ROYAL Caribbean has announced that its forthcoming Quantum of the Seas ship will be the first to offer bumper cars, simulated skydiving and an observation capsule called The North Star, with a bird’s-eye view 100 metres above the water.
“Without a doubt, Quantum of the Seas is a game changer, with technological innovations never imagined aboard a cruise ship,” said Stewart Chiron, at CruiseGuy.com.
Quantum will launch in November next year, with its home port in Cape Liberty, in Bayonne, New Jersey, with winter sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean executives said The North Star was inspired by the London Eye. The capsule can hold 14 people and is attached to a crane-like arm.
The skydiving attraction, called RipCord, uses a powerful wind flow to keep participants aloft while floating and spinning over an outdoor deck. “You’re not touching anything but the air,” said Adam Goldstein, chief executive and president of Royal Caribbean International.
An indoor complex called SeaPlex will host basketball, table tennis, trapeze instruction and bumper cars. The space converts to a dance floor for roller-skaters, with a DJ hovering above in a see-through pod. Another space, Two70, has a 270-degree panoramic view and will host aerialists.
All of Quantum’s interior cabins will have “virtual balconies” of LED screens with projected ocean views.
Tickets for Quantum’s first sailing will go on sale to the public on June 4. ©The Telegraph