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Get a 360-degree world record-breaking view from 300 feet above a cruise ship

A unique attraction has broken the Guinness World Record for being the highest viewing deck ever to be placed on a cruise ship, which allows guests to watch the starry night sky from a unique and breathtaking vantage point.

The North Star attraction offers guests a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
The North Star attraction offers guests a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Image by Royal Caribbean
The observation deck is raised 300-feet above the cruise ship.
The observation deck is raised 300 feet above the cruise ship. Image by Royal Caribbean

Introduced in 2014 by Royal Caribbean, the North Star attraction is part of the cruise liner’s Quantum class line of ships and offers an exclusive experience that takes guests on a journey in a capsule that rises 300 feet in the air. The pod rotates upwards and over the sides of the ship, offering 360-degree views of the surrounding sea. The North Star can be seen on board the Quantum of the Seas, homeported in Beijing, Ovation of the Seas, homeported in Sydney and Anthem of the Sea, which currently sails from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New York to Bermuda, The Bahamas and the Caribbean.

The breath-taking attraction broke the Guinness World Record recently for highest observation deck on-board a cruise ship.
The breathtaking attraction broke the Guinness World Record recently for highest observation deck onboard a cruise ship. Image by Royal Caribbean
The North Star is available on-board the Quantum class line of ships.
The North Star is available onboard the Quantum class line of ships. Image by Royal Caribbean

Famous sights that will be available to guests on board the ships include the statue of liberty in New York, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, the Milford Sound fiord in New Zealand, the Sydney Opera House and the Hong Kong Skyline. The stunning glass observation pod has been a hit with passengers over the past two years and just last week received the official designation as highest cruise ship observation desk in the world.

Guests will be able to view sights such as the Hong Kong skyline and the Sydney Opera house from the deck.
Guests will be able to view sights such as the Hong Kong skyline and the Sydney Opera house from the deck. Image by Royal Caribbean

More information on experiencing the North Star attraction is available on the Royal Caribbean website.