While many have hoped for a Quantum Class ship to be based out of South Florida, this move demonstrates Royal Caribbean’s commitment to the Chinese cruise market. The ship will homeport in Tianjin, China after a 52 night cruise from Southampton to Tianjin.
The currently under construction Ovation of the Seas will join Quantum of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, and Legend of the Seas in China. The ship will sail three to 12 night cruises to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
With two of the three Quantum Class ships headed to China, Anthem of the Seas will remain in North America and sail year round out of Cape Liberty, New Jersey when the ship arrives in November 2015. The third Oasis Class ship, Harmony of the Seas, will also serve the North American market and sail out of Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean’s President and CEO, gave the following statement:
“Cruising has become very popular for Chinese consumers and Royal Caribbean is already capturing their imaginations with our industry-leading cruise ships.
We are furthering our commitment by bringing two of the world’s newest and most advanced Quantum-class cruise ships to the region. In addition, we are significantly expanding our investment in the training and employment of Chinese talent so they can join us in delivering our amazing and distinctive vacations to Chinese travelers.”
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