July 24, 2024

Get ready for Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas is planned to be launched in late 2014.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas will be the next new cruise ship that is currently under construction. Quantum of the Seas will start sailing in Fall 2014 and her sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, will sail in 2015.

Virtual balcony makes inside cabins feel right at sea.

Of all the new and intriguing innovations coming to Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, few have captured the public’s imagination quite like the virtual balcony.
These 80-inch LED screens offer cruisers in select inside staterooms the opportunity to get views around the cruise ship in real-time displayed in their cabin. The technical lead of the virtual balcony, Tim Mattison from Control Group, offered some details of how he and his team created these new virtual windows to the sea.
From the project’s creation, Mattison and his team had a good idea of how they wanted to tackle the project but there definitely some technical hurdles to overcome, “We had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to accomplish. There were a few features that were trickier to implement than we thought, but I think the bulk of it was tying together all the different systems it talks to.”
So what’s so difficult about getting a video feed from one end of the ship and displaying it somewhere else on the ship? The answer is far more complex than you might think. Mattison said it took a team of network engineers and software engineers just to get it working in a prototype environment, “there’s so much behind the scenes to make it happen.”

Quantum of the Seas new observation tower takes passengers up and over the side of the ship.

This new class of ship will be an astounding 167,000 tons carrying over 4000 passengers. The Quantum class ships will have 16 passenger-accessible decks, 8 of which will feature balcony staterooms. These new ships will introduce several unique features such as the “NorthStar” observation tower, located at the forward end of the top deck. This is a glass-walled capsule on the end of a 41-meter-long (135 ft) crane arm to lift groups of up to 14 guests up and over the edge of the ship, reaching heights of up to 300 feet above sea level.

To learn more visit:
Royal Caribbean Quantum blog

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