Royal Caribbean orders fourth Quantum-class ship

Quantum-class ships feature the North Star observatory (photo by Leonard Zhukovsky)
Quantum-class ships feature the North Star observatory (photo by Leonard Zhukovsky)

Royal Caribbean has entered into an agreement for the construction of a fourth Quantum-class ship.

Due for delivery in 2019, the as-yet-unnamed vessel will join the Quantum of the Seas, which launched in 2014, Anthem of the Seas, which was introduced last month, and the new Ovation of the Seas, which is scheduled to arrive in spring 2016.

“Today’s announcement is a reflection of the success of the first two Quantum-class ships,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman & CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. “We have received a remarkable response from travel agent partners and travellers, and are thrilled that we’ll be able to deliver another revolutionary ship with our partners at Meyer Werft.”

The Quantum-class ships are among the largest in the world, weighing almost 169,000 tonnes and carrying 4,180 passengers in 2,090 cabins across 16 decks.

A key feature of the ship is the North Star aerial observatory – a glass capsule that extends over the side of the ship, more than 90 metres above the ocean. There are also skydiving and surfing simulators, a large indoor sports and entertainment complex, 18 restaurants, plus a series of bars, lounges and theatres.

“The fourth Quantum class vessel will be a trailblazer in smart-ship design and vacation innovation,” said Michael Bayley, president & CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Royal Caribbean International is synonymous with adventure, and the icons and amenities on this ship will continue to challenge and expand guests’ expectations of the cruise experience.”

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