30/05/13: A contract has been signed with the Meyer Werft shipyard, Germany, for the construction of a third Quantum-class ship for Royal Caribbean Cruises. It will be delivered in mid-2016.
The as-yet-unnamed 4,180-passenger vessel will join the Royal Caribbean International fleet, alongside Quantum of the Seas, which will make its maiden voyage in 2014 following a preview in Southampton, and Anthem of the Seas, due to enter service in 2015.
Design of the new generation ship includes an advantageous configuration which includes a greater proportion of higher priced cabins and that it achieves some of the greatest energy efficiencies at sea, the line said.
Royal Caribbean International president and chief executive Adam Goldstein said: “We are encouraged by the very positive response we received from travel agents and consumers when we first announced some of the unprecedented offerings on Quantum Class last month.
“The Quantum class will offer vacationers more unexpected activities in the most extraordinary spaces, and a third ship will offer even more opportunities for vacationers to experience Quantum cruising.”
Quantum ships span 16 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 cabins and suites.
(Adult Solarium, Quantum)
Malcolm Says: Quantum III is set to be delivered mid-2016, which is around the same time as Oasis III. Oasis III will be constructed at the STX Shipyard, France, unlike her sisters which were constructed at STX Finland. That’s a lot of new tonnage for RCI in 2016!
It has been revealed that RCI have copyrighted the names: Passion of the Seas, Vantage of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Pulse of the Seas.
There is speculation that at least one of the Quantum ships will be deployed worldwide, after-all it is said that they have been designed for operation in cooler climates, like the ‘Radiance’ class.
Quantum Renderings: http://youtu.be/Mj1hNd8vrro