Review: RCI’s Quantum-class ships head to Australia

We boarded one of Royal Caribbean’s most ambitious classes of ships heading to Australia. Here’s what to expect.

Australia welcomes two Quantum-class ships in October 2023: quantum of the seas sailing from Brisbane and Ovation of the seas sailing from Sydney.

For those who enjoy fly-cruising and sailing from Southeast Asia, the Quantum-Ultra class Specter of the Seas is currently based in Singapore, with routes to Port Klang and Phuket. From October, she also travels to Thailand.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class of ships are synonymous with high-tech features, exciting activities and state-of-the-art facilities.

Here’s what cruisers can expect.

The boats

Quantum-class ships have 16 passenger-accessible decks, 8 of which include staterooms with balconies overlooking the ocean.

Ovation and quantum of the seas can accommodate 4,905 guests in total, as well as 1,500 crew members. Both ships have a gross tonnage of 168,666.

As for Spectrumshe holds 5,622 guests and 1,551 crew, with a gross tonnage of 169,379.

Accommodation

With the exception of SpectrumQuantum Class ships have a total of 2,094 cabins: 1,571 balcony cabins, 148 ocean view cabins and 375 inside cabins, 34 of which are wheelchair accessible.

All interior staterooms include floor-to-ceiling 80-inch HDTV screens showing live views from outside the ship, dubbed a “virtual balcony.”

On average, Quantum Class cabins are 9% larger than those of the previous Oasis Class.

Having stayed in cabins with balconies on both Quantum and SpectrumI found them to be clean and well appointed with a modern design.

Specter of the Seas includes the Ultimate Family Suite: a sprawling two-story multi-room retreat with its own slide and in-suite cinema that doubles as a karaoke stage. There’s also an air hockey table, ping pong table, and a separate master suite with a luxurious spa-like bathroom where parents can retreat.

Also on Spectrum is the Enclave Suite: Royal Caribbean’s first exclusive space for Royal Suite Class Star, Sky and Sea accommodations in a private space, with exclusive floor access, an elevator, private restaurants and a dedicated lounge.

Gold Suite guests have access to the Balcony, a private outdoor space with the best sunset views, and the Boutique, which can be reserved for private purchases of fine watches and jewelry, and wine tastings.

First activities at sea

An exciting new feature on the Quantum-Class is RipCord by iFly.

The premier skydiving experience at sea allows cruise passengers to experience the thrill of skydiving in a safe, controlled and simulated environment.

“Flying” takes place inside a 23-foot-tall glass flight chamber, offering guests the opportunity to fly while enjoying unobstructed ocean views.

Another new experience at sea is the North Star, a jewel-shaped glass observation capsule that takes guests over 300 feet above sea level. sides of the vessel to provide a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

Note that on Asia cruises, the North Star and iFly are chargeable and must be booked in advance.

The FlowRider, Royal Caribbean’s first sea surf simulator, will also delight adventurers. Located right next to the RipCord by iFly, you can catch waves while bodyboarding or stand-up surfing.

Specter of the Seas also boasts Asia’s first virtual reality bungee trampoline adventure at sea. Guests can strap in, don a helmet, and transport themselves to another time and another planet. You might want to avoid this if you’re prone to motion sickness or choose to go bungee trampolining without the VR headset.

High-tech places

Cruise passengers will be captivated by Two70, a revolutionary multi-level room. The venue is named for its 270-degree panoramic sea views through vast floor-to-ceiling walls of glass spanning nearly three decks. At night, the space once again transforms into a multimedia theater featuring performances with robotic dance displays, aerial jumps and more.

If you fancy a good cocktail made by robots, you will also like the Bionic Bar. Customers can watch in awe as their drinks are made to order with precision and skill by two robotic bartenders. The menu showcases classics and signature drinks, but you can also design your own cocktail or mocktail.

Another crowd-puller is the SeaPlex – the largest indoor activity space at sea. This sports and entertainment venue hosts a wide range of activities including bumper cars, laser tag, escape room , roller skating, dance lessons, archery and sports tournaments.

Music lovers can also head to the Music Hall, the perfect place to catch live bands, DJs, theme nights, billiards and more, all presented in a state-of-the-art setting.

Facilities

Other facilities on Quantum ships include a well-equipped medical center, rock climbing wall, outdoor cinema screen, theater royal, adult-only solarium, casino, outdoor swimming pools, indoor swimming pools, spa, fitness center fitness and an Adventure Ocean Kids’ Club.

Culinary experiences

Quantum ships also offer a wide range of dining experiences, including specialty restaurants such as:

  • Wonderland: Imaginative cuisine where dishes are designed to present a visual feast. You will be able to choose dishes based on five natural elements – Earth, Sea, Fire, Ice and Sun. If you like spice and smoky flavors, go for something from the Fire section, like Buffalo Chicken Eggs or Crispy Scotch Bonnet Chilli Shrimp Kataifi.
  • Grill of chops: Quality, hand-cut steaks with a revamped menu that puts a contemporary twist on traditional steakhouse offerings.
  • Jamie’s Italian: Homemade pasta, classic Italian dishes and delicious desserts prepared by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.
  • Izumi: Traditional Japanese cuisine such as sushi, udon and ramen.
  • Szechuan Red: Designed exclusively for Spectrum of the Seas, this one features authentic spices and Asian-inspired flavors worthy of blowing your mind. Don’t miss the fried rice, wontons with spicy sauce and boiled fish.
  • teppanyaki: Another just for Spectrum, Teppanyaki offers authentic oriental flavors cooked in the traditional teppanyaki style of Japan. Guests will see everything fall into place as an expert chef works directly at the table. The service is excellent and the steak, seafood and desserts are excellent.