The newest ship to join the Royal Caribbean fleet, Quantum of the Seas, was unveiled at a splashy press conference in Manhattan this morning, and while Kristin Chenoweth, the godmother of the 4,180-passenger vessel, did her best to capture the spotlight, the biggest star of the show was an articulating observation arm inspired by London’s Millennium Eye.
The unprecedented attraction, dubbed North Star, will hoist as many as 13 guests as high as 300 feet above sea level for panoramic views. It’s just one of many new features on the ship, which will make its inaugural sail out of Bayonne, New Jersey, in the fall of 2014. Also on board: a simulated skydiving experience, a version of the line’s popular FlowRider surfing simulator, and “virtual balconies,” video screens that provide streaming views of the ship’s surroundings to interior cabins. All the new attractions are free to passengers.
The cruise line says Quantum‘s 16 newly designed “family connected” staterooms will offer more flexibility for multi-generational travel; there is also a new category of 12 “studio” staterooms with balconies and 16 interior “studio” staterooms, set aside for single travelers, a nod to this growing segment of cruisers.
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