Royal Caribbean gets one newbuilding and orders another

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 12 April 2019


Yesterday (11 April) Cruise operator Royal Caribbean took delivery of Spectrum of the Seas from Meyer Werft and ordered a new Edge Class vessel from French yard Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

“Edge class made an immediate hit with Celebrity Cruises guests and is a state-of-the-art example of technical excellence and elegant design,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises. “We can’t wait to build the next one.”


The first vessel in the class, the 140,600gt Celebrity Edge was delivered in 2018. Three other Edge-class ships were ordered earlier and are scheduled for delivery in 2020, 2021 and 2022. This new order is contingent upon financing.

“Celebrity Edge has delighted our guests and affirmed Celebrity Cruises as the leading modern luxury brand. Chantiers de l’Atlantique has been a brilliant partner and we look forward to creating another amazing vessel with them,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.

“We are really proud and happy to have built such an outstanding relationship with our customer, based on mutual trust and driven by the spirit of innovation,” said Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “After the four Millenium-class ships at the beginning of 2000’s and the four Edge-class ships, this is the ninth ship ordered by Celebrity Cruises at our shipyard and it will be the 24th vessel built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique and operated by RCL. This is a real testimony of the exceptional level of cooperation we reached together.”

As well as announcing the newbuilding, the first ship in the Quantum-Ultra class was delivered by Meyer Werft on schedule to Royal Caribbean International in Bremerhaven. The 169,000gt Spectrum of the Seas is the first cruise ship of the Quantrum-Ultra class.

Like its early sister ships Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, Meyer Werft’s latest newbuilding has the glass capsule North Star, the Flow Rider surf simulator and the Rip Cord skydiving simulator. New features include the Sky Pad, a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience located on the aft of the ship.

As a further development of Quantum-Class, Spectrum of the Seas like its three sister ships is fitted with state-of-the-art emission control systems including a hybrid scrubber. Highly energy-efficient technical systems, optimised hydrodynamics, heat recovery and high specification anti-fouling together with an extremely energy-saving LED lighting system result in considerable energy savings. The Ultra suffix refletcs the interior redesign of the Quantum class and a slightly high gross tonnage.

After being handed over to the shipping company, Spectrum of the Seas will be leaving Bremerhaven. The maiden voyage to Asia will begin in Barcelona on 18 April.

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