Quantum of the Seas is the most high- tech cruise ship yet, and it was unveiled in Southampton ahead of its maiden voyage.
Well, now let’s look inside the year’s hottest new cruise ship.
Among them are a cocktail bar manned by a robotic arm, virtual views on LED screens posing as cabin windows. And it has a skydiving simulator, an app to oversee planned activities, a wristband to organize purchases, on-board bumper cars and, 18 decks, a huge mechanical arm that lifts an observation capsule 300ft above the waves.
After its maiden voyage the ship will sail to and from the Caribbean during the 2014-15 season before relocating to Shanghai
Debut: Quantum of the Seas’ inaugural two-day voyage will take it from Southampton to a port near New York
Crown jewel: North Star, a glass observation capsule suspended from a giant arm, lifts passengers 300ft above sea level
North Star: The passenger pod, similar to the capsules on the London Eye, offers 360-degree panoramic views of the ocean
Over the ocean: Royal Caribbean International’s North Star capsule is the first of its kind
Final touches: Last-minute adjustments are made inside the North Star pod just days before its maiden voyage
Luxury: Quantum of the Seas boasts 18 decks and has room for 4,180 guests
What’s your poison? Quantum of the Seas boasts robot bartenders, the first of their kind anywhere in the world
Royal Caribbean’s brand new cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, arrives in Southampton
In addition to a skydiving simulator, the 1,142ft ship boasts a surf simulator, rock climbing wall and venues for live performances
A member of staff demonstrates the RipCord by iFLY skydiving simulator at the back of Quantum of the Seas
When Two70 becomes an entertainment venue at night, it uses six ‘roboscreens’ that move or unite as one to entertain passengers
Billed as ‘the world’s most futuristic and advanced ship’, Quantum of the Seas is the first of three new Quantum class vessels
Diners will have no shortage of options when their stomachs start to growl, as the ship boasts 18 restaurants
Located next to a rock-climbing wall, the jewel of the ship’s art collection is a 30-foot magenta polar bear on the exterior deck
Touted as the world’s first smartship, Quantum of the Seas is the most high-tech cruise ship in the world
A view of the top deck of the Quantum of the Seas, the newest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet
The lift shaft inside Quantum of the Seas spans 15 floors
“The adverts always show the facilities with hardly anyone using them. No crowds waiting to have their ‘go’ on anything, no problems getting a seat around the pool, no waiting for a waiter to get a drink.”
So do you still want to join in? Whatever, it is your call. And, next year, the second Quantum class ship will sail between Southampton and the Mediterranean.