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Video: Skydivers, robots and bumper cars on the good ship Quantum

What's a billion-dollar cruise ship look like? Check out this passenger video of Quantum of Seas.

The star of this video, Quantum of the Seas, is a billion-dollar cruise ship, dripping with new technology, introduced by Royal Caribbean in late 2014.

Outfitted with an observation pod that extends into the sky, a simulated skydiving chamber, bumper cars, robot bartenders, virtual balconies and fake waves for shipboard surfers, it spent the winter sailing between New Jersey and the Caribbean. Soon it will head to a new home port in Shanghai.

The engineering of the 16-deck, 2,090-cabin ship is remarkable, and the entertainment is pretty flashy, as you can see in the video. (There’s also a notable cameo appearance by New York Harbor’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.) But like so many heroes, Quantum has flaws. Those are mentioned in the video, and covered more thoroughly in this story, which details the eight days I spent aboard Quantum in February.

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