Love the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas? Hold onto your suitcases because cruise giant Royal Caribbean has just ordered its fifth Quantum-class ship.
The ship will be built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany – the same company behind the lauded P&O Aurora, Norwegian Escape, SuperStar Virgo, as well as Royal Caribbean’s newest Quantum-class ships. But don’t start packing yet – the ship won’t be ready until mid-2020!
The first ship in the Quantum series, Quantum of the Seas, launched in November 2014, followed just five months later by its sister-ship Anthem of the Seas. Ovation of the Seas is currently under construction and due to debut in 2016, with an un-named fourth Quantum-class ship scheduled for 2019.
If the rest of the fleet is anything to go by, the newest ship has some big boots to fill. Weighing in at 168,666 tonnes apiece, Anthem and Quantum are currently tied as the third largest cruise vessels ever built. Only four-year-old Allure of the Seas and five-year-old Oasis of the Seas – two more Royal Caribbean masterpieces – are bigger.
The ship might not yet have a name but Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, hinted at the innovations in store with the fifth Quantum-class ship when he commented that the ship’s design will improve efficiency and sustainability.
“Of equal importance is our ability to consistently surpass guest expectations, and we are harnessing the power of the latest technology to do so on this ship,” Bayley said, in a statement accompanying the announcement.
So what can we expect from the fifth Quantum-class ship? Our guess is even more mind-boggling gravity-defying industry-first features, such as the North Star glass capsule, which lifts guests more than 91 metres over the ship for 360-degree views, bars with robot bartenders, the iFly skydiving simulator, bumper cars in the SeaPlex entertainment zone, and the much-loved FlowRider surfing simulator.
Other highlights on this technologically advanced cruise ship are sure to include a super-speedy internet connection, all-digital check-in process, virtual balconies within the inside cabins, and a “Jamie’s Italian” restaurant by world-famous chef Jamie Oliver.
The good news is Australian cruise holidaymakers don’t have to wait until 2020 to experience these incredible features: the incredible Ovation of the Seas arrives Down Under in December. Carrying almost 5000 guests and 1500 crew, it will take the title of the largest cruise ship ever to be based here. The ship, which stretches the length of more than three football fields, will be based in Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay for the 206/17 summer season. However, because Ovation of the Seas towers 50 metres in height, it won’t be able to fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
5 facts about Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class ships
- They are making waves as the most technologically advanced cruise ships in the world.
- The North Star observation capsule goes higher than the pylons on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
- Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class fleet will include five ships by 2020.
- Ovation of the Seas had a price tag of $1.3 billion.
- Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas weigh a staggering 168,666 tonnes apiece.