Spectrum of the Seas is the first Quantum-Ultra-class cruise ship being built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for Royal Caribbean International.

First steel was cut in August 2017 marking the start of construction of the cruise ship. The keel-laying ceremony was held in November 2017.

The vessel will be one of the biggest cruise ships in the world when it enters into service in April 2019.

Spectrum of the Seas design and features

Spectrum of the Seas will be the biggest and the most expensive cruise ship to sail in Asia. It will feature the Royal Caribbean’s first private enclave for suite guests, new stateroom categories and innovative dining concepts.

The ship will house a range of guest venues such as an outdoor pool, two indoor pools, body and mind spa, fitness centre, rock-climbing wall, sports court, Splashaway bay, and an outdoor movie screen.

With a length of 347.16m, breadth of 41.4m and gross registered tonnage of 168,666t, the vessel will cruise at a speed of 22k.

It will have the capacity to accommodate 5,622 passengers in 2,137 staterooms, which will be available in different configurations based on passenger requirements. The passengers will be served by 1,551 international crewmembers.

The ship will feature a total of 16 decks, which will include 14 passenger decks. It will be equipped with 17 elevators for guests to use.

Accommodation facilities

Spectrum of the Seas will feature ultra-luxurious, private suite enclave comprising golden and silver suite accommodation situated at the forward section. The area will have special keycard access, a private elevator, and a separate restaurant and lounge, along with other exclusive amenities.

The other main attraction of the cruise ship will be the two-level, 2,809ft² ultimate family suite, which will accommodate up to 11 guests. It will have one master bedroom and two other family bedrooms. Kids will have a separate space on the upper level along with an in-room slide.

The cruise ship will also offer a range of accommodation that includes interior staterooms, Classic suites, Royal suites, Crown Loft suites, and Connected staterooms. Most of the accommodation units will feature Pullman beds, sofa beds and bunk beds.

Dining venues

The cruise ship will feature a three-level main dining room with a seating capacity of 1,844. It will serve Chinese and Western a-la-carte options. The vessel will also feature a casual venue called the Windjammer Marketplace, which will be 20% bigger than those on Quantum-class ships.

“The Two70 venue on the ship will offer 270° views of the sea during the day and will transform into a multimedia entertainment venue at night.”

A new specialty restaurant will allow passengers to enjoy formal evening dining. Other restaurants on board include Wonderland’s Dadong, Izumi Japanese cuisine, and Chops Grille, as well as Sichuan Red, which will serve authentic Chine cuisine.

The Royal Esplanade will house the new Leaf and Bean traditional tea and café room. The quaint venue will offer a range of authentic Chinese teas, classic coffee drinks, and freshly baked desserts and pastries.

The cruise ship will also house several bars such as R Bar, Live Music Jazz On 4, Champagne Bar, Boleros, Schooner Bar And Connoisseur Club.

Entertainment aboard Spectrum of the Seas

North Star will be a jewel-shaped observation capsule placed at a height of 91m, offering passengers panoramic views of the sea. Guests will be able to experience skydiving with RipCord by iFly, as well as FlowRider surfing.

The Two70 venue on the ship will offer 270° views of the sea during the day and will transform into a multimedia entertainment venue at night. Passengers can enjoy digital shows with Vistarama technology, which will convert the panoramic windows into a 6m-high and 30.48m-wide projection surface.

The cruise ship will also feature Star Moment, a karaoke venue being introduced to the cruise line for the first time. The Vegas-style Casino Royale offers roulette, Texas hold ‘em, blackjack and other games.

Itineraries

Spectrum of the Seas will depart in April 2019 on a 51-night Global Odyssey journey from Barcelona to Shanghai, covering 13 countries.

Scheduled to arrive at Shanghai in June 2019, the cruise ship will then embark on new itineraries covering ports, including Hakodate and Niigata in Japan, Ilocos in the Philippines and Vladivostok in Russia.

The cruise ship will reposition to Hong Kong for offering special holiday cruises in winter 2019.