We’ve had some new details on the North Star, one of the primary new features of the Quantum of the Seas, a ship that is likely to be much of the focus of 2014 Royal Caribbean cruises.
If you’d forgotten, the North Star is the viewing platform that will be installed on all three ships in the Quantum Class for the cruise line. It extends above and out from the ship, giving guests an unrivalled view of the surroundings.
We’ve now got some of the technical specifications, so we can understand more of what guests can expect when on their cruise. The North Star will be able to extend 41 metres out to sea, which is a considerable distance. Up to 14 guests will be able to enjoy the experience at a time, accompanied by one crew member.
If you’re concerned about the stability or the noise of the North Star as it moves, don’t be. Stabilisers, sound-proofing technology and more have all been incorporated into the design to make it the most comfortable experience possible.
Jonas Hagglund is the Sales Manager for MacGregor, the company who are manufacturing the crane. He said “We are the first crane supplier involved in anything like this type for a cruise ship. All crane movements will be smooth and immediate, with stepless speed control, essential for this type of guest experience. It is also important that the experience is as quiet as possible.”
Remember the Quantum of the Seas will launch in November 2014, with the Anthem of the Seas following sometime in the Spring the following year. As soon as we get any more details on the ship – including the SeaPlex sports facilities, the RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator and more, we’ll bring it to you right here. The countdown to the launch of Quantum really begins now – it’s time to get excited.
By Ian Lewis