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Spectrum of the Seas delivered to Royal Caribbean ahead of Dubai cruise

Royal Caribbean International has taken delivery of Spectrum of the Seas, in Bremerhaven, Germany ahead of her maiden voyage to Dubai in the Arabian Gulf.

The 26th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Spectrum of the Seas will debut the cruise line’s first private enclave for suite guests, new stateroom categories, and innovative dining concepts, along with stunning features, experiences and technology – many of which have never been seen before at sea.

Spectrum of the Seas

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“We are excited to welcome Spectrum of the Seas, our first Quantum Ultra Class ship to the Royal Caribbean family,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International during the handover ceremony.

The first in the Quantum Ultra class of ships, Spectrum will homeport in Shanghai from June 2019, until the winter cruise season, when she will reposition to Hong Kong.

“We have once again combined revolutionary ship design with the latest technology to deliver a ship that will redefine the China cruise market. We are excited for our guests to make amazing family memories,” he added.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain and President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley received the new ship from Meyer Wert Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer and Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Director Tim Meyer at the official handover ceremony.

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Spectrum of the Seas’ 46-night grand voyage from Europe to Asia (called a Global Odyssey by Royal Caribbean) will be broken into two separate legs, the first from Barcelona, Spain to Dubai, UAE, will depart on April 18th and visit Aqaba in Jordan, among several other ports.

The Dubai cruise departure on May 4th, 2019, is a 14-night voyage along the Spice Route visiting Muscat, Oman; Cochin, India and Georgetown, Malaysia en-route to Singapore.

Spectrum of the Seas will be the largest and most advanced of all the cruise ships departing Dubai during the current cruise season. She is also one of just three brand new cruise ships to have ever cruised from Dubai, and will offer guests a dizzying array of amenities and attractions.

For a start, Spectrum of the Seas will debut Royal Caribbean’s first exclusive suites-only area, which will feature the exquisite Goldenand Silver suite accommodations in a private enclave at the forward end of the ship on decks 13 through 16.

Vacationers booked in these luxury suites will have special keycard access, a private elevator and a dedicated restaurant and lounge.

The Ultimate Family Suite

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The ship will also feature the two-level, 2,809-square-foot Ultimate Family Suite, accommodating up to 11 guests. The three-bedroom suite includes a master bedroom and two additional bedrooms for grandparents and other family members.

Kids have their own kid-friendly space on the upper level, complete with an in-suite slide that will transport them to the living area below. Everyone in the family can enjoy time together in the recreation room, featuring surround-sound equipment for a night of karaoke, movies and video games.

Then there’s innovative dining concepts like Sichuan Red– with authentic cuisine from the Sichuan province of China, Wonderland’s Dadong – a new outpost of Chinese chef Dong Zhenxiang, renowned for his much-coveted roast duck; and the Leaf and Bean traditional tea room and café parlor offering a range of authentic Chinese teas, classic coffee drinks as well as freshly baked Chinese and western desserts and pastries.

The SeaPlex entertainment complex

Debuting on Spectrum will be a new lively and energetic karaoke venue, Star Moment, where family and friends can belt out and sing like stars, and an enhanced SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, where families can enjoy bumper cars, roller skating, basketball, and new augmented reality walls and floors, providing guests with thrilling, high-tech interactive experiences.

The SkyPad virtual-reality bungee experience

Other attractions include the iconic Sky Pad, a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience located on the aft of the ship, as well as Quantum Class favorites: the North Star, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean for incomparable panoramic views; RipCord by iFly, a heart-pounding skydiving simulator experience; and the FlowRider surfing simulator.

Accommodating 4,246 guests at double occupancy and 1,551 international crew members, Spectrum will be the largest ship in Asia when she arrives to her new homeport in Shanghai on June 3rd, 2019.

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