Tourism & Cruises

Royal Caribbean announces order for fourth Quantum-class ship

With two Quantum-class vessels already delivered and a third under construction, Royal Caribbean Cruises on Thursday announced plans to order a fourth.

The Miami-based cruise ship company said it had entered into an agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to build the 4,180-passenger vessel. The sister ship to Quantum and Anthem of the Seas will be delivered in 2019, three years after Ovation of the Seas joins the fleet of Royal Caribbean International.

“Today’s announcement is a reflection of the success of the first two Quantum-class ships,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, said in a statement. “We have received a remarkable response from travel agent partners and travelers, and are thrilled that we’ll be able to deliver another revolutionary ship with our partners at Meyer Werft.”

The cruise operator did not say how much the new ship would cost, but Quantum was a $1 billion vessel. Based on current orders, the company expects capital expenditures between now and 2019 to total $8 billion.

The order is contingent on the completion of conditions including financing, Royal Caribbean said.

It is not clear yet where the new ship will be based; Royal Caribbean has announced that Quantum and Ovation will sail from China. Anthem of the Seas launched in the UK last month and will head to New Jersey in the fall.