Couple gets married in Quantum of the Seas gondola

Sharron Bowman and Mark Burden tied the knot in the Northstar observation gondola.
Royal Caribbean International said a couple from the United Kingdom became the first to get married above the ocean while at sea in the Northstar observation gondola on Quantum of the Seas.
Mark Burden and Sharron Bowman tied the knot off the coast of Haiti while the ship was en route to Labadee from its home at Cape Liberty, N.J.

The officiant was Captain Felix Srecko, who like all Royal Caribbean captains is authorized by the Bahamian government to perform official weddings at sea.

Joining them in the capsule, built to carry up to a dozen guests, were the ship’s hotel director, a wedding coordinator, two still photographers, two motion picture camera staffers and the gondola operator. A crowd at the pool watched below, and the captain even arranged for the bridge to sound the horn as they went up.

After the cruise, the couple plans to reside in West Yorkshire, England.

Passed Anthem of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International: Meyer Werft

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Passed second ship of the Quantum class for Royal Caribbean

Today the Meyer Werft the 168,600 GT cruise ship Anthem of the Seas in Bremerhaven delivered five days before the original date agreed at the American Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Miami) from.

Photo: Meyer Werft

In the Anthem of the Seas is the second ship of the so-called quantum-class. With the Anthem of the Seas have the Meyer Werft and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. rebuilt a particularly environmentally friendly cruise ship. The ships of the Quantum-class are equipped with the most advanced emission control systems called HybridScrubbern.

Very energy efficient technical systems, optimized hydrodynamics, heat recovery, as well as an extremely effective underwater paint, or eg an extremely energy-efficient lighting system with LED illumination lead to considerable energy savings.

A diesel-electric pod propulsion system, complex alarm and security systems, interactive communication systems and the latest stage technology to guarantee security and entertainment on board according to the latest technical standards.

The ships of the Quantum class perform another ground-breaking innovations one at sea. Below are the skydiving simulator “Ripcord by iFly” up to 90 meters high glass view gondola “North Star” and the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea “SeaPlex” with bumper cars and roller skating. In “Two70 °” Guests will experience the Anthem of the Seas during the day a fascinating 270 degree panoramic views and breathtaking shows at night.

The cruise ship, has a total of 18 decks and a survey of 168 600 GT. With 2,090 cabins, which are the biggest and most versatile cabins on the ships owned, it can accommodate 4,180 guests at double occupancy.

After delivery to the shipping company, the Anthem of the Seas leaving presumably on 13/14. April 2015 Bremerhaven towards Southampton. The 27-year-old Emma Wilby from the UK is the godmother of the Anthem of the Seas.

The employee of a Scottish travel agents is the newest and most modern ship cruise brand baptized on 20 April 2015, Southampton before 1,500 invited guests. Emma Wilby was chosen from numerous applicants from across the UK. The Anthem of the Seas will be on the road in their inaugural season from / to Southampton in the western Mediterranean, before transitioning to New York on October 27, 2015.

Photo: Meyer Werft

Quantum mechanics: Robot bartenders and RFID wristbands

By Tom Stieghorst
Quantum of the SeasSOUTHAMPTON, England — Quantum of the Seas is bound for the U.S., departing on a transatlantic trip to New York following a two-night preview cruise here.

About 2,700 travel agents, vendors, media and VIPs were treated to afirst look at the ship, fresh out of the Meyer Werft shipyard where it was under construction for 20 months.

Although Meyer Werft typically delivers early, according to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman Richard Fain, with Quantum it was just on time. Numerous items are being installed or fine-tuned on the crossing, which is expected to conclude Nov. 10.

The ship’s headline features have been publicized, but the preview cruise group got to see some of the less heralded innovations, and learned a few obscure facts from Fain and other Royal executives.

For example:

• The oversized magenta bear on Quantum’s top deck has been named Felicia by the crew. At a travel agent forum, one agent said she doesn’t know how to explain it to clients and wondered why it was there. “Why not?” Fain replied. “The bear is a little bit ridiculous and certainly unexpected, but isn’t she great?”

Quantum - Bionic Bar• More than 100 bottles of liquor are suspended from the ceiling over the two robotic bar tenders in the Bionic Bar. The robots reach skyward to access pours for the drinks they make. Bar managers believe they will have to restock only once a day. The two ’bots have been dubbed B1O and N1C by supervisors.

• Hand-washing basins have been installed at the entrances to the Windjammer buffet restaurant, and at several other restaurants around the ship. The basins are not an industry first — Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess and Regal Princess have them — but they are a first for Royal Caribbean. The idea is to keep passengers from spreading any illness, norovirus in particular.

• The poolside video screen was installed to the side after Fain concluded that its initial spot at the end of the pool was too obtrusive. One manager said Fain ordered the change. Fain says he doesn’t remember who suggested the move. “If you like it, I take credit for it,” he said.

• Two candelabras in the Wonderland restaurant feature lighted candles. Fain said Royal Caribbean banned open flames for more than 20 years but recently has made some limited exceptions approved by a panel of top executives. He said there is no Coast Guard rule on flames. “I think the candles add to the atmosphere,” he said.

• Metallic was the scent picked to add a sensory note to the North Star observation gondola. The smell is very subtle. North Star’s ascent to a position 300 feet above the ocean is smooth, gradual and silent, except for the whir of an air changer in the roof. The gondola is designed to automatically shut down and retract if sensors detect an unexpected motion.

Quantum -North Star gondola• The pool areas in the Solarium contain several feet of water, deeper than on other Royal ships. They form a series of tiers, leading to a level with hot tubs on either side. A sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is a focal point for the cascading pools.

• Jamie’s Italian, the specialty restaurant by British culinary entrepreneur Jamie Oliver, is the first alternative restaurant on a Royal Caribbean ship to have an al fresco dining area. The glass-shielded deck space has five tables for two and six tables for four.

• The Windjammer on Quantum will be the first one fleet-wide to have a section open 24 hours a day. The decision was made in part to accommodate demand anticipated when Quantum moves to China next May.

• The Schooner Bar menu has a retro theme. It features throwback classics such as the Old Fashioned, Sidecar, Brandy Alexander and daiquiri. The printed menu includes vintage photos of memorabilia, such as a typewritten Passenger Landing Card from 1974 and a drinks list with Budweiser priced at $1.35.

• Four key cards malfunctioned. Quantum offers RFID wristbands as an alternative to key cards. “Normally, we would have hundreds of key cards with [magnetic] strips that had become de-magnetized,” Fain said.