Royal Caribbean's new ship will sail in Aisia-Pacific following her 2019 debut (Image: Royal Caribbean International)
Royal Caribbean International’s first Quantum Ultra-class ship is to be homeported in the Asia-Pacific region when she debuts in spring 2019.
The yet-to-be-named newbuild will be the next evolution of the Quantum class, which includes sister ships Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas. Her interiors and onboard amenities will be tailored towards Asian guests.
Royal Caribbean has also revealed its 2018-2019 deployment plans. Highlights include Mariner of the Seas’ ‘Global Odyssey’, which will see the ship reposition from Asia to PortMiami in Florida, US via three extended sailings. The first will be from Singapore to Dubai in United Arab Emirates, the second will be from Dubai to Barcelona in Spain, and the third from Barcelona to Miami.
Sailing from Shanghai, China for the fourth consecutive season, Quantum of the Seas will offer 78 sailings to and from Japan, beginning in January 2018.
Elsewhere in China, Ovation of the Seas will return to Tianjin to take guests to Japanese destinations, including new ports Sasaebo and Shimonoseki. The season begins April 2018.
From 30 April 2018, Voyager of the Seas sail her first full season in Singapore, offering three- to seven-night cruises throughout Southeast Asia with stops in Thailand, Malaysia and Vitenam. The ship will also sail voyages from Hong Kong and Shenzhen in China.
Meanwhile, Explorer of the Seas will sail her fourth season from Sydney, making 23 departures to islands in the South Pacific and Fiji from October 2018.
Joining Explorer of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas will reposition to Sydney in November for her third and longest season in Australia. The ship will be the largest to be based in the region and offer 13 sailings, including a 14-night open-jaw Singapore to Sydney itinerary and a 10-night New Zealand voyage.
Radiance of the Seas will also have an expanded open-jaw programme that includes three new itineraries from Australia in 2019.