Spectrum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has unveiled some of the features that will be onboard its newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas, which is due to set sail in 2019. 

The first in the cruise line’s Quantum Ultra class of ships will boast its first private enclave for suite guests, added stateroom categories, new dining concepts and colourful features and experiences.

Accommodating 4,246 guests, Spectrum will reportedly be the largest and most expensive ship in Asia when it sails from its home port in Shanghai from June 2019. 

Virtual trampolining and karaoke at sea

Spectrum of the Seas will feature ‘bold and unexpected experiences’, including a Sky Pad – a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience located on the back of the ship. Guests will strap in and don a VR headset to ‘transport them to another time and planet’. 

Another first on Spectrum of the Seas will be Star Moment, a karaoke venue. The cruise line will also enhance its SeaPlex offering. This is a sports and entertainment complex at sea, where guests can enjoy bumper cars, roller skating and basketball, and on Spectrum, this will be built with augmented reality walls and floors, providing guests with ‘high-tech interactive experiences’. 

Additional innovations will include the North Star, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean for panoramic views; RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator experience; and the FlowRider surfing simulator.

Suites and dining options 

Spectrum will debut Royal Caribbean’s first exclusive suites-only area, which will feature Golden and Silver suite accommodation in a private enclave at the front end of the ship, on decks 13 to 16. Guests booked into these luxury suites will have special keycard access, a private elevator and a dedicated restaurant and lounge.

The ship will also feature a three-level main dining room with 1,844 seats to serve a variety of Chinese and Western a la carte options, rotating each day of the sailing. For guests looking for a more casual venue, the Windjammer Marketplace will offer a wide buffet selection of Chinese and Western dishes, including noodles, pizza, Japanese teppanyaki and mini hot pot. 

Sailing information

When Spectrum of the Seas debuts in 2019, she will sail a 51-night Global Odyssey itinerary from Barcelona to Shanghai, taking guests to 13 countries. Following this, she will sail various new itineraries with visits to ports such as Hakodate and Niigita, Japan; Ilocos, Philippines; and Vladivostok, Russia.

These new itineraries are now open for sale; GTOs should call 0844 571 7567 for information about group bookings.

Groups, booking eight or more staterooms, can receive a range of benefits including private tours, cocktail hours and events. 

For more information, visit www.royalcaribbean.co.uk