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Now, experience skydiving to bumper cars while on a cruise

On Sunday, when Royal Caribbean pulls up anchor on its latest ship, the Quantum of the Seas, it will mark the passage into a new era of cruise ship technology that includes everything from a skydiving chamber to bumper cars and an observation capsule that takes guests 300 feet in the air.

travel Updated: Nov 02, 2014 17:09 IST
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On Sunday, when Royal Caribbean pulls up anchor on its latest ship, the Quantum of the Seas, it will mark the passage into a new era of cruise ship technology that includes everything from a skydiving chamber to bumper cars and an observation capsule that takes guests 300 feet in the air.

Set to launch from Southampton November 2 for her maiden trans-Atlantic voyage to Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, Quantum of the Seas is an unequivocal game-changer for the cruise industry.

With 18 decks spanning the length of 1,141 feet (348 meters) long, the ship can accommodate the population of a small town at 4,905 passengers and travel at speeds of up to 22 knots.

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A view of the bedroom on the cruise (Photo: AFP)

The tagline describes the vessel as "part spaceship, part cruise ship," for the myriad of industry firsts that will debut on the floating hotel, dining and entertainment complex.

There's the RipCord by iFly, for example, the first skydiving experience at sea in a controlled chamber.

There's the North Star, an impressive feat of engineering that takes guests up more than 300 feet (91 meters) in the air in a jewel-shaped glass capsule for 360-degree views of their ocean surroundings.

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Bumper cars on the cruise(Photo: AFP)

And SeaPlex goes down as the largest indoor recreational space at sea, a space that can morph into a circus school for flying trapeze lessons, a roller skating rink and even a bumper cars ring.

In advance of the official launch, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver paid a visit on Friday to preview the ship and his restaurant Jamie's Italian- his first eatery at sea and one of 18 restaurants on board.

On Twitter, guests and invited journalists documented the experience, tweeting about deskless, iPad-enabled check-in and robotic bartenders mixing drinks.

Fans can follow along as the ship prepares to undertake its maiden journey on Twitter with the hashtag #QuantumoftheSeas or @RoyalCaribbean.