Royal Caribbean celebrates dual milestones
Quantum of the Seas, scheduled to be delivered in the autumn of 2014, received its first block as the keel was officially lowered and put into place.
In conjunction, Anthem of the Seas, Quantum’s sister-ship, had its first piece
of steel cut, signaling the first step in the ship’s construction.
Speaking on the occasion, Ratna Chadha, Chief Executive- TIRUN Travel Marketing, India Representative of Royal Caribbean International, said, “It is indeed a remarkable day for the brand, marking the development of the new Quantum class ships. We are extremely delighted, as with this milestone we are set to bring some exquisite cruising with all new first at-sea innovations to the palette of our Indian travelers onboard yet another advanced class of ships from Royal Caribbean International.”
The keel laying marks an important milestone in the development of Quantum of the Seas as it signifies the beginning of the ship’s physical construction.
During the ceremony, a 430-ton block measuring 59-ft by 75-ft (18 x 23 meters) was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel which then stays in place until the end of construction.
Once the ship is nearing completion the coins are retrieved and presented to the ship’s Captain and crew to be placed onboard the ship. According to maritime tradition, the coins are said to bring luck to the ship during its construction and then to its Captain and crew when she is out to sea.
The groundbreaking Quantum class ships will debut new unprecedented features, such as RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea; the North Star, an engineering marvel that transports guests more than 300 feet above the ocean; transformative venues, such as The Sea-Plex, 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, including the industry’s first-ever Virtual Balcony staterooms, which offers expansive, real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations for interior staterooms.
The Quantum class will debut in autumn 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015. Quantum ships span 16 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry
4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms
Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 40-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry firsts never-before-seen at sea.
The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programs that appeal to families and adventurous vacationers alike.
Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL), the cruise line sails 21 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, South America, Asia and Australia and New Zealand.
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