The 'North Star', a jewel-shaped, glass capsule will lift cruise passengers 91 meters above sea level before swinging out over the sea for this first-of-its-kind guest experience. Crane supplier MacGregor is going to provide Royal Caribbean International's first Quantum-class ship, Quantum of the Seas, with the viewing pod. This will be a first for cruise ships. Fourteen guests and one crew member can be accommodated in the 7.1-ton viewing gondola, which will be fitted with a stabilizing system designed to provide a comfortable ride for guests. MacGregor, the crane supplier said "All crane movements will be smooth and immediate, with step less speed control, essential for this type of guest experience. It is also important that the experience is as quiet as possible, so the main power pack will be rubber-suspended to minimize vibrations and noise transmission; the crane housing will also be isolated to minimize noise. Given the vessel's cruising areas, the system is fitted with an air-type cooler to keep the crane's hydraulic oil at a moderate temperature even in very hot ambient conditions, which ensures a long oil life and reliable crane performance."
The 16-deck, 4,180-passenger Quantum of the Seas ship is currently under construction at German shipyard, Meyer Werft and is scheduled to cross from Southampton to New York in autumn 2014. The vessel is then expected to depart New York from her Cape Liberty homeport for 7 to 12-night itineraries during the winter 2014-15 season. Quantum-class sister ship Anthem of the Seas is expected to debut in spring 2015.
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