Watch: Azipod Installation on Spectrum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean has released a video of the azipod installation for Spectrum of the Seas at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Designed specifically for the Chinese market, Spectrum of the Seas will be the largest and most expensive ship in Asia when she sails from Shanghai, China starting in June 2019.
Accommodating 4,246 guests at double occupancy and 1,551 crew members, Spectrum of the Seas will debut Royal Caribbean's first exclusive suites-only area, which will feature suite accommodations in a private enclave at the forward end of the ship on decks 13 through 16. Passengers booked in these luxury suites will have special keycard access, a private elevator and a dedicated restaurant and lounge. In addition to a range of exclusive amenities, guests will have access to The Balcony – a private outdoor space for sunbathing and relaxing that offers the best views on board and The Boutique, a shopping area where travelers can book private shopping experiences.
For families, Spectrum of the Seas will introduce the two-level, 2,809-square-foot Ultimate Family Suite, accommodating up to 11 guests. The three-bedroom suite, which will include a master bedroom with a bathroom that extends over the side of the ship to provide unparalleled ocean views, along with two additional suites 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. The recreation room features surround-sound equipment for a night of karaoke, movies or video games.
The ship will feature a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience located on the aft of the ship. Guests will strap in and don their headset to transport themselves to another time and planet. The out-of-this-world experience is for guests of all ages, and also can be enjoyed without headsets, for those who prefer to look out over the ocean as they leap toward the sky.
Additional innovations guests will find on board include the North Star, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean for incomparable panoramic views; RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator experience; and the FlowRider surfing simulator. Additionally, the ship will have venues such as Two70 with its expansive floor-to-ceiling windows offering 270-degree views of the ocean.
When Spectrum of the Seas debuts in April 2019, she will sail a 51-night Global Odyssey from Barcelona, Spain to Shanghai, including visits to 13 countries. When the ship arrives at her new home in Shanghai in June 2019, she will introduce new itineraries with visits to new ports, such as Hakodate and Niigita, Japan; Ilocos, Philippines; and Vladivostok, Russia. In winter 2019, the ship will reposition to Hong Kong.