Royal Caribbean has revealed exciting details on their upcoming ship that’s being built for the Chinese market, Spectrum of the Seas.
The first in the Quantum Ultra class of ships, Spectrum will feature the line’s first private area for suite guests, new stateroom categories, dining concepts, and experience – many of which have never been seen before at sea. The vessel will hold 4,246 guests, and will be the largest in Asia when she sails from Shanghai starting in June 2019.
First seen on Mariner and Independence of the Seas, the ship will include Sky Pad – a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience located on the ship’s aft. Guests strap in and don their VR headset to transport them to another time and planet. For those that aren’t sure about the virtual reality aspect, the bungee attraction can also be used without them, which provides beautiful ocean views instead.
Old Favorites & Fresh New Dining Concepts
Spectrum of the Seas will boast a three-level main dining room, with a whopping 1,844 seats to serve a variety of Chinese and Western dishes that rotate each day. As always, the Windjammer Marketplace buffet will also be onboard, but this one will be 20 percent larger than those on the Quantum class ships. It will feature a variety of Chinese and Western dishes, including noodles, pizza, Japanese teppanyaki, and mini hot pot.
Specialty restaurants onboard will include:
- Sichuan Red – authentic cuisine from the Sichuan province of China
- Wonderland’s Dadong – a new outpost of Chinese chef Dong Zhenxiang, known for his famous roast duck dish
- Jamie’s Italian – rustic, family-style Italian eatery by British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver
- Izumi – a variety of Japanese fare made with the freshest ingredients
- Chops Grille – an American-style steakhouse
- Leaf and Bean – a new traditional tea room and café parlor with a range of authentic Chinese teas, classic coffee drinks, and fresh Chinese and Western desserts and pastries.
Private Suite Enclave
The first Quantum Ultra ship will debut Royal’s first suites-only area, featuring the Golden and Silver suites in a private enclave at the forward end of the ship on decks 13 through 16. Those booked in these cabins will have special keycard access, a private elevator, and a dedicated restaurant and lounge. They will also have access to The Balcony, a private outdoor space for relaxing with the best views onboard, and The Boutique, a shopping area where guests can book private shopping experiences.
For families, Spectrum of the Seas will also include a two-level, 2,809-square-foot Ultimate Family Suite, which debuted aboard Symphony of the Seas earlier this year. The suite has three bedrooms and can hold up to 11 guests. Kids have their own space on the upper level, including a slide that will take them to the living area below. Everyone in the family can enjoy the recreation room, with surround-sound equipment for a night of karaoke, movies, or video games.
New to Royal Caribbean is Star Moment, a lively karaoke venue where guests can belt out their favorite tunes. The line will also enhance the SeaPlet – a large indoor sports and entertainment complex with bumper cars, roller skating, and basketball – with augmented reality walls and floors for high-tech interactive experiences.
The ship will also feature the popular North Star, which debuted on the Quantum class ships. This glass capsule takes travelers over 300 feet into the air for panoramic views. Also onboard will be the FlowRider surfing simulator; RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator; and the Two70 venue with floor-to-ceiling windows that transforms and hosts a variety of experiences throughout the day.
Itineraries in Asia
Royal Caribbean will have a diverse lineup of cruises in Asia for 2019, including longer sailings, first-time destinations, and weekend cruises. There will be 27 unique itineraries to choose from, featuring 23 destinations across three countries departing from a number of ports.
When Spectrum debuts in April 2019, she will operate a 51-night Global Odyssey from Barcelona to Shanghai, traveling to 13 countries. There will also be segments to choose from, for guests who may not want to be onboard for the entire voyage. In June she will arrive in Shanghai and introduce new itineraries with visits to new ports, including Hakodate and Niigita, Japan; Ilocos, Philippines; and Vladivostok, Russia. In winter 2019, the ship will reposition to Hong Kong to sail special holiday cruises. Itineraries aboard the upcoming ship are now open for sale.
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