After months of fans reading rumours about the elusive “Project Sunshine” on blogs and forums, Royal Caribbean finally go on record about their new class of ships!
That’s right! Project Sunshine has been unveiled and we now know that the company will be adding a new class of ships to their fleet. The new class will be officially known as … .drum roll please … “Quantum Class!” Further, we also know that the first two vessels in this class will be named “Quantum of the Seas” and “Anthem of the Seas” respectively.
The first ship in the new class, the 158,000 gross ton ship “Quantum of the Seas”, will launch next year. Work on the ship has already started in the Meyer Werft shipyard based in Germany, where the first piece of steel has already been cut. You can hear Adam Goldstein, the President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, talking about the significance of steal cutting in a video from the company, here. Sister ship Anthem of the Seas will be ready sometime in 2015.
Royal Caribbean have not released many details about the new ships, their features or the specs, but they have told us a little information. For example, we know that the new ships will not be bigger than the current largest passenger ships in the world, the 225,282 gross ton Oasis Class ships owned by the company. However, they will be larger than the Freedom Class trio of ships built in 2006. Ships Freedom, Liberty and Independence of the Seas each approximately weigh 154,407 tons with a length of 1,112 feet and a maximum breadth of 183 feet. They carry around 3,634 passengers double occupancy.
Adam Goldstein, the CEO of Royal Caribbean International, gave the following statement about the building of the two new Quantum Class ships:
“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.”
“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.”
In addition, Richard D. Fain, the Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises added:
“Throughout our history we have made huge strides in cruise ship design and innovation and the Quantum class will be no exception,” said . “We look forward to introducing consumers to Quantum cruising.”
Naming the new Quantum Class ships:
Goldstein discussed the naming process surrounding the new class and its ships in a video released earlier this month. He revealed that Royal Caribbean worked with a naming consultant who provided a list of options to consider. The company looked over a range of suggestions, varying from experimental names to cosmopolitan names to leading edge names and more.
Members of the naming panel voted for their favourites on paper and then a consensus was reached and the names were chosen: Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas.
Goldstein believe the two names are a fitting choice for the two new ships joining the Royal Caribbean fleet:
“The word anthem is defined as a song of praise and Anthem of the Seas is indicative of many of the best qualities and features of Royal Caribbean International. Quantum represents a step change in cruising and anthem is a song of praise for that step.”