Royal Caribbean reveals new voyages for Quantum ship
Cruisers will have the opportunity to sail on Royal Caribbean’s massive new ship come November next year.
The 4,180-passenger Quantum of the Seas will sail its inaugural voyage on Nov. 23, 2014, company officials said in a news release Thursday.
Bookings for the first trip will be available for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members beginning May 28 before opening to the general public on June 4.
The Quantum of the Seas will sail from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J., and offer seven- and eight-night Bahama, eight- to 11-night Eastern Carribean and 11- and 12-night Southern Caribbean itineraries. The new ship will sail roundtrip from the port to the Caribbean destinations through April 2015.
The Bahama cruises will include guest calls at Port Canaveral, Nassau and CocoCay – Royal Caribbean’s private tropical island.
The Eastern Caribbean cruises will include ports of call among San Juan, Puerto Rico; Samana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Kitts; and St. Maarten. The Southern Caribbean cruises will involve calls to San Juan, St. Maarten, Martinique, Barbados and St. Kitts.
Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum-class ship raises the bar on activities available during the voyage. Last month the company revealed two new features including a skydiving simulator called RipCord by iFly and the North Star, a jewel-shaped glass capsule that gently rises over the side of the ship at 300 feet.
Along with the new rides, bumper cars, circus school and skating rinks, the Quantum-class ship will have new venues for guests including a new music hall for live performances and a multi-level great room with a 270-degree panoramic sea view through glass walls spanning almost three decks.
The cruise line is set to deliver a second Quantum-class ship in spring 2015 called the Anthem of the Seas.
Shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.(NYSE: RCL) were down 21 cents, or 0.58 percent, to $35.97 in Thursday afternoon trading. The stock was trading at a volume of 730,848 shares, down from its three-month average volume of 2.4 million shares. RCL reached its 52-week high of $38.62 on May 16 and its 52-week low of $22.12 on June 4.
Royal Caribbean is the second-largest cruise line operator in the world and is based in Miami. The company follows the No. 1 contender, Miami-based Carnival Corp.
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