Royal Caribbean Announces New Quantum Class Cruise Ships
Royal Caribbean has announced its new class of ships, officially called Quantum Class, but referred to internally as Project Sunshine. Additionally, they have announced that the first two ships will be named Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas.
Quantum of the Seas will debut in 2014, and Anthem of the Seas will be ready in 2015.
"We are extremely excited to celebrate this important milestone in our first Project Sunshine ship. After three years of design and advanced planning this is the first step in the construction of the ship and I look forward to seeing it all come together in the coming months," said President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, Adam Goldstein. "The new ship will be such a leap forward in terms of vessel design and guest experiences that we thought the name Quantum of the Seas was perfectly appropriate."
"Throughout our history we have made huge strides in cruise ship design and innovation and the Quantum Class will be no exception," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. "We look forward to introducing consumers to Quantum cruising."
The first piece of steel has been cut for the first two Quantum Class ships, taking place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where the two ships will be built. At 158,000 tons, the new ships will be much smaller than the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which come in at 225.282 tons each and rank as the world's largest cruise ships.
The Quantum Class ships will carry about 4,100 passengers at double occupancy (5,400 passengers for Oasis Class ships), but no other details have been released yet.
Royal Caribbean has also ordered a third Oasis Class ship to be built, which is expected to be delivered in middle to late 2016.
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Source: Royal Caribbean Blog, 7 February 2013.