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Grading the world's first 'smartship,' Quantum of the Seas
Grading the world's first 'smartship,' Quantum of the Seas

It was Friday, Feb. 13, a 15-degree winter morning. But that did nothing to discourage the thousands of travelers who turned up to seek happiness alongside the ice-slick docks in Bayonne, N.J. The attraction? Quantum of the Seas, which is not a James Bond sequel but a $1-billion Royal Caribbean cruise ship. It launched in late 2014 and will soon head to China. Some people think it's the future of cruising. Others aren't so sure. But plenty are curious. By 3:45 p.m., we passengers — about 4,800 of us on a seven-night itinerary to Florida and the Bahamas — were racing from novelty to novelty on the 1,141-foot-long ship. On Deck 16: simulated skydiving in a...

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