Quantum of the Seas: Cruising’s First “SmartShip”

Yesterday morning, Royal Caribbean International announced that their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will be the first “Smartship” at sea, offering fast connectivity and new technological advancements never before found on a cruise ship. Check out the details:

Personally, I use a week at sea to escape from the outside world, only checking in on occasion to make sure everyone is alright and posting to my Instagram once or twice. (Guilty!).

What do you guys think about this? How do you feel about being connected throughout your entire vacation?



Reveal Day: Quantum of the Seas

This morning at 10 am EST, Royal Caribbean International stopped travel experts, bloggers, agents and aficionados in their tracks with the Quantum of the Seas live reveal event. It had all of the buildup of an Apple Reveal for the newest iPhone and iPad….we just LOVE new, shiny ships. And Royal Caribbean certainly did not disappoint today.

Unfortunately I was unable to tune into the live stream, so I was VERY thankful for the folks on Twitter who chose to live-tweet the event and provide real-time updates. I almost felt like I was there!


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Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas: A Review

This is an old post from 2008, when I cruised the Freedom of the Seas out of Miami, FL. Some things have changed since then, but the basics are the same!

June 1, 2008 – June 8, 2008
Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas
Miami, FL to San Juan, PR, St. Thomas USVI and St. Maarten

When it set sail in 2006, Freedom of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world at 160,000 tons. She can hold 3,600+ passengers, is 1,111 ft long, has 15 decks, a Ben & Jerry’s, Johnny Rockets and two additional restaurants in addition to the main dining room and buffet grill. The Royal Promenade stretches through the middle of the ship like a city street, lined with bars, shops and restaurants. The decor – gorgeous. There is an ice skating rink and Flowrider surfing simulator, along with a rock climbing wall. And let’s not forget my favorite part of the cruise: cruise director Richard Spacey, who had me even looking forward to the morning announcement just so I could hear what funny thing he’d say next. The rest of the staff was amazing, from our room steward Desmond, to our waitress Marvalyn, to the beverage waiter Junior, to the rest of the entertainment staff. The production shows were excellent, comedians funny, and there was always Richard. Our stateroom had a large balcony, with a retractable divider between the one next to us, allowing us to connect our balcony with our neighbors (who, fortunately, we knew :)).



Some other pics from the Freedom:

The fantastic Royal Promenade

The stage between the sports pool and main pool on Deck 11

The Arcadia Theater


The Freedom is a beautiful ship. It’s large, but not overwhelming. If you are looking for a plethora of on-board activities, I highly recommend this ship for your next cruise! I do hope to cruise an Oasis Class ship in the near future, for the sake of comparison. I’ll be sure to report back if I do!


Happy Travels!