Tourism & Cruises

Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas
Quantum of the Seas © 2014 Michel Verdure

German shipyard Meyer Werft turned over the 4,180-passenger Quantum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International in a signing ceremony Tuesday.

The ship is now heading from Germany to Southampton in the U.K., where the first passengers will board on Sunday for the transatlantic sailing to Bayonne, N.J.

Quantum will sail to the Bahamas and Caribbean from the New York area until May, when it will set off for its new home in Shanghai. Miami-based Royal Caribbean surprised the industry earlier this year with the announcement that its newest ship would be based in China after a short season sailing from North America.