Royal Caribbean unveils art for Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas, the new Royal Caribbean International ship that starts sailing in November, will be home to an oversized permanent passenger.

A 30-foot magenta polar bear perched on an outside deck made its debut this week when the 4,180-passenger ship was floated out of the building area at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.

The eight-ton stainless steel sculpture from Denver artist Lawrence Argent is part of the 2,980-piece art collection aboard the ship, which will sail from Bayonne, N.J. for six months. The vessel will start sailing from its home port of Shanghai in June.