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Spectrum of the Seas overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

Custom built for the Chinese market, Spectrum of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's first Quantum Ultra-Class ship. It may not have been designed for Americans, but this enormous ship stays true to Royal Caribbean’s “go big or go home” approach to cruising with an extensive list of activities and amenities for passengers of all ages. Cruisers can engage in a bumper-car battle or jump to new heights via the virtual reality Sky Pad, then stop by the Splashaway Café for a quick bite before conquering the 200-foot rock-climbing wall or RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator. If virtual or simulated heights aren’t enough, experience breathtaking views for real 300 feet above the water in Spectrum’s North Star glass capsule.

Karaoke nights, two casinos, and adult-only areas provide fun for parents and older passengers, while kids and more active cruisers can spend their days at sea roller skating, playing video games, and attending circus school. This high-tech ship also entertains guests with 3D movies, live music, aerial acrobatics, and a full-sized basketball court. New dining options include the Asian flavors of Sichaun Red and Teppanyaki, along with popular Royal Caribbean staples like the Windjammer Marketplace, Chops Grille, Jamie's Italian, Leaf and Bean, and Izumi's.

Spectrum of the Seas itineraries depart from Shanghai in June 2019, then transition to Hong Kong in winter 2019. Destinations include passenger favorites like Japan, Russia, and the Philippines.

Spectrum of the Seas ship highlights

  • Sky Pad, a virtual reality bungee-trampoline experience
  • SeaPlex, the largest at-sea sports and entertainment complex
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center
  • 1,299-seat Royal Theater with acrobatic performances, 3D movies, and Broadway-inspired shows
  • RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator
  • 200-ft rock-climbing wall
  • North Star glass capsule
  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • Bumper Cars
  • New specialty restaurants Sichuan Red and Teppanyaki
  • Casino Royal and Casino VIP
  • Video arcade for family-friendly fun
  • Two70 bar with nighttime multimedia projection, robotics, and human artistry

Before you book

Reasons to sail Spectrum of the Seas: Spectrum appeals most to active travelers who don’t mind the hustle and bustle you’d find in a big city.

You should know: Travelers who’d prefer to spend their vacation on a less stimulating, more intimate cruise should consider other options. Also, American cruisers looking to explore Asia should know that this ship is built for Chinese cruisers, and the onboard experience will be different than a typical Caribbean sailing.

Spectrum of the Seas ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.8
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 3.5
  • Onboard Activities 3.3
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.3

Spectrum of the Seas cabins

2137 cabins and 41 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


Avg. Cost: $150/night
Oceanview Cabin


Avg. Cost: $163/night
Balcony Cabin


(2 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $202/night
Suite Cabin


(1 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $273/night

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14 Spectrum of the Seas Reviews

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Nice ship but loud, rude fellow passengers and lack of excursions ruined it for us by MorrisonHiker

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Spectrum of the Seas / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Be prepared for rude passengers as many of them cut in line, pushed and shoved to get on elevators before others could get off, YELLED instead of using an "indoor voice", smoked in non-smoking areas and just weren't polite overall. My 71 year old mom was pushed and shoved on more than one occasion. We've been on other Asian cruises and they just aren't as relaxing as cruises in the rest of the world since there are so many rude and LOUD passengers. Also, there were very few excursions offered to English-speaking guests and two of the three excursions that we were interested in were cancelled. If you want to see the Spectrum of the Seas, go for it but be prepared for a rude culture shock and make your own plans for each port of call. We liked the ship and crew but the rude passengers ruined the trip for us.

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Nice but Stressful Cruise by pichetong

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Spectrum of the Seas / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Highly chaotic cruise with hyper guests and super stressed staff. Not one to take if you are looking to relax with many days at sea, as the days at sea are more chaotic than port days.

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Not A good cruise for Westerners. Cruise is focused on the Asian market . by stpetersburg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Spectrum of the Seas / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

I would not recommend this cruise ship for Westerners.

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11 Spectrum of the Seas tips


May 19, 2019

If you want a quick and quite breakfast, instead of the mayhem in the Windjammer (although the food is great) try the café in the 270 lounge.

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Sep 22, 2019

Think twice about which port you take, it could determine how chaotic your cruise will be and you won't be able to relax. With 5-days of sea and only 3 port days, this seems like one that has a stop each day because every day starts with heavy noise and commotion.

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