Doug Parker on Quantum of the Seas

Five Faves: Selfies at Sea… aboard Quantum of the Seas

Porthole’s Five Faves


Selfies at Sea

Quantum of the Seas is the perfect backdrop to show off your favorite cruise-ship moments.

Perhaps you’ve heard. Royal Caribbean International’s brand-new Quantum of the Seas is a ship that impresses with its high-tech features, innovative cruise style, and at-sea firsts. From super-speedy check-in and Wi-Fi speed to robotic bartenders and Dynamic Dining, there’s a moment around every turn that is just begging to be captured and shared.

In fact, the cruise line has been encouraging its guests to share their selfies through social media, so be sure to check out a ton of these fun photos by searching for #SelfieatSea and #QuantumoftheSeas.

In the meantime, we’d like to share our five favorites that were taken by Porthole and some of our fellow cruise outlets and friends who sailed on this amazing new ship this past week.

You can’t miss the North Star high atop the ship. After all, it’s what defines Quantum of the Seas’ very profile. This pod-like structure, modeled after the London Eye, takes passengers 300 feet up and out over the side of the ship for unparalleled aerial views of the deck and ocean below. Around 12 to 15 guests get to ride each time, leaving plenty of room to walk around the capsule, which is slow moving, so you’ll have plenty of time to snap a selfie at the top.Northstar selfie

Great shot by Doug Parker of Cruise Radio.

Another onboard feature you can’t miss? The 30-foot pink polar bear standing out on deck. Turns out, this massive magenta sculpture was initially commissioned by Royal Caribbean and International Corporate Art (ICArt) in 2012 to create a large, outdoor design for Quantum of the Seas. Now part of the ship’s $5.2 million art collection, themed “What Makes Life Worth Living,” the piece is titled From Afar (although she’s become affectionately known as Felicia.) It will be difficult to get a good angle to fit yourself and the bear into the frame, but it’s worth the try.Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 11.51.19 AM

Felicia and Jodi Ornstein, Porthole Cruise Magazine

You can’t take your cell phone, GoPro, or anything else not attached to you into the RipCord by iFly’s wind tunnel to capture your simulated skydive firsthand (don’t worry, your friend and the ship’s photographer will be outside the tube to get plenty of action shots). But you can at least take a selfie gearing up for what’s sure to prove your most memorable moment on the ship and quite possibly in your entire cruise experience. Perhaps even better would be to take one after, once you can officially say you did it — and you have the wind-blown hair, eye goggle marks, and drool stains to prove (3)

Here’s Mike Faust of Cruise Currents gearing up for his turn.

When the elevators first open, you may think you’ve had one too many to drink. But embrace the quirky animal art that greets you and you’ll find yourself loving these fun elevator friends, potentially turning each ride into a quick photo booth moment. (Ok, maybe I did have one too many to drink.) The fun, whimsical, and beautiful artwork continues throughout the ship, from stairway landings to staterooms and up the atrium in a variety of mediums from photography to paintings to (1)

Elevator antics by Porthole’s Jodi Ornstein and Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, the official Royal Caribbean
on the ship as it first made its way across the Atlantic from the shipyard in Germany.

Yes, you’re in a bumper car. On a cruise ship. It’s another industry first, and of course you want to capture that moment. So take a quick spin — and take out your aggression — at the SeaPlex. Besides bumper cars, there’s also roller skating, basketball, trapeze lessons, video and arcade games, and the Dog House, a classic hot dog stand. When it’s selfie time on the bumper cars, just make sure to get out of other riders’ way. Or don’t. We suppose that’s the fun of it

Doug Parker and Mike Faust taking a selfie… and the selfie they took.

— Jodi Ornstein, Porthole’s Editorial Director

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