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Quantum of the Seas Two70 Lounge
If you have ever visited a cruise ship, you might have stumbled across the so-called "Secondary Showlounge". By day, this is the place for dance classes, play Bingo or meet for shore excursions. At night, this might be the location for the Captain's Cocktail Party, the 50s and 60s sock hop and other audience participation games. These rooms take up a lot of space and generally don't generate much income for the cruise line - at least during the day. When Quantum of the Seas entered service in November, 2014, all eyes turned to the bumper cars, the observation pod called North Star, a skydiving tube and inside staterooms with virtual balconies. But to me, one of the most remarkable innovations on board is the reinvention of the Secondary Showroom. Enter the Two70 Lounge!
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Located all the way aft, this is a secondary show lounge like no other. More a living room than proper lounge, you will find a neat little self service area at the entrance to Two70 that doubles as a trendy coffee house. You can pick up breakfast, lunch or a latte macchiato here and then enter the lounge. Two70 is huge, two decks high and surrounded by windows. Two70 degrees of windows to be precise! So besides coffee house, this is also the ship's Observation Lounge. There is a super trendy bar on port side where you will find the trendy set drinking their cocktails in the afternoon. At first glance, Two70's furniture seems like a mix-match. There's seats & sofa's in all shapes, colors and sizes. During the day, the place is utterly inviting to just sit down, relax and enjoy the view or read a book. And remember, the second latte macchiato is just a few steps away.
 
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After a busy cocktail hour, when the sun has set, Two70 changes character. Huge electronic screens cover the wall of windows and a sophisticated sound & light system gives the room a completely different feel. Shows are performed here, but they are not your run of the mill production shows. I was positively thrilled with the StarWater show, which made optimal use of all unique facets of the room. Performers miraculously appeared and disappeared and the vibe changed with every song. The grande finale of the show signalled the beginning of a dance party. The scene changed again and the crowed danced in front of a wall of (virtual) fireworks. And so Quantum of the Seas' designers have turned a traditional space into an inviting all-day, all-night venue. Is this genius? I think it is.
 
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