Week In Pictures: Royal Caribbean launch; The Core opening; AMEX Lounge at The O2; Rutledge Suite

This week saw Royal Caribbean launch Quantum of the Seas; Newcastle's The Core building open; The O2 unveil its new American Express Invites Lounge; and the launch of the Rutledge Suite at Middle Temple.

Guests preview the new AMEX Lounge at The O2
Guests preview the new AMEX Lounge at The O2
  • The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

    The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

  • The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

    The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

  • The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

    The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

  • The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

    The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

  • The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

    The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

  • The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

    The American Express Lounge. Image courtesy of Blake Ezra

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • Royal Caribbean Quantum

    Royal Caribbean Quantum

  • The Core, Newcastle

    The Core, Newcastle

  • Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

    Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

  • Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

    Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

  • Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

    Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

  • Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

    Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

  • Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

    Rutledge Suite launch, Middle Temple

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This week C&IT attended Royal Caribbean's two-day pre-inaugural cruise for the media and travel trade to mark the launch of its technologically advanced vessel, Quantum of the Seas over the weekend (31 October to 2 November). On the round trip to Southampton via Cornwall guests were served cocktails by a robot at the bionic bar, rode dodgems in the largest indoor active space at sea, and took in the views from the North Star – a capsule that ascends more than 300 feet above sea level.

Monday (3 November) saw Newcastle's The Core open its doors for the first time. The eco-sensitive building is part of Newcastle's new science-and-technology hub, Science Central. Owned by Newcastle City Council and managed by Creative Space Management, the ground floor is available to hire for conferences and events of up to 150 delegates. Further breakout spaces are available on other levels, with two large seminar rooms each holding 36 delegates theatre-style.

The O2 in London unveiled its new American Express Invites Lounge on Monday evening (3 November) to 250 guests from the financial, media and legal sectors. The VIP backstage experience has been given a £2.6m refurbishment by Brighton-based Platform Group. New-look features include private-dining suites and walls decorated with images of The O2’s most memorable performers, emulating the luxury design of the artists’ own backstage area.

Finally, Middle Temple re-opened its Rutledge space with a breakfast launch event on 31 October. Used internally by lawyers for meetings and small conferences, the breakfast launch was to introduce The Rutledge Suite to corporate planners and agencies. Attendees included representatives from MELON, Mask Events, ITA and Prudential.

This week's top 5 stories:

1. Wearable technology to transform travel industry by 2016, says WTM report

2. Government reveals plans to make UK 'conference capital of the world'

3. AOK Events bolsters senior events team

4. Citroën appoints Crown for National Dealer Conference

5. Samme Allen to exit Twickenham for SECC

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