Royal Caribbean inks deal to build the third Quantum-class ship

Third Quantum-class ship scheduled for mid-2016 launch.

And baby makes three! Royal Caribbean has announced that there will be a third yet-unnamed Quantum-class ship to join sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, launching in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The newest super-ship will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, where the other two ships will also be constructed.

Artist rendering of the new Quantum of the Seas to debut in 2014.
Artist rendering of the new Quantum of the Seas to debut in 2014.

What was the reaction when some of the amazing new features of the Quantum of the Seas were revealed last month?

“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,” said Adam Goldstein, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean International. “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.”

These are going to be three incredible ships.  It was announced that they will be state-of-the-art on energy efficiencies.  Next, there’s North Star, that capsule-like ball mounted on the end of a mechanical crane that will transport guests more than 300 feet into the air and over the water.  Looking for something more grounded, there’ll be a bumper car ride and roller skating.  For those that have always wanted to experience skydiving but not from 10,000 feet, guests can fasten on their helmets and step into RipCord by iFly, a parachuting simulator.

With 16 decks, 4,180 passengers and weighing 167,800 tons, the Quantum Class ships are going to be Royal Caribbean’s most innovative ships yet.  The interior staterooms will be fitted with Virtual Balconies which will provide a “view” to the outdoors, as if you had a real balcony.  Just when you thought cruise ships couldn’t get any better/bigger/bolder, right?

Photo credit: Royal Caribbean

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