Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sail of the Century

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sail of the Century

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DESTINATION EASTERN CARIBBEAN IN these days of travel superlatives, Quantum of the Seas, which owners Royal Caribbean bill as its new "smart" ship, is certainly up there with the best.

While not the largest cruise ship -- it currently ranks as third largest in the world -- at 348 metres long it's the same as 41 London buses.

The 168,666-ton vessel is as much a floating theme park and entertainment zone as a hotel, with the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, including glass pods that rise 300ft above the Quantum, sky diving simulator and bumper cars.

The word "smart" covers the array of technology on board: prop up the Bionic Bar where the drinks are served by the world's first robot bartenders. No ocean view? Interior staterooms get virtual balconies that offer real-time sea views and destinations on large screens.

Among the 18 restaurants are the first Jamie's Italian at sea, a hotdog food truck (probably the first), and the whimsical Wonderland with waitresses dressed as Alice and food a far cry from the usual buffet fare.

Eight-night Eastern Caribbean cruise calling at San Juan (Puerto Rico) overnight and Labadee (Haiti) from PS1,589 (based on two sharing) with return flights from Heathrow to New York, one hotel night, transfers, meals, entertainment and all cruise taxes/fees. Departs Cape Liberty (New Jersey) on January 3, 2015, WEEKEND IDEA Scott Dunn has new ski weekend packages: three nights in a shared chalet in either Val d'Isere, France, or St Anton, Austria, from PS995pp half-board with wines, chef, Champagne reception and return flights from City Airport to Zurich with BA, or Geneva with Swiss and shared transfers. Valid for travel Thursday to Sunday from December 11 to March 19, 2015. WHAT'S GOING ON IN WALES NOV 14-16 Andy Fairweather Low and the Lowriders headline the Tenby Blues Festival, in the Pembrokeshire town. …

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