Following the success of the first two Quantum Class ships and the huge anticipation surrounding the upcoming third vessel, Royal Caribbean has confirmed a fourth ship in the fleet is to be built. The as-yet-unnamed fourth ship in the class is slated for delivery in 2019, the year after the fourth Oasis Class vessel.
Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean described the order as a “reflection of the success of the success of the first two Quantum Class ships.”
“We have received a remarkable response from travel agent partners and travellers, and are thrilled that we’ll be able to deliver another revolutionary ship with our partners at Meyer Werft.”
The ship is to be built in the Meyer Werft shipyard, same as her three older sisters. Royal Caribbean has trademarked a few names for new ships – Spectrum of the Seas, Joy of the Seas, Emblem of the Seas, Apex of the Seas, Pulse of the Seas and Passion of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean has strategically scheduled the ships of the Quantum Class to serve many of the world’s most popular cruise markets. Quantum of the Seas is currently sailing out of the US and is due to relocate to China this month, whilst the Anthem is homeporting in the UK. The upcoming third ship in the fleet, Ovation of the Seas, is set to call Australia home upon her launch. No itineraries have been announced for the upcoming fourth ship in the Quantum Class.
Royal Caribbean reportedly turned down the option for this fourth Quantum Class ship back in January 2014, but bosses have done a dramatic U-turn following the huge success of the first two ships. The hotly-anticipated third ship in the class, Ovation of the Seas, is scheduled to enter service for Royal Caribbean in spring next year.
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