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Quantum of the Seas begins River Ems conveyance

Posted by RCI fans on September 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean's latest ship, Quantum of the Seas has now left the Meyer Weft shipyard.


Quantum of the Seas is now sailing the 32km journey from Papenburg, along the River Ems towards the North Sea. A journey which is scheduled to take 10 hours. 


The conveyance of a new cruise ship is always an exciting, yet sad time for the Meyer Werft shipyard, due to the fact that it will never be physically possible for the ship to return. Mainly due to the shallow depth of the river and the extra weight added to the ship during the outfitting. 


Royal Caribbean have created a great infographic explaining the challenges and obstacles thatface the conveyance of Quantum of the Seas.





Royal Caribbean trademarks 5 new cruise ship names

Posted by RCI fans on September 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Following the naming of Ovation of the Seas yesterday, Royal Caribbean have filed a trademark on five new names, which could be used for future ships. 



 


Spectrum of the Seas, Joy of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Emblem of the Seas and Apex of the Seas were all submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on September 15th. In addition, previous trademarked names including Ovation of the Seas, as well as Pulse of the Seas and Passion of the Seas were renewed. 


Royal Caribbean are yet to announce the name of their two new, upcoming Oasis-class vessels and it is likely that these names will be considered.

Royal Caribbean names 3rd Quantum-class ship Ovation of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on September 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)


With Quantum of the Seas' delivery date fast approaching, Royal Caribbean have released the name of its 3rd Quantum-class vessel.



The first steel-cutting for Ovation of the Seas took place today and the ship will launch in Autumn 2016. 


Ovation of the Seas, was one of the 6 names Royal Caribbean trademarked back in January 2013. These also included Anthem of the Seas, Passion of the Seas, Pulse of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and Vantage of the Seas.

Barcelona welcomes Oasis of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on September 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Oasis of the Seas has finally arrived into Barcelona.



Image: Twitter / @RoyalESP


The largest cruise ship in the world, departed For Lauderdale on September 1st, before crossing the atlantic and calling at Malaga on the 11th.


The ship will stay in Barcelona until 7pm tonight and will then complete two 5-night cruises to Rome and Naples. After which she will sail to Rotterdam for routine maintenance. 

Oasis of the Seas arrives in Malaga

Posted by RCI fans on September 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 The largest cruise ship in the world, Oasis of the Seas, has arrived in Europe today for the very first time since construction in 2009.



Image: Salvador Salas


After departing Fort Lauderdale on September 1st, Oasis of the Seas arrived at 8am in the port of Malaga and will stay there until 8pm.


The ship is heading to Barcelona, where it will conduct a couple of cruises sailing to Rome and Naples. It will then sail for Rotterdam where it will undergo maintenence and enhancements including remodelling of the main dining room in order to offer Dynamic Dining


The ship will then depart Rotterdam on the 14th October, before arriving into Southampton on the 15th October and making its ocean voyage back to Fort Laurderdale arriving back on the 27th. 


To celebrate the arrival of Oasis of the Seas, Malaga is holding special celebrations throughout the town. Malaga's Department of Tourism has prepared musical activities in different parts of the historic center, these include flamenco dancing.

 

At 11am, the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, and the Councillor for Tourism, Julio Andrade, toured Oasis fo the Seas and delivered a commemorative plaque to the ship's captain.


Dynamic Dining coming to Oasis of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on September 6, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean's new Dynamic Dining idea which will be launched on board Quantum and Anthem of the Seas will be expanded onto Oasis of the Seas when she enters drydock in Rotterdam later this month. 


Dynamic Dining on board the Quantum class consists of 4 main dining rooms all offering different styles of food. "The Grand" will be a more formal venue with a dress code to match, whereas for contemporary cuisine, guests can head to "Chic". "Silk" is the place to dine for those who enjoy Asian cusine. Guests wanting American comfort food will be more than content in the "American Icon Grill."




It is still not known if these 4 venues will appear on Oasis or if different restuarants will be added.


Dynamic Dining gives guests flexibilty to choose what they want and when they want to eat, with no assigned times or allocated tables. 


The current main dining room and other dining venues will be remodelled during the refit in October, but Dynamic Dining will not begin until March 2015. 


It is also likely that Allure of the Seas will get the same enhancements when she enters drydock.

'We Will Rock You' to feature on Anthem of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on September 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced that 'We Will Rock You' will headline on Anthem of the Seas when she enters service in 2015. 



“On our new Quantum class, guests can expect an entertainment experience that transcends anything they’ve ever seen before, and We Will Rock You is no exception,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “We’re thrilled to bring the timeless rock ballads of Queen to our most appropriately named ship.”


Similar to on Quantum of the Seas, there will be an after party, where guests can meet the cast. 

Special reveal event unveiling game-changing technology on board Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on August 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced a live streaming telecast, which will unveil game-changing technology on board Quantum of the Seas.


The live-event will take place on Monday 25th August at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and will be presented by Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. The event will begin at 10am (EST) which will be 3pm in the UK.


Richard Fain will also be accompanied by David Pogue, Yahoo Tech Columnist & host of NOVA ScienceNOW.


Tune into the broadcast by clicking on the image below or visting royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com.



Giant Polar Bear installed on Quantum of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on August 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It's official, the first passenger on board Quantum of the Seas is......a polar bear! 



Image: Royal Caribbean International


This giant pink sculpture is the creation of Australian artist, Lawrence Argent, who has created similar pieces of work featuring polar bears, rabbits and pandas.


The installation for Quantum of the Seas is called "From Afar" and stands 30 feet tall and has a weight of 8 tons. It is located on the top deck leaning against the SeaPlex and rock climbing wall, looking out to sea. 


Argent's signature style uses triangles and this gigantic sculpture consists of 1,340 of them!


The pink polar bear had to be transported from the fabrication building on barge to Papenburg, where it was then lifted into the air by a crane and placed onto a flatbed truck which then delivered it to the construction hall, ready to be installed onto the ship. 


Lawrence Argent stated, "It will be seen by many, many, many, many people. That's an exhilirating experience for an artist. I've done many projects throughout the world and they're always static in a specific city or venue."

LIVE BROADCAST: Quantum of the Seas float out

Posted by RCI fans on August 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (3)

Quantum of the Seas is expected to be floated out of the Meyer Werft construction hall at 4am UTC on Wednesday 13th August 2014.


We've teamed up with HD1080ide to bring you a LIVE feed direct from Papenburg, Germany of this exciting event!


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Please note that date and time is subject to change. For updates follow us on Twitter with hashtag #QuantumFloats




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