On May 22, a ground-breaking new ship, Quantum of the Seas, was launched by Royal Caribbean International, and is set to feature a Caribbean itinerary when it makes its inaugural voyage next November 23, 2014.
Open for sale as of May 28, 2013 Royal Caribbean International’s new Quantum class of ships offer prospective cruisers 18 Caribbean sailings, ranging from seven to 12 nights. Bookings will be available to Crown & Anchor Society loyalty programme members beginning May 28, 2013 before opening to the general public on June 4.
Commenting on the latest addition to cruise business to the region, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, expressed satisfaction on realising another successful partnership with Royal Caribbean International.
“The decision of Royal Caribbean International to include Barbados on the itinerary for Quantum of the Seas is one that we have been working diligently to bring to a successful conclusion. It represents a clear statement of the strength of the relationship between Royal Caribbean and Barbados,” Sealy said.
“It should inspire confidence in the cruise industry specifically and tourism generally. It means that we will experience tremendous increases in our numbers and along with other initiatives produce expanded economic opportunities for Barbadians.”
Itineraries include the Bahamas cruises, where guests call at Port Canaveral, Fla., Nassau and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private tropical island paradise. The Eastern Caribbean cruises will include ports of call among San Juan, Puerto Rico; Semana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas; St. Kitts; and St. Maarten.
Moreover, cruisers on the Southern Caribbean cruises will call at San Juan, St. Maarten, Martinique, Barbados and St. Kitts. On most sailings, Quantum of the Seas also will visit Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s very own highly rated private beach paradise on the north coast of Haiti.
Building on a legacy of more than 40 years of innovation and creative design, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class of ships will take a dramatic leap forward, introducing more game-changing “firsts at sea,” such as RipCord by iFly, the first skydiving experience at sea, which allows everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers to enjoy the sheer thrill and exhilaration of skydiving in a safe, controlled and simulated environment.
Quantum class will debut in fall 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015. Quantum ships span 16 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms.