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Former NFL player Dhani Jones has joined Royal Caribbean as the line's new Quantum Experience advisor for Sports and Fitness. Jones will create a game plan for active cruising onboard the new Quantum of the Seas, which launches from New York in November 2014.
The Quantum Experience Advisors roster also includes interior designer and HGTV star Genevieve Gorder. Royal Caribbean is documenting the creative process with both Jones and Gorder at RoyalCaribbean.com/QuantumoftheSeas.
“Mixing an active lifestyle with a zest for life comes naturally for Dhani Jones, whose passion for exploring the world has taken him from the sports field to countless countries around the globe,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, EVP, operations, Royal Caribbean International. “We’re thrilled to draft Dhani as our latest partner to help us take on all things sports and fitness onboard Quantum of the Seas.”
Dhani Jones, a former National Football League player for 11 seasons, is also known for his off-the-field adventures. Starring in his own Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe, the self-proclaimed adventurer participated in many of the world’s games. From Rugby to Sambo, Jones immersed himself in each culture and learned how athletes around the world compete in their favorite sports. Off the field, Jones is currently starring in a new show on FOX Sports 1, Jones and Mosley, and also is an author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, founding a company that sells high-end bow ties for various charities around the world.
Since June 2013, Jones has been collaborating with Royal Caribbean’s guest activities team on their home turf in Miami to create a playbook for thrills and excitement onboard Quantum of the Seas. Over the course of multiple creative sessions, Jones has been lending his expertise on the latest active trends and providing fresh ideas for Quantum’s SeaPlex, the largest sports and entertainment complex at sea – which will feature first-at-sea innovations such as bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school, complete with a flying trapeze.
The next few months will see Jones sampling the existing programs and signature innovations found only on Royal Caribbean, while adding his trademark touches to distinct spaces onboard Quantum of the Seas, including four custom-themed SeaPods which will be found on the mezzanine level of the SeaPlex and will offer spectacular views of the sea. Jones also will help influence programming in the adjacent Sports Deck, which serves up signature Royal Caribbean innovations such as the rock-climbing wall, the FlowRider surf simulator and RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea which allows everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers to enjoy the sheer thrill and exhilaration of skydiving in a safe, controlled, and simulated environment.
“I’m having a phenomenal time working with Royal Caribbean as a Quantum Experience Advisor,” said Jones. “It’s giving me the opportunity to demonstrate my passion for sports, travel, fitness and adventure, and draw on my own experiences traveling the globe to contribute ideas that will bring good fitness and good fun to Quantum of the Seas.”
Gorder has been working with Royal Caribbean’s newbuild and design team since May 2013 to influence and inspire the décor and furnishings in the loft and suite accommodations onboard Quantum of the Seas, where her soulful and whimsical style will be felt throughout. The cruise line plans to reveal several other Quantum Experience Advisors in the coming months.
The new Quantum class will debut in November 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in April 2015. The Quantum-class ships span 16 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms.