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THE DEAL: The Cruise Web is offering an 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise onboard Royal Caribbean International‘s Quantum of the Seas, sailing roundtrip from Cape Liberty on December 1, 2014. Prices start from $1,349 per person for an inside cabin, which feature floor-to-ceiling virtual balconies — the first of their kind. Quantum launches in November 2014, making this one of its first few sailings.
WHAT WE LOVE: Seize the chance to snag an advance booking deal on next year’s debut of Quantum of the Seas. Port and sea days are split, featuring a variety of calls in the Southern Caribbean (including the lesser-visited island of Martinique, perfect for any Francophile). Your time at sea will most likely be spent trying to decide between dazzling new whirligigs and doodads located throughout the ship — from Seaplex, the largest sports and entertainment venue at sea, to Two70, a gourmet marketplace and event space complete with an ice bar, state-of-the-art audiovisual elements and a top-to-bottom view. There is a near-guarantee that you won’t be bored at any point during this 12-day sailing. The industry’s first virtual balconies will make you feel like you’re never truly “inside.”
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: During an early sailing for any new ship, not all of the kinks may be worked out just yet. With many new features and an eager following, Royal’s trademark “firsts at sea” may come with a long wait or unexpected hold-ups at attractions such as iFly or North Star. These hesitations are hypothetical, but worth considering when boarding a brand-new ship with big expectations.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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