Royal Caribbean’s newest ship will go to Shanghai after just four months U.S. service
The brand new Quantum of the Seas, not even in service yet and scheduled to debut in November 2014 will be going to a home port in Shanghai in May 2015. Needless to say, this is a staggering announcement for the U.S. cruise industry which has always traditionally brought its newest ships to America for several years before they were moved out of the U.S. region.
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Now, by the time Quantum moves to China its newest sister ship to Shanghai her also brand new sister ship, Anthem of the Seas while be just newly released, but she will be scheduled to remain in service in Europe (where she is currently under construction in Germany) until November of 2015.
And so, Once Quantum arrives in America (she is coming directly over to New York where she will homeport, sailing to the Caribbean) she will only have about four months of service before she leaves, and then it will be another six months before Anthem arrives in the U.S. where she will replace Quantum of the Seas by also sailing out of New York.
In China, Quantum of the Seas will join Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas in Asia, increasing the company’s capacity in the region by 66 percent.
Concerning the decision to send Quantum to Asia so soon after her entry into service Adam Goldstein, President and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, said “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. 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. 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.”
To recap: Quantum of the Seas will debut in November 2014, and will spend its inaugural season sailing from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J., before repositioning to China in May 2015. Beginning late June 2015, the ship will sail three- to eight-night itineraries year-round from Shanghai to Japan and Korea. Liberty of the Seas will then arrive to Cape Liberty to sail to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Canada and New England for the 2015 summer and autumn seasons. The Freedom-class ship will be the company’s newest and largest ship to offer cruises to Bermuda from the New York-metropolitan area. Finally, Quantum of the Seas’ sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, which launches in April 2015, will complete her inaugural Europe season from London (Southampton), U.K., before arriving to Cape Liberty in November 2015 to continue Quantum-class cruising to the Bahamas and Caribbean for the winter 2015-16 season.
“These incredible ships will meet the sophisticated expectations of consumers in Shanghai, New York and London. Our mantra for the new Quantum class of ships is ‘this changes everything’ – and upping our game in these key markets achieves just that,” said Dominic Paul, Vice President, International, Royal Caribbean International. “Our distinctive style of high quality innovative cruises has become known to travelers around the world and we will continue to deploy our most technologically advanced ships where the demand is, with the expectation of winning new converts to cruising.”
The Quantum-class ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, will be the only all-new design cruise ships to arrive in 2014 and 2015. They are identical in superstructure by share a new set of first-at-sea onboard experiences, such as Ripcord by iFLY, a skydiving re-creation experience; North Star, pod similar to the London EYE which by crane will transports guests more than 300 feet in the air; transformative venues such as SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever. Guests also will enjoy the new Quantum-class “Dynamic Dining,” a completely new culinary experience that offers a landscape of 18 restaurant concepts as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, including specialty restaurants created with partner-chefs Jamie Oliver, Devin Alexander and Michael Schwartz.
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The Quantum Class spans 18 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms. More information on Quantum class is available at http://www.RoyalCaribbean.com/QuantumoftheSeas. Media can find more details, images and videos at http://tinyurl.com/n6fmy5k.