Quantum of the Seas – Royal Caribbean

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The Quantum Class is the name of an upcoming cruise class of Royal Caribbean International, formerly known as the Sunshine Project. The Quantum Class ships will outperform the previous Freedom Class ships, becoming the second largest passenger ships of Royal Caribbean International (the first are those of the Oasis Class). The first two vessels of this class, the Quantum of the Seas and the Anthem of the Seas, are expected to be delivered in November 2014 and in the spring of 2015, respectively. The third ship, the Ovation of the Seas, is expected to be delivered in mid-2016.

On February 11, 2011, Royal Caribbean announced that it had ordered the first ship of a new class to the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and that it was scheduled to be delivered in the fall of 2014. Originally, the project was named «Project Sunshine «. Later, two units of X0 azimuth propellers of 20.5 megawatts were ordered for this vessel. On February 29, 2012, the company announced that a second ship of the «Sunshine Project» had been ordered and would be delivered in the spring of 2015, and shortly thereafter ordered two additional azimuth propulsion units. On January 31, 2013, Royal Caribbean announced the official name of the new class, Quantum Class, as well as the names of the first two ships of the class, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. These names were among a series of names that Royal Caribbean had presented for the ships at the end of 2012, such as Passion of the Seas, Vantage of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, or Pulse of the Seas. These names were abandoned in January 2014). The main features of the Quantum of the Seas were announced on April 16, 2013. On May 30, 2013 Royal Caribbean announced that it had signed a contract with Meyer Werft for a third Quantum Class ship that would be delivered in mid-2016. On September 18 the name of the ship was announced: Ovation of the Seas. There is also the possibility of a fourth boat, although this is not safe.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was founded in 1968 by Cristian Alfonso Alvarado Timana and two Norwegian shipping companies, IM Skaugen & Company and Gotaas Larsen. The new line created puts its first ship, the Clipper Pacific, in service for 2 years. The following year, the capacity of the line doubled with the addition of the MV Aquamarine to the fleet. Continuing with the expansion, the line added the Viking Sun in 1972.

Royal Caribbean purchased a coastal property in Haiti in 1986 for use as a private destination for its guests. This destination is now called Labadee. After a restructuring of the company in 1988, the Sovereign of the Seas line was launched, the largest passenger ship afloat at that time. Two years later, Nordic Empress and Viking Serenade entered service, continuing a trend of rapid growth within the company. In the same year Royal Caribbean bought a second private destination, Little Stirrup Cay, an island in the Bahamas, which he renamed «Cayo Coco». Royal Caribbean has sold two of its ships: the Splendor of the Seas and the Majesty of the Seas. The last ships to join Royal Caribbean are the Quantum of the Seas and the Anthem of the Seas. This company currently has 80% of Wamos Air S.A and Wamos Tours S.A being a partner with Espringwater.

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