For lovers of Australian cruising, here’s some exciting news: a new ship is well on the way to the high seas.
Most people who keep up with the amazing world of cruising know all about Royal Caribbean, the award-winning and almost 50 year old cruise brand.
One of the things they’re best known for in the cruise industry is getting on the sea first with innovations like Broadway-quality entertainment and award-winning service and programming recognised by the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.
Now, Royal Caribbean is hard at work on its next ship, which is set to be the next evolution in the cruise line’s groundbreaking Quantum class. In fact, so good is the new ship that it requires its very own ship class – to be called Quantum Ultra. It will literally be a class apart.
The ship itself is called Spectrum of the Seas, and the really exciting news is that keel-laying took place earlier this week in Rostock, Germany.
Keel-laying – when a ship’s all-important keel is lowered into place in a shipyard – signifies the proper start of actual construction. For the Spectrum of the Seas, it took place on Thursday (9 November) at the Neptun Werft shipyard, where many German U-boats were constructed during World War II.
But now, Neptun Werft is a hive of activity in the exciting world of cruising – especially on Thursday when a 800-ton crane lifted the massive 18 x 37 metre block into the building dock.
The keel-laying follows the most recent construction milestone for the Spectrum of the Seas in August, when the first steel was cut.
With the keel now in place, construction will happen at an impressive pace, even if the revolutionary Spectrum of the Seas won’t be ready to set sail until 2019. It’s being put together especially for Chinese guests but also the entire Asia-Pacific region, including local cruise lovers right here in Australia.
Royal Caribbean will continue its reputation for ‘firsts’ with cutting-edge and unprecedented experiences set to take place aboard the Spectrum of the Seas. The ship will join 24 other ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet, including the newest additions Quantum of the Seas (2014), Anthem of the Seas (2015) and Ovation of the Seas (2016).
And in June, the next Royal Caribbean ship, Symphony of the Seas, was floated out of her dry dock for interior construction. When complete, it will claim the title of the world’s largest cruise ship from sister ship Harmony of the Seas.
And when the Spectrum of the Season is ready in 2019, she will carry over 4000 passengers at a time to popular destinations including Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, New Zealand and beyond.