Quantum of the Seas, the first smart ship of the world

Brazalete que sustituye el SeaCards en el Quantum of the Seas. Foto: Royal Caribbean

New RFID WOWband Quantum of the Seas/Royal Caribbean

The Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, incorporates unprecedented levels of technology that will change the cruise industry.

“Cruise vacations have a romantic past – but they also have a lively, adventurous, state-of-the-art future,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  “We were determined to take the best advances in modern technology, turn them into shipboard WOWs, and take the frustration out of the vacation.  This ship’s combination of ease and flexibility would make a yoga instructor proud.”

Here you have some industry first that will make this ship, “the first smart ship of the world”

Smart Check-In and you will be able to track your luggage

A Quantum vacation begins at home, where guests can generate boarding documents online, upload their own ID photo, and receive digital boarding confirmation.  By the time they arrive at the cruise terminal for departure, Royal Caribbean guests can go from “sidewalk to ship” in 10 minutes with no check-in counter, no forms to fill out and no lines to stand in.

Guests will be able to track luggage in real time on their smartphones.  Luggage will be tagged curbside with RFID technology at drop-off, and guests can monitor their bags’ progress through key points en route to the stateroom.  On departure, the process is reversed.

Smart Concierge: Flexibility at your fingertips

The ship will offer new RFID WOWband wristbands, which require only a simple tap to quickly navigate the ship, make onboard purchases, serve as the room key and more.  There will be two new apps that put guests in charge of their cruise choices: Cruise Planner, which allows guests to research and book dining reservations, shore excursions, spa appointments and more before their vacation begins; and Royal iQ, available as a downloadable app and provided at freestanding iQ stations around the ship.  Royal iQ allows guests to manage details during the cruise, includes a convenient calendar that provides at-a-glance views of their program, and keep in touch with one another and home via phone and text capabilities.

Smart Connect: Downloads at the speed of modern life

Quantum of the Seas will operate with unprecedented bandwidth using satellites launched by tech partner O3b Networks.  With speeds that match fast broadband connections onshore, guests can be online 24/7, no matter what personal device they bring onboard.  Guests can watch streaming video, check email, share images on social media and enjoy face-to-face video conversations.

In addition, Quantum’s connectivity makes it possible for one of the SeaPods in SeaPlex to become a live global video gaming suite where guests can enjoy Xbox Live and compete with other gamers worldwide.

Quantum of the Seas, Bar Bionico. Foto: Royal Caribbean

Quantum of the Seas, Bionic Bar/Royal Caribbean

Smart Experiences: Shaking martinis and spinning screens

Technology also powers surprise-and-delight elements on Quantum of the Seas.  A brand new venue, Bionic Bar, is set to make waves with robots at center stage.  Guests place orders via tablets and then have fun watching robotic bartenders hard at work mixing cocktails.

Robots drive another entertaining feature on Quantum of the Seas.  Two70 is home to a playful and agile troupe of six Roboscreens that stage surprise performances during every cruise, creating scenes while soaring and twisting solo, or uniting as one.  Guests will also experience Vistarama, floor-to-ceiling glass walls that transform into an expansive ambient surface that projects any scene, real or imagined, including the multidimensional performance spectacle, Starwater.

Guest staterooms are equipped with device-charging USB outlets, as well as energy efficient and environmentally friendly lighting systems. Interior accommodations are outfitted with Virtual Balconies that display real-time sights and sounds of the sea through 80-inch LED screens, ensuring every stateroom has a view.

Smart Service: Crew can connect better with guests and with home

The technology benefits of Quantum of the Seas extend to the ship’s crew.  Custom apps will allow crew members to keep better track of guests’ tastes and preferences, allowing staff to tailor their already remarkably personalized service to an even higher degree.  And the ship’s remarkable capabilities give the company an opportunity to make life better for crew members too, since Royal Caribbean will present every crew member on Quantum of the Seas with a free, personal Microsoft Windows tablet, with a suite of services and apps that is theirs to keep.

And as technology upgrades are made across the company’s fleet, every shipboard employee in the entire Royal Caribbean International fleet will also receive their own tablet, a total of 40,000 tablets.

Smart Sustainability: Cleaner and greener

Sophisticated computer modeling was used to reduce the vessel’s energy consumption with efficient hull configuration, engine design and energy saving devices.  The ship has eliminated the use of incandescent bulbs; all lighting will be provided by low-energy LED or fluorescents and motion sensors even dim hallway lighting when no one is present.

The Quantum Class spans 18 decks, encompasses 167,800 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms. Quantum of the Seas will sail out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty for her inaugural season before departing to her new homeport of Shanghai (Baoshan), China. Anthem of the Seas will debut in Southampton, U.K. in April 2015 sailing Mediterranean itineraries.

Celebrate Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

Halloween on the High Seas. Foto: Disney Cruise Line

Halloween on the High Seas. Foto: Disney Cruise Line

If you are planning to sail in one of the Disney Ships from September through October, you are going to find frightfully fun events and activities, special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants and themed parties on deck.

Halloween on the High Seas takes place on most voyages aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships. The special experiences include:

Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a celebration in addition to Pirate Night with games, dancing and lots of candy! Beloved Disney characters, wearing special Halloween costumes just for the occasion, will join guests for this fun-filled costume party.

A Nightmare Before Christmas-Sing and Scream, an interactive movie experience where guests are part of the action, followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally.

Haunted Stories of the Sea, where the bravest cruisers gather under the stars to hear some true, or not so true, tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain storyteller.

Creepy Cabaret, a party in the atrium featuring favorite Halloween-themed music performed live by a band of ghostly musicians.
Spooky Movies: To get guests into the spirit of the season, Halloween-themed movies will be shown in Buena Vista Theatre, on Funnel Vision by the family pool and in guest staterooms.

Costume contest for adults too. Because Halloween is not only for kids.

Some very special treats for Halloween, as chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes and “Spooky Juice.”

Disney Magic-Sails three, five and seven night Bahamian and Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 27 to Oct. 26

Disney Wonder-Sails four, five and six night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 26 to Oct. 31

Disney Dream-Sails three and four night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 7 to Oct. 31

Disney Fantasy-Sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 6 to Oct. 25.

Tips de cruceros: ¿Cómo saber si los restaurantes tienen disponibilidad en los barcos donde no hay turnos fijos de comida?

Pizarra electrónica para disponibilidad en restaurantes. Foto: Gregorio Mayi

Pizarra electrónica para disponibilidad en restaurantes del crucero. Foto: Gregorio Mayi

¿Cómo saber si los restaurantes tienen disponibilidad en los barcos donde no hay turnos fijos de comida?

Hay varias opciones, incluyendo pasar por el restaurant a la hora que quieres comer y registrarte al frente. Ellos te darán un “pager” o aparato electrónico que te avisa cuando tu mesa está lista. Por lo regular la espera no es mucha.

Muchos barcos tienen pizarras electrónicas, donde puedes ver disponibilidad.

Una buena alternativa es no ir a la hora que los abren, tienden a estar más llenos, si no en horas intermedias.

MSC Cruises orders two “futuristic cruise ships”

Seaside es el proyecto nuevo de MSC Cruises. Foto MSC Cruises.

Seaside/MSC Cruises.

MSC Cruises ordered two new cruise ships with an option for one more. The new prototype will named “Seaside”, will be built in Fincantieri and will be the largest cruise ship ever built by the Italian shipyard.

The 154,000 ton vessels will cost E700 million each. The first will be delivered to MSC Cruises in November 2017 and the second in May 2018. Will boast 2,070 guest cabins and will accommodate up to 5,300 passengers plus 1,413 crew members.

The two ships will be a generation of cruise ships that will be completely different from an architectural point of view and “revolutionary in their structure, unlike anything that exists on the market today,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises. “Seaside is a futuristic prototype because of its structure, shape and versatility. Working closely with Fincantieri we are getting ready for the new and compelling challenge that the construction of these ships represents. It will be a real revolution in the world’s cruise market, an excellent product for its unique and innovative architectural features and cutting-edge technology.”

The new ships will be able to dock in any port around the world and presents unique features such as a sea-level promenade that circumnavigates the sides of the ship with outdoor spaces, shops and restaurants. In addition, Seaside will also feature a spacious theatre, a terraced balcony and panoramic lifts with sea views.

The technological innovations will included, among other things, further reduce fuel consumption by 25%. MSC Cruises will double the capacity of their fleet by 2022.

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