Royal Caribbean unveils new features in first Quantum Ultra ship

An aerial view of Spectrum's rendering

The first ship in Royal Caribbean International’s new Quantum Ultra Class will arrive in Asia next year, with sailings from Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Spectrum of the Seas has a total capacity of 5,622 guests and is 347m long, which will overtake sister ships Quantum and Ovation of the Seas, both currently Asia’s largest.

An aerial view of Spectrum’s rendering

She will come with first-at-sea features such as Sky Pad, a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience and the two-level Ultimate Family Suite with an in-room slide, as well as new dining concepts.

Debuting on the forward end of the ship is the cruise line’s first private enclave for suite guests. Guests booked in the suites will be able to enjoy card key access, a private elevator and outdoor space, as well as a dedicated restaurant and lounge.

Another highlight is the two-level, 261m2 Ultimate Family Suite for up to 11 guests. The three-bedroom suite will include a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom that extends above the sea level providing ocean views, and two additional suites. The ship will also come with an in-room slide and a recreation room, complete with surround sound equipment.

The ship will be the first among its sister ships to feature a karaoke venue. This will join returning features such as the North Star elevated glass capsule, RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator, the FlowRider surfing simulator, Bionic Bar, Seaplex, the largest indoor activity space at sea with new augmented reality walls and floors, and Two70 – a “high-tech entertainment venue” offering 270 degree panoramic views out of the back of the ship.

F&B options include a three-level main dining room serving a variety of international and Asian a la carte options, imaginative cuisine at Wonderland, Jamie’s Italian by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Izumi Japanese cuisine, a new speciality restaurant Sichuan Red, and a traditional tea room concept, Leaf and Bean.

Spectrum of the Seas will debut in April 2019 in Barcelona with segmented cruises on the Global Odyssey to Singapore before continuing on to Shanghai, taking guests to 13 countries.

She will sail the following itineraries from Singapore: a three-night cruise to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) on May 18; a four-night cruise to Penang on May 21; a nine-night one-way cruise from Singapore to Shanghai, calling at Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Hong Kong (with an overnight stay) on May 25.

For her Shanghai season from June 2019, she will introduce new itineraries with visits to new ports, such 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.

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