When it launched in 2014, Royal Caribbean’s 4,905-passenger Quantum of the Seas defined the line as the most technologically advanced ship at sea.
The first in the Quantum class, this vessel is arguably all about the activities: Highlights include bumper cars, a skydiving simulator, and a lounge with robot bartenders. Quantum of the Seas also introduced a whole host of other features to the line: Hot new restaurants include an Italian spot designed by British TV Chef Jamie Oliver, a gastro pub by Miami Chef Michael Schwartz, and Wonderland, the line’s “Alice in Wonderland”-themed molecular gastronomy fine dining spot.
In spring 2015, Royal Caribbean moved the ship to the Asia market — permanently. Today, she cruises short sailings round trip out of Shanghai to South Korea and Japan, taking with her almost 5,000 Chinese passengers. The ship went through a variety of changes to serve the new market, including the addition of more shopping and a larger casino. The Johnny Rockets diner was converted into the Kung Fu Panda noodle bar, and “Mamma Mia” was replaced with a show called “Sequins and Feathers” that works better for a non-English-speaking audience.