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Friday, June 14, 2013

New Royal Caribbean ship will be like nothing else afloat

An observation capsule that extends 300 feet out over the sea will give passengers on the Quantum of the Seas a birds eye view.

When Royal Caribbean launches its Quantum of the Seas in November next year, would-be cruisers are sure to be dazzled by  features entirely new in the cruise industry. Those who have often cruised with the line before got first crack at tickets, which went on sale in May. Others have been able to book since June 4.

An observation capsule called the North Star can be seen in the mockup photo distributed by the cruise line. Inspired by the huge London Eye Ferris wheel at the edge of the Thames, it's a capsule that will give 14 people a bird's eye view of the ship from 300 feet above the water. The  Quantum will be smaller  than its sister ships, the Allure and the Oasis (of the Seas) and carry just 4,180 passengers. The new ship will also have a recreation complex designed for basketball, ping pong and trapeze instruction which converts to a floor for roller skating. The ship will also have bumper cars, simulated skydiving and rooms designed specifically for single travelers.

It will be based in New Jersey so cruise passengers won't have to fly to take a cruise.

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