Royal Caribbean International took delivery of the newest addition to its fleet yesterday, Quantum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft Yard in Germany.
With Captain Srecko “Felix” Ban at the helm, the ship will began its journey to Southampton, U.K., where it will welcome its first guests on Nov. 2, for a transatlantic voyage to its home port of Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, New Jersey.
Quantum of the Seas will sail from New York to the Bahamas and the Caribbean for its inaugural season before departing for its new homeport of Shanghai (Baoshan), China, in May 2015. Sister-ship Anthem of the Seas will debut in Southampton in April 2015 and sail Mediterranean itineraries.
Quantum-class ships offer new unprecedented features, such as RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea; the North Star, an engineering marvel that transports guests more than 300 feet above the ocean; SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; as well as the Bionic Bar powered by Makr Shakr which features the world’s first robotic bartenders.
The ships also showcase the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever, including the industry’s first-ever staterooms with Virtual Balconies, which offer expansive, real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations from every interior stateroom.
Pictured, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain (r) and Meyer Werft Yard’s managing partner Bernard Meyer at the official signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.