What to Love about Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas

If you're still using a VCR to record TV shows and a Sony Walkman to listen to music, then Royal Caribbean's new Quantum of the Seas might not be the perfect ship for you.

With virtual balconies on inside staterooms, smartphone apps that allow guests to book and track activities online, and even bionic bartenders, Quantum of the Seas is practically a gadget at sea. Granted, this gadget can house close to 5,000 guests and 1,500 crew members. Here are some of the features that have us cheering.

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Even the numbers for Quantum of the Seas are impressive: 168,666 gross register tonage; 1,141 feet in length; 136 feet wide; 16 guest decks; and room for 4,905 guests.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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The largest indoor active space at sea, SeaPlex invites you to become part of the circus, even on a flying trapeze. But if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, there's also a regulation-size basketball court.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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Bumper cars at sea? Oh yeah. Each night the giant indoor play space called SeaPlex transforms into a space for bumper cars and roller skaters (hopefully not the same space). Meanwhile, a DJ floats high above. You can't drive or skate without music.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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RipCord by iFly is Royal Caribbean's first skydiving experience at sea. This simulated environment is a great place to get your feet wet ... or your hair blown back, rather.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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Who doesn't love ABBA? Quantum of the Seas features the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Mamma Mia!, a musical based on the songs of the Swedish pop group.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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That's not a window. Quantum of the Seas features 375 staterooms that offer real-time views of the ocean and ports of call through virtual balconies. It works through 80-inch video screens bolted to the wall of the cabin.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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The robot arms at the Bionic Bar can produce two drinks a minute, or 1,000 drinks a day. The two arms actually have names: B1-0 and N1-C. Now all they need is C-3PO.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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For a view unlike any other over the ocean, hop in the North Star, a glass sculpture that hoists you 300 feet in the air.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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North Star can hold up to 14 people and extends to the same height as the Statue of Liberty.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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The indoor pool on Quantum of the Seas can also be an outside pool, thanks to its retractable roof.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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Starwater is an original Royal Caribbean production that combines video mapping, special effects and human artistry. It's part of the Two70° entertainment area of Quantum of the Seas.Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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When the real waves aren't cooperating, take your turn on FlowRider, a 40-foot-long surf simulator, as water shoots out at 35 to 40 miles per hour.Courtesy Royal Caribbean