First steel was cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for Royal Caribbean International's new Quantum Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas, on Tuesday.
Set to debut in 2019, Spectrum of the Seas will be the next evolution of the cruise line’s Quantum class of ships, placing the ship in a new class of her own. The Quantum Ultra ship will specifically be designed for guests in China and the Asia-Pacific region.
Royal Caribbean took delivery of the sister ships Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas in autumn 2014, spring 2015 and spring 2016.
Spectrum of the Seas will have a capacity for about 4,200 passengers at a dimension of 168,800 GRT.
In June, the newest member of Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class of ships, Symphony of the Seas, was floated out of her dry dock to begin the next phase of interior construction. Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the world’s largest cruise ship, offering 28 more staterooms than her newest sister ship Harmony of the Seas and encompassing 230,000 gross registered tons.