving a variety of Chinese and Western à la carte options and Windjammer Marketplace, which will be 20% larger than on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class ships and offer a selection of Chinese and Western buffet dishes.
Guests can also enjoy a new speciality restaurant, Sichuan Red, located in the Royal Esplanade, which will serve authentic cuisine from China’s Sichuan province. Also making its debut on the Royal Esplanade is the Leaf and Bean traditional tea room and café parlour, which will offer a range of authentic Chinese teas, classic coffee drinks and Chinese and Western desserts.
New entertainment options will include karaoke venue Star Moment; North Star, a glass capsule that takes guests over 300 feet above the ocean for panoramic views; the RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator experience; and the FlowRider surfing simulator.
The cruise line also will enhance SeaPlex – the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea where guests can enjoy bumper cars, roller skating and basketball – with new augmented reality walls and floors.
Spectrum of the Seas will also offer the Quantum class's signature multi-level Two70 entertainment venue that uses Vistarama technology to project digital shows onto floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. The venue will also have six roboscreens that can be moved using robotic arms during shows.
“When Quantum of the Seas made her debut in Shanghai three years ago, it changed the face of cruising in China,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Fast forward to today, and we are revealing just how we’ll transform the cruise vacation market, yet again, with the debut of Spectrum of the Seas. The introduction of our highly anticipated Quantum Ultra Class will represent a quantum leap forward in ship design and experiences specifically tailored to Chinese guests.”
Following her ldebut in April 2019, Spectrum of the Seas will sail a 51-night Global Odyssey from Barcelona, Spain to Shanghai, China that takes guests to destinations in 13 countries. The vessel will then sail a series of new itineraries from her new Shanghai homeport from June 2019, taking guests to new ports, such as Hakodate and Niigita, Japan; Ilocos, Philippines; and Vladivostok, Russia. The vessel will then reposition to Hong Kong for the winter.
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