April 18, 2013
(5:45 a.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean Cruises has released itineraries for its feature-laden, soon-to-launch new ship, Quantum of the Seas.
The 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger ship, set to launch in autumn 2014, will sail 7- and 8-night Bahamas cruises, 8- and 11-night Eastern Caribbean cruises and a 12-night Southern Caribbean itinerary, all from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey. As shown on the Royal Caribbean Web site, Bahamas cruises include stops in Port Canaveral, Nassau and the line's private island, Coco Cay. Eastern Caribbean itineraries feature calls in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Samana, Dominican Republic; and the Royal Caribbean-owned Labadee resort on the island of Haiti -- with additional port calls in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and St. Kitts and Nevis on 11-night cruises. The Southern Caribbean itinerary is virtually identical to the 11-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary, minus the stop in St. Thomas, and with additional calls in Martinique and Barbados.
Although the line hasn't included a Bermuda itinerary on its Web site, the new Quantum of the Seas brochure has King's Wharf, Bermuda, listed on the back cover -- meaning the ship will most likely be doing Bermuda sailings at some point.
It is not yet possible to book cruises onboard the ship, however. Royal Caribbean has marked November 2014 for Quantum of the Seas inaugural sail date, and says cruises on Quantum will go on sale June 4.
Quantum of the Seas will include a host of new features such as indoor skydiving, bumper cars, trapeze lessons, studios with balconies and inside cabins with "virtual balconies."
--by Jamey Bergman, U.K. Production Editor