Royal Caribbean has officially started work on their newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas! They recently held a keel-laying ceremony, with the event taking place at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany where the exciting addition to the fleet is being built.
A new generation of ships
Spectrum of the Seas is set to be so state-of-the-art that she’s been given her own new class of ships. The Quantum Ultra Class will be the next evolution of the ground-breaking Quantum ships, with even more cutting-edge features than any of their previous vessels. She’ll be slightly larger than her sister ship Quantum of the Seas, who weighs in at 168,666 gross tons, and will carry the same amount of passengers – 4,200.
When will she be ready?
Spectrum of the Seas is due to launch in 2019, and she’ll be specially designed for guests in China and the Asia-pacific region. More details about Spectrum of the Seas will be announced soon – we can’t wait to see what surprises will be onboard!
What else you can look forward to…
- Symphony of the Seas® is joining the Oasis class in 2018 and will become the biggest ship in the world! Check out some of the awesome features that’ll be onboard here.
- A fifth Quantum class ship in 2020.
- A fifth Oasis class ship in 2021.
- The first Icon class ship, a brand new class of ship arriving in 2022.
- A second Icon class ship arriving in 2024.
What is a keel-laying ceremony?
This tradition is the formal recognition of the beginning of the construction of the ship. In the past when ships were built from wood, this ceremony was the initial laying of the keel, the central piece of timber that acted as the backbone of the ship.
With modern ships, this is the first joining of the modular components or lowering of the first module into place on the building dock. This ceremony represents the beginning of the ship’s life and in this case was attended by representatives from the ship building company and many from Royal Caribbean.
Also in keeping with maritime tradition, a newly-minted coin was placed under the keel of Spectrum of the Seas until the end of her construction. This coin will then be presented to the captain and crew once the ship is near completion, where it will then be placed onboard. It’s thought to bring luck to the ship whilst she’s being built, and to the captain and crew once sailing begins!
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