Royal Caribbean to debut new Spectrum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International unveiled what it is calling “groundbreaking” features for its new Spectrum of the Seas. The only challenge for U.S. travel agents is the ship will be introduced in China, not here, and those new features address demands from the Asian market.

Indeed, Royal Caribbean said that after a decade of growth and development in China, it is once again set to redefine vacations in the region with its newest ship, set to debut in June 2019. Back in 2014, Royal Caribbean launched Quantum of the Seas but quickly moved it to the Asian market just months after introducing it here. A second Quantum-class ship, Anthem of the Seas, made its debut in the U.S. less than a year later and continues to cater to the North American market.

Spectrum of the Seas, the first in the Quantum Ultra class of ships, will feature the cruise line’s first private enclave for suite guests, new stateroom categories, innovative dining concepts, and other new features and experiences.  With 4,246 guests double occupancy and 1,551 crew, Spectrum will be the largest ship in Asia when she sails from Shanghai next June.

“When Quantum of the Seas made her debut in Shanghai three years ago, it changed the face of cruising in China,” said Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean’s president and CEO. “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.”

Here’s a rundown of Spectrum of the Seas’ new features:

Sky Pad: When guests ride this virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, located on the aft of the ship, they will strap in and wear VR headsets that transport them to another time and planet. The experience, designed for guests of all ages, also can be enjoyed without headsets for those who prefer to look out over the ocean as they leap toward the sky.

Private Suite Enclave: Spectrum of the Seas will  introduce an exclusive suites-only area featuring Golden and Silver accommodations in a private enclave at the forward end of the ship on Decks 13 through 16. Guests booked in these luxury suites will have special keycard access, a private elevator and a dedicated restaurant and lounge. In addition to a range of amenities, suite guests will have access to The Balcony, a private outdoor space for sunbathing and relaxing, with the best views on board, and The Boutique, a shopping area where they can book private shopping experiences. This is the first time that Royal Caribbean has introduced a private enclave, similar to The Haven on Norwegian Cruise Line ships or the MSC Yacht Club on MSC Cruises vessels.

Ultimate Family Suite: For families that want to experience more quality time together, Spectrum of the Seas will introduce the two-level, 2,809-square-foot Ultimate Family Suite, accommodating up to 11 guests. The three-bedroom suite, which will include a master bedroom with a bathroom that extends over the side of the ship providing ocean views, along with two additional suites for grandparents and other family members. Kids have their own kid-friendly space on the upper level, complete with an in-suite slide that will transport them to the living area below. Everyone in the family can enjoy time together in the recreation room, featuring surround-sound equipment for a night of karaoke, movies or video games. This Ultimate Family Suite is similar to the one being introduced on Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s new Oasis-class vessel, which debuts this year.

Main Dining Room: The trend in cruising these days is to have multiple restaurants, but Spectrum of the Seas is going back to the future for its main dining option. The ship will feature a three-level main dining room with 1,844 seats to serve a variety of Chinese and Western a la carte options rotating each day of the sailing. For guests looking for a more casual venue, the Windjammer Marketplace, 20 percent larger than those on Quantum Class ships, will offer a wide buffet selection of Chinese and Western dishes, including noodles, pizza, Japanese teppanyaki and mini hot pot.

New Specialty Dining: Guests celebrating a special evening can enjoy a new specialty restaurant. Sichuan Red, located in the Royal Esplanade, serving authentic cuisine from the Sichuan province of China. Spectrum of the Seas’ other signature restaurants will include Wonderland’s Dadong, a new outpost of Chinese chef Dong Zhenxiang, renowned for his roast duck dish; Jamie’s Italian by British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver; Izumi Japanese cuisine; and Chops Grille. In addition, the new Leaf and Bean traditional tearoom and café parlor will debut on the Royal Esplanade. It will offer a range of authentic Chinese teas, classic coffee drinks as well as freshly baked Chinese and Western desserts and pastries.

New Entertainment Venues: New to Royal Caribbean and a first on Spectrum of the Seas is Star Moment, a karaoke venue where family and friends can sing like the stars. The cruise line also will enhance SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, where families can enjoy bumper cars, roller skating and basketball. The venue will now have augmented reality walls and floors, providing guests with high-tech interactive experiences.

Other innovations from existing Quantum class ships on board Spectrum of the Seas include the North Star, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean for incomparable panoramic views; RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator experience; and the FlowRider surfing simulator. Guests also can experience Spectrum’s cutting-edge entertainment venues, such as Two70 with its expansive floor-to-ceiling windows offering breath-taking 270-degree views of the ocean.

The venue returns with its signature Vistarama technology, which transforms the panoramic windows into a projection surface more than 100 feet wide and over 20 feet tall showcasing spectacular digital shows. Vistarama is complemented by six Roboscreens, each measuring over seven feet tall and controlled by robotic arms that create scenes as they soar and twist solo or as one. This state-of-the-art venue serves as a great room for relaxing by day and a multimedia entertainment spectacular by night.

New Asian Itineraries: Royal Caribbean will deliver a more diversified lineup of cruises in the Asia region for 2019, including new longer sailings to first-time destinations, weekend sailings for quick getaways, warm winter sailings to tropical destinations, and special holiday and festival sailings. Guests can choose from 27 itineraries featuring 23 destinations across three countries, departing from ports such as Shanghai, Tianjin, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.

When Spectrum of the Seas debuts in April 2019, she will begin by sailing a 51-night Global Odyssey from Barcelona, Spain to Shanghai, taking guests to 13 countries. Those guests with limited time also can choose to sail one or more of the five separate segments of the Global Odyssey. When Spectrum arrives at her new home in Shanghai next June, she will introduce new itineraries with visits to such new ports as Hakodate and Niigita, Japan; Ilocos, Philippines; and Vladivostok, Russia. In winter 2019, the ship will reposition to Hong Kong to offer special holiday cruises.

Separately, Quantum of the Seas, the first ship in the Quantum class, will sail her farewell season from Shanghai before moving to Tianjin in summer 2019. Voyager of the Seas is set to return to Hong Kong and Shenzhen for the summer and will sail a variety of itineraries calling on Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines. These new itineraries and more are now open for sale. For more information, call 800-ROYAL-CARIBBEAN or click on Royal Caribbean.


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