Watch two giant halves of Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas come together

Orlando Sentinel

Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas finally looks like a cruise ship after reaching a construction milestone.

The fourth Quantum-class ship for the line under construction at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany has thus far been constructed in two halves.

Those two halves have now merged together so the 1,139-foot-long vessel is one piece.


The ship is yet another Quantum-class vessel that’s heading to China. So far, no Quantum-class ship has ever home ported in Florida, although the North American market can sail from New York on board Anthem of the Seas including stops at Port Canaveral. Both Ovation of the Seas and the original Quantum of the Seas serve the Asian and Australian markets.

Spectrum of the Seas will be what Royal Caribbean has dubbed the Quantum Ultra class, actually. It will feature the line’s first ship-within-a-ship concept, something cruise lines like MSC and Norwegian Cruise Line have championed on their latest builds.

The 168,666-gross-ton ship will hold 4,246 passengers at double capacity making it the largest to sail in the Asian market when it arrives in June 2019.

On board will be the line’s new Sky Pad virtual reality bungee trampoline attraction that recently debuted on Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas. Also on board will be a karakoe venue that’s new to the line called Star Moment.


Like all Quantum-class ships, Spectrum of the Seas will once again feature the North Star, the capsule that takes riders 300 feet above the ocean.

Other features on board will be RipCord by iFly skydive simulator, FlowRider surf simulator an SeaPlex, an indoor sports and entertainment complex that features bumper cars, roller skating and basketball.

The ship will debut in April 2019 and take a 51-night voyage from Barcelona to Shanghai with stops in 13 countries.

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