Every year, 6.8 million people come from around the world to visit the Eiffel Tower. More than 10,000 people ride elevators to the top of the Empire State Building daily to take in one of the world’s most bustling metropolises. Seattle has the Space Needle, London has the London Eye and Tokyo has the Sky Tree, all of which allow visitors to get to know the fabric of a new city from up high.
Views, it turns out, are not just a geography tool, they are also important to creating lasting memories. Getting to the top is a key vacation activity that has been limited to the world’s tallest buildings and land-based attractions, until now. Royal Caribbean’s new ship, Quantum of the Seas, will introduce this classic sightseeing activity with the debut of North Star, which will give guests an unparalleled 360 degree view of the sea and the opportunity to seize the moment however they choose.
Deemed an "unprecedented attraction" by Conde Nast Traveler, North Star is a glass-enclosed pod that rises more than 300 feet above sea level. Instead of cityscapes, the North Star will offer those thrilled by heights a 15-minute, aerial perspective of unobstructed sunrises, sunsets, ports of call and the boundless ocean itself. Guests can wait their turn for a complimentary ride at any point during their cruise vacations or for special occasions (think proposals, wedding ceremonies or special family experiences), premium packages can be purchased and reserved in advance.