Lion City residents seeking a change of scenery can book multi-night journeys into international waters.
Singapore is now the home port of the first of Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum Ultra–class vessels, Spectrum of the Seas, and will remain so through April 2023. Originally planned for October, the redeployment of the 16-deck behemoth took place ahead of schedule as Hong Kong’s pandemic restrictions have made “cruises to nowhere” no longer viable. Current sailings from Singapore are limited to three- and four-night Ocean Getaways with no shore excursions, though the cruise line hopes to offer itineraries to Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam by the end of the year, with voyages lasting between three and nine nights.
While the vessel has 1,995 regular cabins, the 142 suites across eight categories are the ones to book. Each one has king-size beds, L’Occitane toiletries, and bathtubs. Suite guests will also be given access to the Suite Club, where facilities include the top-deck Solarium — an air-conditioned conservatory lounge dotted with plunge pools and sun loungers. Multigenerational families can splash out on the two-story Ultimate Family suite, which sleeps up to 11 guests in three bedrooms and comes with the services of a personal butler. The suite is centered on a double-height living room that features floor-to-ceiling windows, an air hockey table, piano stairs, and a colorful slide from the mezzanine. There’s also a private cinema and a 20-square-meter balcony with sunbeds.
Spectrum of the Seas promises plenty of fun for all ages. Cruise passengers will find an arcade, waterslides, the FlowRider surf simulator, and a rock-climbing wall, not to mention the all-glass North Star observation capsule, which affords panoramic ocean vistas from its perch 91 meters above the waves. Other thrills include the skydiving simulator Ripcord by iFly and Sky Pad, a virtual-reality bungee trampoline adventure billed as the first of its kind in Asia. Then there’s an indoor sporting arena named SeaPlex, where activities run the gamut from basketball, table tennis, and archery to roller skating and laser tag; the central court transforms into a rink for bumper cars at sundown.
Additional entertainment options range from a karaoke lounge to a casino to Two70, an open-air space that hosts live performances after dark — visual spectacles here are created with the aid of projectors and robotic lighting. As for dining, a lineup of Asian-inspired specialty restaurants serve up teppanyaki and Sichuanese cuisine, while guests can also indulge in international fare, whether it’s handmade pasta at Jamie’s Italian, premium cuts of meat from American steakhouse Chops Grille, and inventive fusion food at Wonderland.
More information here.