There’s a growing demand for cruise vacations in Asia, and the first ship in Royal Caribbean’s highly anticipated new Quantum Class, the Quantum of the Seas, will make Shanghai, China, its home port beginning in summer 2015. The new ship will join two other Royal Caribbean ships in Asia, the Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas. The Quantum’s 2,090 staterooms will increase the cruise line’s capacity in the region by 66 percent.
Before heading to China, the new ship will make its inaugural sailing from the Cape Liberty cruise port in Bayonne, NJ, this November. Through April 2015, the Quantum of the Seas will sail a variety of itineraries to the Bahamas, including a “Holidays in The Bahamas” cruise December 20-27; and to the Caribbean, calling on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and Barbados.
In May, the Quantum of the Seas will cross the Atlantic to Barcelona, Spain, then on to Dubai via the Suez Canal. At the end of May, the ship will reposition to Singapore before sailing on to Shanghai.
To meet the continuing demand for cruises departing from the New York City area, Royal Caribbean will move the Liberty of the Seas to Cape Liberty for the summer and fall of 2015. A second Quantum Class ship, Anthem of the Seas, is scheduled to sail from Cape Liberty for the winter 2015-2016 cruise season.
Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships will boast some exciting, first-at-sea onboard experiences, including a skydiving simulator and the North Star, a glass capsule that will transport guests more than 300 feet in the air for spectacular views. New onboard venues will include SeaPlex, an indoor sports and entertainment complex with bumper cars, roller skating and more.
Quantum-class ships will also do away with traditional dining rooms to offer a new type of dining experience called Dynamic Dining. There will be flexible dining options and 18 different restaurants, including specialty restaurants created with chefs Jamie Oliver, Devin Alexander and Michael Schwartz.
Royal Caribbean has not yet revealed where the Quantum of the Seas will go when it sails from Shanghai, but the itineraries are sure to feature some of the most desirable destinations in Asia. Ask Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, to keep you informed of opportunities to sail on this exciting new ship.