Oh, the irony. Even as the folks at Cruise Hive readers voted North Star — the jewel-like capsule which lifts guests 300 feet into the air on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class ships — Best Cruise Ship Feature, the line announced that on at least one vessel, enjoying the feature will no longer be free.
Previously complementary on Quantum class ships, both North Star and Ripcord, the line’s sky diving simulator, will now charge guests sailing aboard Quantum Of The Seas. As of now, both features remain free on sister ship Anthem Of The Seas, but experience has left many cruisers skeptical as to just how long until that ship, too, will adapt the pricing policy. $20 per ride on Northstar and $26 per ride in Ripcord by iFly.