There is nothing to flash in the bridge room of Captain Charles Teige.
But it’s about the only place on the huge Voyager of the Seas cruise ship that has been left undisturbed by a $ 80 million makeover that has made it one of the most successful ships ever to sail.
Whether it is intentional or not, his office has clearly escaped the glitz and glamor of the refurbished Voyagers of the Sea of the Royal Caribbeans.
Despite the sparkling new interior of his ship – which cost $ 80 million – the captain’s command room seems to have been left untouched.
The bridge room – with uninterrupted views of the well, the sea – has a classic old-fashioned feel but a touch of retro with its soft velvet blue lounges and traditional navigation gadgets to an intriguing scooter in the middle of the room.
On deck 10 of the largest ship in Australia, this is what can be considered the best seat in the house.
Then there is the world’s first smart ship – Quantum of the Seas that costs $ 1 billion – complete with a robot beam and a skydiving simulator.
Daily Mail Australia got behind the scenes access to two of these revolutionary cruise ships.
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Aboard the world’s first smart ship – Quantum of the Seas, which costs $ 1 billion – has a rock climbing wall and a giant pink bear named Felicia
It is located next to a gigantic octagonal image of the bear that the crew has lovingly named Felicia
The ship also has a skydiving simulator – iFly from RipCord
The iFly marks the first time that such a simulator appeared on a cruise ship
The Voyager – which left for the first time since its renovation of several million dollars – embarked on a 14-day trip from Singapore and arrived in Sydney on Monday morning.
Aboard the exclusive part of the ship, just outside the bridge room, hangs a collage of landscapes that capture the natural beauty of Norway – the home of Captain Charles Teige.
What is striking about the room of the captain of the rest of the luxury ship is an appropriate and simple color scheme of sea blue carpet, curtains, lounges and ceilings.
The room lets the wall to wall windows do the talking, taking advantage of the panoramic view of the water that is beautiful from this part of the deck.
Although for security reasons not too much was revealed in the background of the bridge room, there was a special feature that stood out from the rest.
The scooter, with a ‘captain’ engraved on the front, has historical value.
It was donated by the shipyard in Finland that built the Voyager in 1999 and is therefore just as old as the ship itself.
After taking over the ship’s reign since – in 2002 – Captain Charles is proud of the Voyager and how far it has come over the years.
The ship sailed from Singapore to Darwin, Brisbane and then Sydney
Voyager of the Sea from Royal Caribbean left for the first time since the $ 80 million makeover for a 14-day trip and arrived in Sydney on Monday
A view of the upper deck of the Voyager, with one of the newest and most important attractions, the FlowRider – a surfing pool
The Royal Promenade in the ship, with high-end stores, was also part of the major renovation
Captain Charles Teige, from Norway, depicted in the ship’s bridge room during the voyage to Sydney
The majority of the bridge remained untouched despite the major renovation of the ship
The scooter has a historic value because it was donated by a shipyard in Finland when the ship was first built in 1999
The bridge has a classic old school feel with an appropriate yet simple color scheme of sea blue carpet, ceilings, lounges and curtains
The 50-year-old spoke with Daily Mail Australia just before his ship ended his first voyage in Sydney since his major makeover.
“She’s a fantastic ship,” he said.
“This ship is around 14,000 tons and we are three times larger than the Titanic.”
The Voyager with 15 decks, 311 m long and 38 m wide, can accommodate 3,989 passengers and 1,176 crew members.
In 1999, when the Voyager was first built, it was the largest cruise ship in the world. Now it is the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas of the Royal Caribbean.
Commanding the Voyager, which recently underwent a large dry dock in October and ended just two weeks ago, has fulfilled the childhood dreams of Captain Charles.
He explained that his father and grandfather were both commanders of a ship.
“I knew I wanted to be a captain when I was five years old, but I never dreamed to be a captain of a fantastic ship like this,” he said.
“It is something all Norwegians dream of and I come from three generations of captains.”
While the new and improved cruise ship features the addition of three specialty restaurants and a giant poolside movie theater to virtual ocean views from passenger cabins and a new swimming surf attraction called the FlowRider – Captain Charles was not surprised that his office was undergoing only a few upgrades for the bridge facilities and was also refurbished.
“If you love the ocean, this is a great place to be,” he said.
The 15-year-old Voyager of the Seas arrived in Sydney Harbor on Monday morning
A view of the outside functions of the ship, including a wide screen cinema and various swimming pools for guests
But the Voyager does not stop at the Royal Caribbean.
The first smart ship in the world – the Quantum of the Seas – has a robot bar, a skydiving simulator and a pod that takes travelers 90 meters into the air.
Built in Germany, the ship cost more than $ 1 billion and will remain in New York for a few months before migrating to Asia.
Daily Mail Australia also received a tour behind the scenes of the ship, including the captain’s cockpit, engine room and waste management rooms.
Quantum has 17 restaurants, 11 free restaurants and 7 specialties. Some of the special establishments are Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian, Devinly Decadence by Devin Alexander by Biggest Loser chef and Michael’s Genuine Pub by Michael Schwartz.
The different kitchens feed more than 4000 passangers, go through 6800 kilograms of rice and more than 216000 eggs every week.
Quantum Of The Seas from Royal Caribbean is touted as the world’s first “smart ship” thanks to a series of new technological innovations
The crew members on board the 16-deck 348m x 41m ship are constantly under surveillance
The ship cost more than $ 1 billion to produce, with technological innovations inside and outside the control room
Green: the ship is touted as the most environmentally friendly cruise ship in use, 20% more economical than the already established Oasis and Allure Of The Seas lines from Royal Caribbean
The different kitchens feed more than 4000 passangers, go through 6800 kilograms of rice and more than 216000 eggs every week
The kitchens are staffed 24 hours a day to prepare you for the day ahead
The ship is called a ‘smart ship’ for various reasons, in particular due to various technological innovations.
First a cruise ship, the Quantum ship has a skydiving simulator called iFly, developed by RipCord.
Above the iFly is the North Star, a glass sphere into which travelers step and which is then turned 90 meters into the air.
Beyond the ‘first at sea’ functions there is a ‘first ever’ – the Bionic Bar, which has two robot arms – B10 and N1C – serves cocktails that customers order via tablets.
When it comes to entertainment, the ship has a music hall and Two70, an entertainment location where the Mamma Mia and Starwater productions are currently located.
A wall on the side shows the cue, and customers can choose an established cocktail or design their own cocktail
The most important among them is the Bionic Bar – where customers are served by robotic bartenders
The cyborg arms – called B10 and N1C – jump into pouring, stirring and shaking after cocktails have been ordered via tablets
Another first is the North Star, a glass globe that circles the ship and brings travelers up to 90 meters high
The North Star is designed to provide views that are usually only experienced by helicopter passengers
The Quantum has been advertised as the most environmentally friendly cruise ship in operation, no less than 20 percent more efficient than the already established Oasis and Allure Of The Seas lines from Royal Caribbean.
It is the first to introduce an Advanced Emission Purification system, which releases sulfur dioxide emissions. Quantum only works on LED lamps and completely removes itself from incandescent lamps.
The 16-deck, 348m x 41m ship is further equipped with a rock climbing station – in addition to a graceful pink bear statue, which the crew has playfully Felicia, a ‘FlowRider’ surf simulator and the SeaPlex, a location for younger travelers called bumper cars, basketball courts, ping pong tables and video games.
The ship is supported by around 450 times the industry standard of bandwidth, allowing smooth internet access when the ship is far at sea.
For the children is the SeaPlex, a location with bumper cars, basketball courts, table tennis tables and video games
Quantum has 17 restaurants, 11 free restaurants and 7 specialties
Two70 is the entertainment location of the cruise and uses 18 projectors and six screens that can be seen here during a Starwater performance