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Meyer Werft hands over Quantum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean

Meyer Werft
Bernard Meyer speaks at the handover ceremony. Behind is North Star, one of the ship's signature features
Meyer Werft delivered Quantum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International during a ceremony in Bremerhaven. Key figures gathered in front of one of the ship's signature features, the North Star viewing pod.

On hand were Meyer Werft managing partner Bernard Meyer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman and ceo Richard Fain and evp maritime Harri Kulovaara, Royal Caribbean International evp Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and svp William Baumgartner and Quantum Capt. Felix (Srecko) Ban, among others.

First in a new design, the 167,800gt vessel also offers a sky-diving simulator; the multifunctional SeaPlex with bumper cars and a circus school, among many other features, the cutting-edge Two70° lounge with its RoboScreens and the Bionic Bar, staffed by a pair of robot bartenders. There are 18 dining spots and a dozen bars.

Plus, Quantum of the Seas is expected to have huge energy efficiency gains through a multitude of advances including a micro-bubble air lubrication system developed by Royal Caribbean, Foreship, ProcessFlo and Meyer Werft.

The engines are Wärtsilä, two 12V and two 16V, for a total of 67,200 kW, while propulsion power is 41,000kW.

Quantum has 4,180 lower berths with capacity for 4,905 total passengers.

The ship's registry is the Bahamas and DNV GL is the classification society.

Quantum is due to leave Bremerhaven for inaugural festivities in Southampton. The ship is to begin its crossing to the US on Nov. 2, and arrival at New York Harbor is expected Nov. 10. A number of inaugural events are planned stateside, with the naming ceremony at Bayonne, N.J.'s Cape Liberty Cruise Port scheduled for Nov. 14.