Royal Caribbean just came forth with the new names for the next generation of Royal Caribbean ships; up to now code-named "Project Sunshine." But as of today the line has chosen names for these new ships and here they are:
- Quantum of the Seas
- Anthem of the Seas
In addition to naming the ships, Royal Caribbean also took a major step in beginning the construction of this next generation of ships for the cruise line; the first piece of steel was cut for the ship number one; Quantum of the Seas. This occurred in the shipyard where the ships will be built, the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
It is only fitting that Royal Caribbean would name the ships before the steel was cut, although this has not always been the case. Sometimes ships are named long after construction begins. However, it appears the project title for both ships, "Project Sunshine," will continue for awhile.
Regarding the naming of the ship - here is a video that expresses the enthusiasm of Royal Caribbean over this project:
"We are extremely excited to celebrate this important milestone for our first Project Sunshine ship. After three years of design and advance planning this is the first step of the construction of the ship and I look forward to seeing it all come together in the coming months," said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "The new ship will be such a leap forward in terms of vessel design and guest experiences that we thought the name Quantum of the Seas was perfectly appropriate."
A Look at Project Sunshine
Both Sunshine-class ships will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany, the same shipyard that built all of the Celebrity Solstice class ships. These will be the first Royal Caribbean ships built in Germany for quite awhile -- the previous Royal Caribbean ships, the iconic "biggest ships in the world" Oasis and Allure of the Seas, were built in Turku, Finland.
The first Project Sunshine ship, Quantum of the Seas, will be delivered in fall 2014. The second ship of Project Sunshine, Anthem of the Seas, is scheduled for delivery to Royal Caribbean in the Spring of 2015. Both Project Sunshine ships will be 158,000 gross registered tons and accommodate 4,200 guests. All together, there may be as many as four Project Sunshine ships built, if the options for a third and fourth are picked up by Royal Caribbean.
The new Project Sunshine class ship design is being headed up by Executive VP Harri Kulovaara and chief designer Kelly Gonzalez.
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