Quantum of the Seas

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Quantum of the Seas on the Elbe River near Wedel in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
History
Bahamas
Name: Quantum of the Seas
Owner: Royal Caribbean International
Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Ordered: 11 February 2011[1]
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany[1]
Cost: US$935 million[2]
Yard number: S. 697[3]
Laid down: 2 August 2013[3]
Launched: 9 August 2014 (float-out)[4]
Christened: 30 October 2014
Completed: 28 October 2014
Maiden voyage: 2 November 2014
In service: 31 October 2014
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Quantum-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 168,666 GT[5]
Length: 347.08 m (1,139 ft)[5]
Beam:
  • 49.47 m (162 ft) (max)[5]
  • 41.4 m (136 ft) (waterline)[5]
Draught: 8.8 m (29 ft)[5]
Decks: 18 (16 passenger-accessible)[6]
Installed power:
  • 2 ×  Wärtsilä 12V46F (2 × 14,400 kW)[5]
  • 2 ×  Wärtsilä 16V46F (2 × 19,200 kW)[5]
  • 2 ×  Cat 3516C HD (2 × 2,500 kW)[5]
Propulsion:
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)[8]
Capacity:
  • 4,180 passengers (double occupancy)[6]
  • 4,905 passengers (maximum occupancy)[6]
  • 1,500 Crew[6]

Quantum of the Seas is a Quantum-class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and the lead ship of her class. The Quantum class is the third largest class of cruise ships behind MSC Cruises's Meraviglia class and Royal Caribbean International's Oasis class by gross tonnage.[1] Quantum of the Seas was delivered to RCI on 28 October 2014[9] and is sailing from Shanghai, China.[10]

Concept and construction[edit]

13 August 2014 - Launch of Quantum of the Seas at Meyer Werft, Papenburg

On 11 February 2011, RCI announced that it had ordered the first of a new class of ships from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, scheduled to be delivered by Fall 2014. At the time, the project was code-named "Project Sunshine".[11] Later that year, two 20.5-megawatt ABB Azipod XO propulsion units were ordered for that ship.[7] On 29 February 2012 the company announced that a second "Project Sunshine" ship had been ordered and would be delivered by Spring 2015,[12] and ordered identical Azipod propulsion units shortly thereafter.[7] Just under a year later, on 31 January 2013, steel cutting for the first ship began with a silhouette of the ship being cut by lasers. The same day, RCI announced the official name of the new class of ships, Quantum Class, as well as the names of the first two ships in the class, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas.[1][13] Details on the major features of Quantum of the Seas were announced on 16 April 2013.[14]

Service history[edit]

Quantum of the Seas spent its inaugural 2014–2015 season sailing from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, United States, before repositioning to China in May 2015. In June 2015, the ship commenced to operate cruises from Shanghai to Japan and Korea.[15] On 20 June 2015, the ship visited Hong Kong.

Its christening ceremony occurred on 14 November 2014; the ship's godmother is American actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Start of Steel-Cutting for First Project Sunshine Ship". Meyer Wert. February 5, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  2. ^ Chan, Kelvin (September 11, 2014). "Global cruise lines set sail on high seas for China". The Washington Times. Associated Press. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Keel-laying of Quantum of the Seas". Meyer Werft. August 2, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Quantum of the Seas to leave building dock II". Meyer Werft. August 1, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Quantum of the Seas (32027)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Quantum of the Seas Fact Sheet". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Azipods ordered for two RCL cruise ships". The Motorship. April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  8. ^ Innovation & Technology: Shipbuilding in Papenburg (PDF). Papenburg, Germany: Meyer Werft. 2013. p. 26. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "Quantum Delivered to Royal Caribbean". Cruise Industry News. October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  10. ^ Monk, Dave (August 28, 2014). "A guided tour of Quantum of the Seas by Royal Caribbean boss Richard Fain". ShipMonk. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "Royal Caribbean Signs Letter of Intent to Build New Generation of Ships". Investor Relations. February 11, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  12. ^ "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Exercises Option to Build Second "Project Sunshine" Ship". Investor Relations. February 29, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  13. ^ Tribou, Richard (February 5, 2013). "Royal Caribbean announces names for new cruise ships". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  14. ^ "Prepare to be WOWED". Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  15. ^ Miss, Cruise. "Quantum of the Seas to Homeport in China".
  16. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2014/11/14/quantum-cruise-ship-christening/19026629/ Chenoweth

External links[edit]

Media related to Quantum of the Seas at Wikimedia Commons