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  • Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, debuting in fall 2014, will take a dramatic leap forward in ship design, entertainment and passenger experiences.
  • On Quantum of the Seas, SeaPlex will offer the first-ever bumper car experience at sea. It will also be the location of the ship's indoor basketball court.
  • Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas will feature RipCord by iFly, the first-ever sky-diving experience at sea, where everyone from first-timers to seasoned jumpers can enjoy the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying.
  • Every room on Quantum of the Seas has a view. The introduction of virtual balconies in interior cabins offers real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations via wall-sized screens.
  • North Star, Quantum of the Seas' most distinctive feature, takes passengers on a breath-taking journey more than 300 feet above sea level in a pod of sorts.
  • Two70°, Royal Caribbean's iconic venue aboard Quantum of the Seas, transforms from day to night to deliver spectacular entertainment that includes performance art, aerialists and panoramic digital scenery.
  • Quantum of the Seas, although smaller than its Oasis-class counterparts, will bring many first-at-sea innovations, including bumper cars, a sky-diving simulator and North Star, a glass-enclosed pod that cantilevers over the side of the ship to provide views of nearly 360 degrees.
  • Royal Caribbean rolled out the, uh, blue carpet on April 16 to welcome those who attended the line's big announcements about the new ship.

    Photo appears courtesy of Dori Saltzman.
  • Members of the media await the beginning of the press event in New York City.

    Photo appears courtesy of Colleen McDaniel.
  • Richard Fain -- chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Royal Caribbean's parent company -- looks on as a picture of the North Star is displayed. North Star is a podlike, glass-enclosed bubble on a mobile arm that will provide cruisers with nearly 360-degree views of the surrounding ocean.

    Photo appears courtesy of Colleen McDaniel.
  • Godmother Kristin Chenoweth draws a laugh from Fain and Cruise Director Ken Rush.

    Photo appears courtesy of Colleen McDaniel.
  • Adam Goldstein (president of Royal Caribbean International), Chenoweth and Fain chat on stage about some of the ship's advancements and industry firsts.

    Photo appears courtesy of Dori Saltzman.
  • Goldstein and Fain test out new bumper cars, which will be offered as entertainment on Quantum of the Seas.

    Photo appears courtesy of Dori Saltzman.
  • Here's a close-up of one of the sample bumper cars. Onboard, the cars will be housed in the same space as the ship's indoor basketball court.

    Photo appears courtesy of Dori Saltzman.
  • Workers set up a RipCord sky-diving simulator, one of the new amenities onboard Quantum. Those who attended the announcement event in New York City were able to test it out for themselves.

    Photo appears courtesy of LauraS.
  • Here's a closer shot of the RipCord machine, produced by iFly, which simulates sky-diving with a large, constant gust of air.

    Photo appears courtesy of LauraS.
  • Members of the press at the big Quantum reveal event prepare to try the new sky-diving simulator. (Pssst! Spotted: Managing Editor Colleen McDaniel and News Editor Dori Saltzman.)

    Photo appears courtesy of LauraS.
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