Royal Caribbean International – the cruise line known for pushing the limits of what’s possible at sea with industry-leading ship design, features, programming and activities – has teamed up with athlete and adventurer Dhani Jones to create a game plan for active cruising onboard its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, when it launches from the New York area in November 2014.
As ‘Quantum Experience Advisor for Sports and Fitness,’ Jones is the latest celebrity expert to suit up for the cruise line’s Quantum Experience Advisors programme, whose roster also includes interior designer Genevieve Gorder. Royal Caribbean International is documenting the creative process with both Jones and Gorder and fans can tune in to www.RoyalCaribbean.com/QuantumoftheSeas to follow their progress.
“Mixing an active lifestyle with a zest for life comes naturally for Dhani Jones, whose passion for exploring the world has taken him from the sports field to countless countries around the globe,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, executive vice president, operations, Royal Caribbean International. “We’re thrilled to draft Dhani as our latest partner to help us take on all things sports and fitness onboard Quantum of the Seas.”
Since June 2013, Jones has been collaborating with Royal Caribbean International’s guest activities team on their home turf in Miami to create a playbook for thrills and excitement onboard Quantum of the Seas. Over the course of multiple creative sessions, Jones has been lending his expertise on the latest active trends and providing fresh ideas for Quantum’s SeaPlex, the largest sports and entertainment complex at sea – which will feature first-at-sea innovations such as bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school, complete with a flying trapeze.
Dhani Jones, a former National Football League player for 11 seasons, is also known for his off-the-field adventures. Starring in his own Travel Channel show in the U.S., ‘Dhani Tackles the Globe,’ the self-proclaimed adventurer participated in many of the world’s games. From Rugby to Sambo, Jones immersed himself in each culture and learned how athletes around the world compete in their favourite sports.
The next few months will see Jones sampling the existing programmes and signature innovations found only on Royal Caribbean International ships, while adding his trademark touches to distinct spaces onboard Quantum of the Seas, including four custom-themed SeaPods which will be found on the mezzanine level of the SeaPlex and will offer spectacular views of the sea. Jones also will help influence programming in the adjacent Sports Deck, which serves up signature Royal Caribbean International innovations such as the rock-climbing wall, the FlowRider surf simulator and RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea which allows everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers to enjoy the sheer thrill and exhilaration of skydiving in a safe, controlled, and simulated environment.
“I’m having a phenomenal time working with Royal Caribbean International as a Quantum Experience Advisor,” said Jones. “It’s giving me the opportunity to demonstrate my passion for sports, travel, fitness and adventure, and draw on my own experiences travelling the globe to contribute ideas that will bring good fitness and good fun to Quantum of the Seas.”
In addition to Jones, Royal Caribbean International also has partnered with Genevieve Gorder, one of America’s favourite interior designers as the cruise line’s ‘Quantum Experience Advisor for Design’. Gorder has been working with the newbuild and design team since May 2013 to influence and inspire the décor and furnishings in the loft and suite accommodations onboard Quantum of the Seas, where her style will be felt throughout. The cruise line plans to reveal several other Quantum Experience Advisors in the coming months, and consumers can stay up-to-date on the programme by visiting www.RoyalCaribbean.com/QuantumoftheSeas.
The new Quantum class will debut in November 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in April 2015. The Quantum-class ships span 16 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms.