Royal Caribbean International Plans Bold Move With Asian Deployment Of Quantum Of The Seas

Royal Caribbean International has unveiled plans for its boldest move yet for the Asian market. In a bid to bolster its position, the Miami-based line has announced the deployment of its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, to China in May 2015. The announcement marks the first time an international cruise line has dedicated a newbuild to Asia and undoubtedly raises the stakes for operators.


Currently under construction in Germany and due to enter service later this year, Quantum of the Seas will reposition to homeport in Shanghai, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of Bayonne in New Jersey to the Caribbean. From the eastern Chinese city, the revolutionary ship will sail itineraries ranging from 3- to 8-nights to Japan and South Korea, offering cruisers its cutting-edge onboard facilities with minor modifications to cater for a primarily Chinese clientele.


One of the most anticipated new ships in 2014, the 4,180-passenger vessel brings to sea innovations such as the Ripcord by iFly skydiving simulator, observation pod North Star extending 30 meters above the water, bumper cars and the Dynamic Dining concept that abandons the traditional main dining room in favour of multiple, flexible options. Her accommodations will also be state-of-the-art, with the industry’s first virtual balcony staterooms, featuring real-time ocean views projected on 80-inch floor-to-ceiling LED screens.


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. The trio will offer the largest tonnage in Asia (matched only by Star Cruises’ upcoming newbuilds) and provide Royal Caribbean International with an annual passenger capacity of 480,000 combined.


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