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'We Will Rock You' to feature on Anthem of the Seas - 6th September 2014

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 - 22nd August 2014

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

Giant Polar Bear installed on Quantum of the Seas - 12th August 2014

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

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."

Quantum of the Seas float out - 5th August 2014

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!

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

Lifeboats arrive for Quantum of the Seas - 30th July 2014

Image: / North Sea Man 

With the float-out of Royal Caribbean's latest vessel, Qauntum of the Seas, expected to be on Saturday 9th August, the ships' lifeboats and tenders are starting to arrive.

The futuristic lifeboats are being built at the Fassmer shipyard just outside of Bremen, which is approximately 100km away from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. They are then being transported by inland waterways and expected to arrive in Papenburg on Thursday.

Each lifeboat is 12.5 meters long and 5.4 meters wide. Quantum of the Seas will be outfitted before entering service in November 2014.

Giant Anthem of the Seas section floated out - 1st June 2014

A giant 120-metre section of Anthem of the Seas was floated out of the construction hall at Meyer Werft on Sunday. The impressive sight was captured by InselVideo and offered the first true glimpse and scale of the Quantum class ships.

Image: InselVideo

57 night'Global Odyssey' for Quantum of the Seas - 19th May 2014

Royal Caribbean has today announced Quantum of the Seas' repositioning voyage from Bayonne, NJ to Shanghai, China.

The 57-night  'Quantum Global Odyssey' will call at some of the top cosmopolitan cities in the world, including Barcelona, Dubai and Singapore, as it sails on its nearly 2-month, epic journey around the world. 

The ship will leave New Jersey on May 2nd 2015 and traverse the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

For those unable to do the entire 57-night voyage, guests can choose among six other sailings along the way ranging from three- to 16-night itineraries. 

The Quantum Global Odyssey will go on sale from May 20th 2014 for Crown and Anchor members and 22nd May for the general public.

Quantum of the Seas heads for China in 2015 - 16th April 2014

Royal Caribbean has revealed that it will be sending its latest ship, Quantum of the Seas to China in May 2015.

Quantum of the Seas which will sail out of New Jersey, NY for the winter season, will be repositioned to China for the summer season, where she will join fleet-mates Mariner and Voyager of the Seas.

"Consumers in China have grown to expect the best the world has to offer, and Quantum of the Seas meets that standard like no other ship," said Adam Goldstein, President and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "We are ready to accelerate the growth of this vital market with a ship that will capture the imagination of travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience."

"Every trend we are seeing in China tells us we can achieve real long-term competitive advantage and appealing returns on our investments in this fast-growing market by accelerating our presence there," Goldstein said. "We will have to be nimble, but the ability to move fast is one of our strengths."

Goldstein said the company was able to make the move because its new-ship pipeline will keep the New York region supplied with top-rate ships as well.

"We are very mindful of the importance of New York, which is why we are bringing Liberty of the Seas and then Anthem of the Seas to this market."

The ship will sail three- to eight-night itineraries year-round from Shanghai to Japan and Korea.

Liberty of the Seas will arrive to Cape Liberty for the summer and autumn 2015 season, sailing to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Canada and New England. Anthem of the Seas will complete her inaugural Europe season from Southampton, before sailing to Cape Liberty in November 2015 offering cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean for the winter 2015-16 season.

Anthem of the Seas dining venues leaked - 25th March 2014

Royal Caribbean Fans has been shown exclusive details regarding Anthem of the Seas' dining options.

It seems Royal Caribbean mistakenly published new deck plans and information online, which has now been shared on Wikipedia.

The leaked information comes just a day before the reveal event in New York City.

Unlike current vessels in the fleet, there will be no main dining room, rather 4 large individual dining rooms specialising in different cuisines. "The Grand" will be a more formal venue, whereas for contemporary cuisine, guests can head to "Chic" For Asian cuisine, "Silk" is the place to dine.

Another restaurant expected to be popular is the "American Icon Grill" serving American comfort food.

For those guests wanting a more intimate experience, there will be several smaller dining venues, "Michael's Genuine Pub" will serve traditional pub fare from chef Michael Schwartz. "Jamies Italian" will serve italian dishes created by Jamie Oliver. Were still not quite sure what culinery surprises await us at the "Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine" restaurant, however taking a quick guess, the venue may serve unusual and not-so-traditional food! "Coastal Kitchen" will be a private restaurant for suite guests only, serving a mixture of Californian and Mediterranean dishes. "The Grill" is the perfect place to grab a snack, or an all-day breakfast, plus the venue is open 24-hours. It is currently not known if these venues will require a cover charge. 

If some of these choices sound too much, then don't panic. Anthem of the Seas will still feature Royal Caribbean classics, including Sorrentos, Café Promenade, Chops Grille, Izumi, Chef's Table, Johnny Rockets and Windjammer Marketplace.

Also onboard will be the "Solarium Bistro", "The Café @ Two70°" (similar to the "Park Café" on other Royal Caribbean ships) and "SeaPlex Dog House" (similar to the "Boardwalk Dog House" on other Royal Caribbean ships)

Quantum class dining to be revealed soon! - 4th March 2014

Royal Caribbean have been very quiet about the dining features on board Quantum of the Seas, but all that is about to change very shortly!

A special 'reveal' event is expected to be held on March 26th in New York City in front of the press and selected Diamond+ and Pinnacle members. 

Royal Caribbean promised that Quantum of the Seas would have "the most flexible dining options and more specialty restaurants than ever before."

It is likely that Chops Grille and Giovanni's, both favourites with guests, will make a return to Quantum of the Seas. The ship will also see the addition of a new Mexican restaurant called Sabor, which debuted on Navigator of the Seas earlier this year. 

There are also many rumors about a Celebrity chef restaurant on board. 

Anthem of the Seas cruises go on sale - 27th February 2014

Cruises on board Royal Caribbean's latest ship, Anthem of the Seas, went on sale to its Crown and Anchor members on Wednesday 26th February.

The sister ship to Quantum of the Seas, will launch in April 2015, sailing from Southampton in the summer season, and Fort Lauderdale for the winter season.

The ship will operate various itineraries ranging from short 3- and 4-night 'taster' cruises up to 16-night Mediterranean itineraries.

A 3-night taster cruise from Southampton to Brugge and Le Havre starts at £399. If you're wanting a longer cruise, 14-night cruise in July 2015 costs £1599.

Royal Caribbean releases Anthem of the Seas itineraries - 11th February 2014 

Royal Caribbean has unveiled a selection of itineraries that Anthem of the Seas will sail to in summer 2015.

Anthem will embark on 20 voyages from Southampton in 2015 from 3-night cruises up to 16-nights. As Anthem is a brand new and revolutionary ship for the UK market, there is a strong focus on 'taster' cruises, designed to attract new cruisers.

Due for delivery in Spring 2015, Anthem of the Seas' itineraries, will go on sale from 3rd March 2014 and 26th February for Crown and Anchor members. 

Her first cruise from Southampton will depart on 22nd April 2015 before heading of to Fort Laurdersale for the winter months. 

Highlights of the many itineraries include:

  • Five 3/4-night taster cruises calling at Bruges and Le Havre
  • One 7 and one 8-night cruise calling at Bilbao and Le Havre. 
  • A 16-night Mediterranean Cities of Distinction cruise including visits to Barcelona, Nice, Rome, Seville and Lisbon.
  • Three 13-nights, one 10-night and one 12-night Sunshine in the Canaries cruise.
  • One 7-night Norwegian Fjords sailing
  • Two 14-night Italian Mediterranean sailings
  • One 14-night Spain and Mediterranean Beaches sailing including an overnight in Palma De Mallorca and a late departure from Ibiza.

A 14-night cruise onboard Anthem of the Seas starts from £1599 based on a July 2015 departure. A three-night taster cruise departing in May 2015 starts from £499.

Anthem of the Seas to call at St Maarten every 2 weeks - 7th December 2013

A St Maarten cruise schedule has revealed that Anthem of the Seas will make bi-weekly stops at the Caribbean port. 

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas will make her first stop in St Maarten on 9th November 2015, after she leaves Southampton earlier that month to begin the winter season sailing from Fort Lauderdale.

However, she will not make another call into the port until a month later on 9th December 2015. After which she will operate a bi-weekly schedule calling at St Maarten. It is unknown where the ship will sail to during that time, although it may be likely that several 'taster cruises' will take place.

Her final call in St Maarten, will be 21st April 2016, where she will then sail back to Southampton for her summer season.

Mamma Mia! Royal Caribbean announces Quantum's musical - 28th November 2013

Royal Caribbean has announced that Mamma Mia! - the smash hit musical, will get passengers 'super trooping' in the aisles, when the show will headline on Quantum of the Seas next year. 

The first details of the new ship’s entertainment offerings were revealed to viewers who tuned in to watch the cruise line’s float, “A World at Sea,” set sail down the streets of Manhattan as part of the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Many cruise fans thought the show choosen would be "Wicked", due to the fact that Quantum of the Seas' godmother, Krisitn Chenoweth, played the role as Elphaba in the Broadway production.

“The debut of Mamma Mia! onboard Quantum of the Seas continues to raise the bar of what we offer our guests onboard our latest groundbreaking ship,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Since introducing Hairspray onboard Oasis of the Seas in 2009, our Tony award-winning musical productions have been incredibly well-received by guests, and we are proud to expand our Broadway at sea offerings with our fourth licensed main-stage production – more than any other cruise line.”

More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show. The sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek Island paradise where on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. ABBA’s greatest hits – including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” – propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

As the only cruise line to offer Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals at sea, Royal Caribbean guests can enjoy the 60’s-inspired bebop of Hairspray on Oasis of the Seas, the jazz-infused score of Chicago: The Musical on Allure of the Seas, the toe-tapping disco beats of Saturday Night Fever on Liberty of the Seas and now, the storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs in MAMMA MIA! on the new Quantum of the Seas.

Anthem of the Seas will be based in UK - 21st November 2013

The most innovative and technologically advanced cruise ship ever will be based in the UK. Anthem of the Seas will call Southampton its home in 2015. 

Anthem will be based in the UK for the summer season, before spending the winter season in Fort Laurderdale. 

Over 80,000 guest are expected to sail on Royal Caribbean's latest ship in 2015 alone. 

At a special event at the Heron Tower in London, Royal Caribbean celebrated the news, with a live performance by the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra. 

Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, explains:

“Our business has a long history with the port of Southampton, and over the last ten years we have annually increased the number of cruise opportunities from the port. We are eyeing more growth with the introduction of the new ship Anthem of the Seas in 2015. Our commitment to providing unrivalled holiday experiences on-board the world’s most advanced and activity-packed ships is unwavering.”

Stuart Leven, newly appointed managing director for Royal Caribbean International, UK and Ireland, adds:

“The UK and Ireland is a key market for us and the new ship will reward our trade partners who have continued to support us. We are gearing up to have a full team dedicated purely to this brand, including an extensive Royal Caribbean International specific sales team on the road. Plus, we have now made one of the most significant deployment announcements of recent years. It is a really exciting time for the Royal Caribbean International business and our strive for continued growth could not be clearer. I’m looking forward to working with our agent partners to welcome Anthem of the Seas to the UK in style.”

At a cost of €170,000 per berth, Anthem of the Seas is also one of the most architecturally and technologically advanced ships ever built. It will replace Royal Caribbean International’s 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas which has sailed from Southampton since its launch in 2008. At the time, Independence of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world.

Over the years, UK cruisers have grown a stong relationship with Independence of the Seas and will greatly miss her.

At 167,800 GRT Anthem of the Seas is 348 meters long, 41 meters wide and has 16 guest decks. This is almost the equivalent in length of 32 London buses, 3½ football pitches, or nearly five of the world’s largest passenger aeroplane, the A380. The space allows Anthem of the Seas to offer more activities than any other cruise ship that has ever sailed from the UK.

Anthem of the Seas will set sail in April 2015.

Keel laying ceremony fo Anthem of the Seas - 19th November 2013

The keel-laying ceremony for Anthem of the Seas has now taken place.

This milestone marks the official start of construction for the vessel, which will debut in 2015.

Meyer Werft unveils Quantum Webcam - 17th October 2013

The Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has unveiled a webcam that will show construction progress on the Quantum of the Seas, that is currently being built at the 504m yard.

Image: Meyer Werft

The webcam is a static image that is updated every Monday.  

The webcam will continue to monitor the construction of Quantum of the Seas, until she leaves the yard towards the end of 2014. 

You can view the webcam yourself on the Meyer Werft website here or on our slideshow at the side of this page.

American football star Dhani Jones becomes Sport and Fitness 'Quantum Advisor' - 7th October 2013

Former NFL lineback, Dhani Jones is set to tackle his biggest challenge to date, a 'Quantum Experience Advisor' for Sports and Fitness.

Dhani will create a game plan for active cruising onboard Quantum of the Seas. Dhani Jones, will join interior designer Geneviere Gorder and several other advisors to offer their expertise in the building of Quantum of the Seas.

Image: USAToday

“Mixing an active lifestyle with a zest for life comes naturally for Dhani Jones, whose passion for exploring the world has taken him from the sports field to countless countries around the globe,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, executive vice president, operations, Royal Caribbean International. “We’re thrilled to draft Dhani as our latest partner to help us take on all things sports and fitness onboard Quantum of the Seas.”

Secretly working undercover since June 2013, Jones has been lending his expertise on the latest active trends and providing fresh ideas for Quantum’s SeaPlex, the largest sports and entertainment complex at sea – which will feature first-at-sea innovations such as bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school, complete with a flying trapeze.

Dhani Jones, a former National Football League player for 11 seasons, is also known for his off-the-field adventures. Starring in his own Travel Channel show in the U.S., ‘Dhani Tackles the Globe,’ the self-proclaimed adventurer participated in many of the world’s games. From Rugby to Sambo, Jones immersed himself in each culture and learned how athletes around the world compete in their favourite sports.

“I’m having a phenomenal time working with Royal Caribbean International as a Quantum Experience Advisor,” said Jones. “It’s giving me the opportunity to demonstrate my passion for sports, travel, fitness and adventure, and draw on my own experiences travelling the globe to contribute ideas that will bring good fitness and good fun to Quantum of the Seas.”

BIG Quantum announcements to be made within next few months - 21st September 2013

Steve Williams, head of UK sales at Royal Caribbean International has hinted to us that big announcements, regarding the Quantum class ships will be made in the next couple of months.

Speaking at the CRUISE Show 2013 in Birmingham, Steve informed that we should expect some huge announcements to be made, in the next couple of months.

We continued to probe Steve, regarding the recent rumour about Anthem of the Seas coming to Southampton, however he cheekily smiled and said "I can't possibly say."

As to what these announcements may be, we simply do not know. However, with very little known about the dining and entertainment onboard the Quantum class ships, Royal Caribbean will have to announce these details in the not so distant future.

Geneviere Gorder to help design Quantum staterooms - 9th September 2013

Royal Caribbean has announced that interior designer, Geneviere Gorder is the first advisor for the design of Quantum of the Seas.

Gorder, one of America's favourite interior designers and television personality on HGTV, will offer insights, opinions and influence on the decor and furnishings of the loft suite accomodations onboard Quantum of the Seas.

Working in secret since May 2013, Gorder has reviewed plans, fabrics, carpets and furnishings for the ships luxurious accommodations.

Royal Caribbean has announced the introduction of the Quantum Experience Advisors. The program will feature a group of celebrity experts in fields such as design, sports & fitness, entertainment and others who will work hand-in-hand with Royal

Caribbean’s internal teams to provide their expertise to help shape interior design, key amenities and activities on the Quantum class. 

Royal Caribbean Executive Vice President of Operations, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, commented on the announcement, "Our teams at Royal Caribbean are always leading the charge in terms of delivering innovative and industry-leading ships and programming and now, by teaming up with some of the brightest and most talented professionals in their respective fields, we are sure to make the Quantum-class some of the most amazing ships to ever set sail. Guest experience is our number one priority and our Quantum Experience Advisors are bringing fresh insights, opinions and perspectives to help us deliver the kinds of WOW moments that can only be found on Royal Caribbean."

"It’s exhilarating to work with Royal Caribbean, a brand known for pushing the envelope in ship design and innovation," said Gorder. "This has been an incredible process, learning what it takes to make everything come together from hardware to soft goods to to little design details. This project has been like nothing I have ever worked on before and is giving me the chance to collaborate with a team of ship building experts to come up with designs that will work onboard a ship as well as inspire every guest that stays onboard. This is their home away from home and it needs to feel amazing."

In addition to Genevieve Gorder, Royal Caribbean will be revealing several other Quantum Experience Advisors in the coming months. 

Guests can stay up-to-date on the program by visiting

Anthem mysteriously disappears from Le Harve cruise schedule - 9th September 2013

Last week we reported that Anthem of the Seas appeared on the Le Havre cruise schedule, leading us to believe she would be based in Southampton.

Before (Showing Anthem of the Seas)

After (Showing Independence of the Seas)

Anthem of the Seas has since been removed from the list and replaced back to Independence of the Seas.

It is unknown if the site was asked by Royal Caribbean to change the listing.

Anthem of the Seas to replace Independence in Southampton - 2nd September 2013

We first reported that Independence of the Seas may leave Southampton after 2014 back in September 2012, but more substancial evidence has been found.

The port of Le Havre cruise schedule, shows Anthem of the Seas as making 6 calls into the French port in 2015. 

These cruises all start and finish in Southampton, suggesting that she will be home ported there until November 2015, where she will make a transatlantic crossing to America for the winter season. 

It looks like Independence of the Seas will say goodbye to Southampton, where she has been home ported since her maiden voyage in 2008 after November 2014. She is not listed as making any calls into Le Havre after 2014.

Adventure of the Seas looks set to stay in Southampton for the first half of 2015 at least. 

It is still unknown where Independence of the Seas will be based.

The schedule also lists Serenade of the Seas as making a call into Le Havre from Zeebrugge destined for Southampton in May 2015.

Robots to entertain on Quantum of the Seas - 30th August 2013

Royal Caribbean International is once again pushing the boundaries of entertainment and technology. This time in the form of robots on board Quantum of the Seas.

Giant robotic arms with several 100-inch screens will move in time with music and choreography during shows in the diverse Two70 venue.

The robotic arms will be attached to a bridge that will be lowered from the ceiling to just above the stage.

It will also be possible to synchronise the several images on the screens as they move to provide an effect of one 

Quantum of the Seas Cruise Director announced - 28th August 2013

Popular cruise director, Richard Spacey has been named the take out cruise director of Quantum of the Seas when she launches in 2014.

After the inagural season for Quantum, cruise director, Jimmy Rhoades will take spotlight.

Although not officially named by Royal Caribbean, Jimmy 'leaked' the information on his Facebook account.

Jimmy commented, "I am humbled in the fact that they chose me. It will be a lot of hard work, but I can assure you all, that if you choose to sail with her out of Bayonne, NJ, you will have a cruise of a life time."

Anthem of the Seas steel cutting takes place - 2nd August 2013

Just before the keel-laying ceremony for Quantum of the Seas, sister ship Anthem of the Seas had her first steel-cutting at the Meyer Werft laser centre.

Adam Goldstein, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean commented "Today is a very special day in the development of our new Quantum class, as we are now two steps closer to delighting guests around the world with Quantum cruising. It's incredibly rewarding to see Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas coming together well, and today we not only honor those two very important milestones, but we also regonize the years of hard work and dedication from the team developing these ships."

Anthem of the Seas' delvery date is scheduled for spring 2015.

Royal Caribbean celebrate Quantum of the Seas keel-laying - 2nd August 2013

Royal Caribbean and Meyer Weft helped celebrate the keel-laying of their brand new 167,800GT vessel, Quantum of the Seas. 

Royal Caribbean's Executive Vice President Maritime, Harri Kulovaara, put down the lucky penny, a maritime tradition, before the block was lowered into place.

Quantum of the Seas will comprise of 74 giant blocks. The first block weighs in at 430 tons. 

The keel-laying ceremony marks the official start of construction for the Quantum of the Seas. She will be the biggest ship ever to be constructed at the yard.

Quantum of the Seas will launch in November 2014 accomodating 4,180 guests.

New Jersey cruise terminal gets green light - 29th July 2013

Royal Caribbean International has been given the green light to construct a brand new cruise terminal at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey. The terminal will handle the new Quantum class ship due to arrive in 2014.

The $70 million terminal will feature a 36,000 square foot check-in area, 60,00 square foot luggage area, a parking deck (as well as additional parking) and improvements to the berth.

The construction will begin in summer and will be paid for by Royal Caribbean. Work should be completed by October 2014 in time for Quantum of the Seas' first call into NJ in November 2014.

Crane specialist, MacGregor, to build North Star System - 7th July 2013

A firm specialising in truck-mounted cranes and cargo-handling machinerary for ships, has been given the task of buiding Quantum of the Seas' North Star. 

The Cargotec subsidiary MacGregor has won the contract to deliver the North Star.

North Star's 7.1 tonne viewing capsule will be lifted by an electro/hydraulically-driven MacGregor slewing crane with an outreach of 41 m. 

The pod will be able to accommodate 14 guests and one crew member and will be fitted with a stabilizing system that will ensure that it remains level with the vessel's deck and will also decrease the capsule movements, providing a comfortable ride for the guests.

"We are the first crane supplier involved in anything like this type for a cruise ship," says Jonas Hägglund, MacGregor Sales Manager. "Safety is paramount, and the operator needed a crane supplier that would not only deliver the highest safety standards, but also proven, reliable technology for the North Star guest experience."

The system is designed for 100 percent redundancy with two separate power units, each large enough to drive the crane in reduced speed mode; it will also be provided with a diesel-driven emergency power pack. Additional safety features include automatic cut outs and safety valve overload protection on all crane motions. 

Mr. Hägglund also added, "All crane movements will be smooth and immediate, with stepless speed control, essential for this type of guest experience. It is also important that the experience is as quiet as possible, so the main power pack will be rubber-suspended to minimize vibrations and noise transmission; the crane housing will also be isolated to minimize noise."

Quantum of the Seas will set sail in November 2014 and cruise out of New Jersey. MacGregor will also provide the crane for Anthem of the Seas, which will debut in 2015.

Royal Caribbean signs contract to build 3rd Quantum class vessel - 30th May 2013

Royal Caribbean announced today that it has signed a contract with the Meyer Weft shipyard to construct a third Quantum class vessel. 

The third ship is due for delivery in mid-2016 and subject to financing conditions.

Quantum of the Seas to visit Southampton? - 10th May 2013

A Ship Schedule site has listed that Quantum of the Seas will make a transatlantic crossing on the 2nd November 2014, before arriving at her home port of Bayonne. 

The site listing, spotted by Stacey Katz better known as CruiseDivaNJ on social media and forums, shows Quantum of the Seas as cruising from Southampton.

The transatlantic will consist of 8-nights arriving in Bayonne on 10th November. However, her first cruise from Bayonne is scheduled for 18th November, a 3-night cruise listed as sailing to the Bahamas. However, the Bahamas is not accessible from Port Liberty in 3 days. Perhaps it is a cruise to nowhere?

The 8 days between the next sailing raises many questions. These dates are likely to change, or is Royal Caribbean planning something special for these 8 days?

First Steel Block of Qunatum of the Seas arrives in Germany - 9th May 2013

The first steel block, which will be used to construct Quantum of the Seas has arrived at the shipyard in Germany.

The first steel block, which will be used to construct Quantum of the Seas has arrived at the shipyard in Germany.

The event marks another major milestone in the construction process of Royal Caribbean's latest vessel.

The ship will enter service in November 2014.

More news to follow...

Quantum of the Seas will visit Portland in 2015 - 7th May 2013

Portland, Maine officials have announced that the city will welcome Quantum of the Seas, in 2015.

Quantum of the Seas will visit Portland four times during 2015.

Quantum will be the largest cruise ship to ever dock in Portland.

Quantum of the Seas itineraries announced - 16th April 2013

Royal Caribbean has announced the itineraries of their new ship, Quantum of the Seas.

Quantum will sail from Cape Liberty, NJ and operate 7-12 night cruises sailing to the Caribbean and Bahamas.

7 and 8-night Bahamas cruises will depart Cape Liberty and set sail to Port Canaveral, Nassau and Coco Cay before heading back to New Jersey.

The 8-night Caribbean cruises will call at Labadee, Samana and San Juan.

The 11-night Caribbean cruises will cruise to Royal Caribbean's private resort, Labadee, before sailing to San Juan, St Thomas, St Kitts and St Maarten.

The ultimate voyage will be the 12-nght complete Caribbean voyages which sail to Labadee, San Juan, St Maarten, Martinique, Bridgetown in Barbados, St Kitts and then back to Cape Liberty.

Dates and prices are still unkown.

Quantum of the Seas Officially Unveiled - 16th April 2013

Royal Caribbean has officially unveiled their anticipated Quantum of the Seas.

At the news conference in New York City, Adam Goldstein, Richard Fain and godmother Kristin Chenoweth revealed their new ship in style!

Some of the details they revealed were;

  • North Star - An observation pod inspired by the London Eye that gives views 300 feet above the sea.
  • RipCord by iFly - A sky diving experience located at the aft of the ship.
  • SeaPlex - a multi-purpose complex featuring bumber cars, roller skating, a Circus school with flying trapeze and basketball courts.
  • Two70° -  An entertainment venue which has 3-storey windows which turn into a giant video wall.
  • Virtual Balconies - A new era of Inside Cabins that display live views of outside on an 80" screen.
  • Music Hall - A venue for dancing and live acts and musicians.
  • 9% larger cabins than the Oasis class
  • Loft Suites
  • Studio Cabins - Staterooms for single travelers, some with balconies.

Quantum of the Seas will be departing out of New York City for the first time in November 2014 and will cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Booking opens on May 24th for Crown and Anchor members and June 6th for general public.

Richard Fain answered the question we asked; What is your favorite feature on board Quantum? He answered; "The RipCord by iFly"

Quantum of the Seas Revealed! - 16th April 2013

Royal Caribbean has unveiled Quantum of the Seas. 

She will be sailing out of the New York area and will feature sky diving and Bumper Cars!

She will be setting sail in the fall of 2014.

More news to follow....

Kristen Chenoweth named Godmother of Quantum of the Seas - 25th Feruary 2013

Royal Caribbean announced Quantum of the Seas' godmother during the Academy Awards. Kristen Chenoweth will be the godmother for the Royal Caribbean's brand new cruise ship that will debut in late 2014.

Kristen Chenoweth is a Tony and Emmy award winning actress, she has been in many theater shows and made many television and film appearances including, Glee, Ugly Betty and The Pink Panther. Chenoweth was chosen for her personality and ability to wow audiences similar to how Royal Caribbean inspire to wow their guests. Her versatile range of roles made her a natural fit, given that Quantum of the Seas, set to debut in fall 2014, is set to introduce unprecedented experiences and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean.

Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean, explained “Kristin’s effortless grace and dynamic performances align perfectly with our newest class of ships and we could not be more honored to have her represent Quantum of the Seas,”

“Working with such a remarkable and versatile woman for one of maritime’s longest standing traditions is an exciting experience.”

Kristen Chenoweth stated “I am so excited to be named godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas. I have been lucky to play many roles and I am looking forward to this one,”

“I think the Royal Caribbean brand is the perfect match for me, especially with their history of providing exceptional entertainment experiences to their guests.”

“Our ships have always been designed for WOW and with Quantum of Seas, we are excited to introduce Quantum cruising and the ‘at sea’ firsts that our guests have come to expect from Royal Caribbean,” said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “We look forward to working with Kristen and having her officially name our ship when she is delivered in the fall of 2014.”

Royal Caribbean reveals 'Quantum class' - 5th February 2013

Royal Caribbean has announced the names of its new class of ships that will now officially be called Quantum Class. The first two ships will be named Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas.

Quantum of the Seas will be complete in 2014 and Anthem of the Seas will follow in 2015.

According to Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, the new ship will be a breakthrough in design and guest experience onboard.

"We are very excited about this important milestone of the official launch of Project Sunshine. After three years of advanced planning this is the first step in the construction of the Quantum of the Seas and I am anxious to see its emergence in the coming months," he said.

The first piece of steel was cut on 31st January, marking a spectacular milestone in the buiding of the Quantum class. 

Royal Caribbean will be revealing lots more information over the coming months about the two new ships, including features and renderings.

(Photo credits: Royal Caribbean International)

More Project Sunshine details to be announced TOMORROW! - 4th February 2013

Royal Caribbean is to make a special announcement regarding the Project Sunshine project tomorrow.

Royal Caribbean indicated the announcement in a very short email to members of the media saying, "Stay tuned tomorrow for an exciting reveal regarding this next class of ships."

There is no word what will be announced tomorrow, but we will post all information here as soon as we receive it.

More details of Project Sunshine should be emerging shortly - 2nd January 2013

It has been over a year since Adam Goldstein wrote on his blog that more details on the secretive 'Project Sunshine' should emerge. 

In his post on 27th December 2011, he said "we simply cannot begin to divulge ship features until we begin the marketing cycle for Sunshine which is still more than a year from now."

We predict that more information regarding features and the actual ship name should start being annouced between March and May. 

Royal Caribbean recently applied for 6 new trademarks which look set to be choices for the ship names. The names were; 

  • Anthem of the Seas
  • Ovation of the Seas
  • Passion of the Seas
  • Pulse of the Seas
  • Quantum of the Seas
  • Vantage of the Seas

There is still no recent word from Royal Caribbean about when they expect to release more information, but from what we can already work out, it won't be all that long until that exciting information is released.

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Possible models of Project Sunshine facilities emerge - 14th October 2012

Images have emerged of what is likely to be construction models of the facilities being planned for Royal Caribbean's Project Sunshine. 

We've already seen a possible leaked photo of the new Sunshine Class ship and now we have these models, which clearly mark that they may be designs for the Project Sunshine ship. 

The photos were found on Coroflot, which is a site designed for 3D modeling and rendering specialists to share photos. The user, who first published these models, has since removed them from the site. 

  • Ship Exterior
    Ship Exterior
  • Theater
  • Theater
  • Theater
  • Enclosed Pool
    Enclosed Pool
  • Samba Grill
    Samba Grill
  • Solarium
  • Solarium
  • Pool Deck
    Pool Deck
  • Children's Pool
    Children's Pool
Ship Exterior
Ship Exterior

Leaked photo of Project Sunshine ship? - 7th August 2012

An Italian blog has posted a rendering of what could very well be the design of the close guarded 'Project Sunshine' class ship. 

Although the rendering is surrounded by information hinting at its legitimacy, there is no solid proof that this is the actual design of Royal Caribbean's new class of ship. 

Wartsila Hamworthy Signs Deal To Build Scrubbers For Sunshine Class Ships - 18th July 2012

Wärtsilä Hamworthy has signed a deal with the Meyer Werft to build hybrid scrubbers for Royal Caribbean's new Sunshine Class ships.

Wärtsilä Hamworthy is a leading marine scrubbing technology company and will provide a total of four hybrid scrubber systems for the two ships that are under construction in Germany.

The choice of scrubbers for Royal Caribbean's new Sunshine class vessels will enable the new ships to travel anywhere in the world, because the scrubbers will be compliant with the 2015 Emission Control Area (ECA) 0.1% sulfur limit, as well as the worldwide 0.5% limit from 2020 and the impending North American ECA, by removing sulfur emissions and harmful particulates from the vessel's exhaust.

Royal Caribbean and Meyer Werft chose this solution not just because it ensures universal compliance with sulfur limits, allowing maximum choice over voyage routes and destinations; it also allows significant flexibility in the operation of the scrubber itself. The hybrid approach allows switching between open-loop and closed-loop scrubbing. This means that at sea, scrubbing using only sea water can be enabled but while maneuvering or in port the system can be closed, re-circulating the water already within the scrubber.

Royal Caribbean Orders Azipod Propulsions For Project Sunshine Ships - 17th April 2012

Royal Caribbean has announced that it has ordered azipods from ABB to provide the propulsion to its new class of cruise ships known as Project Sunshine. The $60 million deal will provide propulsion to the two new cruise ships that are being built by Meyer Werft for Royal Caribbean due for completion in 2014 and 2015.

ABB will supply a complete electrical systems for the new ships, the delivery for each ship includes power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, and two 20.5MW propulsion systems including transformers, drives and two Azipod XO propulsion units. The Azipod propulsion is claimed to use less fuel than traditional systems, and to provide greater maneuverability in all operating conditions.

ABB says that its deliverables will maximize the ships fuel efficiency, speed and maneuverability while reducing emissions and providing reliable power to the ships. All of this will help Royal Caribbean meet its energy efficiency and environmental impact targets.

Royal Caribbean Orders 2nd Project Sunshine Ship - 29th February 2012

Royal Caribbean International has announced the order of a second cruise ship for their new Project Sunshine class. The first of the ships for Project Sunshine will be delivered in the fall of 2014, while the second will be delivered in spring of 2015. Both ships will be built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft.

Royal Caribbean has been very quiet about the details of Project Sunshine so far, and even their president and CEO, Adam Goldstein said that details of the 'Sunshine' might not emerge for maybe another year. Although, Royal Caribbean did release a rendering of their new Falmouth port complex (below) and it seems to include a ship that is larger than the Freedom Class, but smaller than the Oasis class. Could this possibly be the new Project Sunshine design.

Chairman of Royal Caribbean International, Richard Fain, commented that, “This confirms our continued confidence in the success of this new generation of ships and our strong conviction about the Royal Caribbean International brand.”

We're Still A Year Away From Details On Their New Class Of Ship - December 27th 2011

On 27th December, Royal Caribbean President, Adam Goldstein wrote 'Our behind the scenes work on our Project Sunshine ship will continue. We will continue to be excited about the project. Interested people will continue to be frustrated at the lack of details we provide about the project as we simply cannot begin to divulge ship features until we begin the marketing cycle for Sunshine which is still more than a year from now. With the ship still three years away from service, our competitors would have time to preempt our advances if they knew what we were going to do.'

This blog post reveals that it is likely to be over a year before we know exactly what the Project Sunshine class will look like and have onboard. You can read the full article here.

4 Project Sunshine Ships Coming? - November 30th 2011

The cruise community has been speculating about how many ships Royal Caribbean will order. This is due to a Finnish air conditioning contractor, Koja Oy, who have been contracted by Royal Caribbean to install the air conditioning systems onboard the Project Sunshine Ship(s).

According to Seatrade Insider, the contactor said that it had signed a contract with Meyer Werft " for the delivery of air conditioning systems for the first two Sunshine-project ships". Included in that contract is an option for delivering air conditioner systems for third and fourth ships, if Royal Caribbean orders them.

Currently, there is just one 4,200 passenger ship on order (which is due to be completed by the fall of 2014) but there's room in the contract for up to 4 ships. Among the many questions out there, many fans are wondering if more than one Project Sunshine class ship is on the way. We will have to find out when Royal Caribbean reveal their plans!

Royal Caribbean's Project Sunshine - July 13th 2011

Ever since Royal Caribbean announced the proposals for the next class of cruise ships that are on order, Royal Caribbean fans everywhere around the globe have been guessing at the possibilities. posted some sensible guesses as to what the next ship class of Royal Caribbean ships, named 'Project Sunshine', could look like and what features might be onboard.

Some of the things they thought of were...

•A split superstructure with neighborhoods that were big hits on Oasis and Allure of the Seas

•Different cabin layout

•Ship capable of being used worldwide.

•Central Park area with retractable glass roof

•Use of energy saving technologies onboard, such as solar panels

•Perhaps similar to Celebrity Solstice class of ships in design?

Of course, we won't know the true features until Royal Caribbean release them. For the whole article, we extremly reccomend you check it out at

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Royal Caribbean CEO Gives More Details About Project Sunshine - 2nd June 2011

Royal Caribbean's Adam Goldstein outlined some new details about the new class of Royal Caribbean ships that is on order in a recent blog entry. While Goldstein can't divulge details about the ship quite yet, he did clue us into the process they are engaged in that will bring Royal Caribbean its next new ships in about 3 years.

Royal Caribbean has a department that specializes in these new ship designs called "Fleet Design & Newbuild", although Goldstein notes that is more commonly referred to as simply "Newbuild". Newbuild is also involved in ship upgrades, such as the one that is going on right now for Radiance of the Seas.

The new Project Sunshine class ship design is being headed up by Executive VP Harri Kulovaara and chief designer Kelly Gonzalez.

The design process involves the Operations, Marketing and Executive Steering committee divisions of Royal Caribbean. The Executive Steering committee is made up of Adam Goldstein, Royal Caribbean Chairman Richard Fain and Harri Kulovaara. They meet once a month for a day to go over "critical aspects of the project". The executive steering committee normally meet in Miami, but for the May meeting, they flew out to Germany to the Meyerwerft shipyard for a meeting there.

Goldstein reiterated that Project Sunshine should be ready sometime in 2014.


Royal Caribbean Makes New Ship Official - 12th February 2011

Royal Caribbean has signed a letter of intent with German shipyard Meyer Werft to build the cruise line its newest ship, a 4,100-passenger, 158,000-ton ship with an expected delivery of fall 2014.

The order is for one ship with the option of a second ship that would be delivered for Spring 2015.

"This next generation will not disappoint," said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean's parent company Royal Caribbean' Cruises, Ltd., in a statement. 

"It will offer features for everyone," Fain said. "From grand, spectacular spaces to small intimate settings; from active, invigorating activities to the serenity of more personal space; and from a plethora of dining alternatives to a cornucopia of opportunities for families."

The new ship class is being called "Project Sunshine" until a formal name for the new class is decided upon.

This new ship will be the first of a new class, although its size is very similar to the Freedom Class ships, which are slightly larger (158,000 tons for Project Sunshine vs 160,000 tons for Freedom).


Quantum Facts

Builders: Meyer Weft, Papenburg, Germany

Tonnage: 167,800 GT

Length: 348m (1,142ft)

Decks: 16 passenger

Speed: 22 knots

Capacity: 4,180 passengers (double occupancy)

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