Great Ships of 2014: Quantum of the Seas

Posted by Irina Tabakina

First ship in new class for RCCL


Meyer Werft delivered the latest in a long line of cruise ships that grow ever larger and more spectacular in their outfit, final finish and performance. The 167,800-gt cruise ship Quantum of the Seas was built for and delivered to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Miami). This is the first ship of the Quantum class. It features highly energy-efficient systems, optimized hydrodynamics, heat recovery, an effective underwater paint coating, a state-of-the-art exhaust gas treatment plant (hybrid scrubber) as well as energy-saving LED lighting systems.

The real technical wonders onboard any modern cruise ship is the size and sophistication of the entertainment options onboard, and Quantum does not disappoint. The theater is equipped with stage technology which has yet to find its peer ashore. The North Star on deck 17 allows the guests to travel in a glass gondola at a height of 90 m above sea level where they can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view. On deck 17 aft the RipCord simulates parachuting at sea both for beginners or seasoned parachuters. Surf aficionados may want to look for the perfect wave high above water level on the FlowRider on deck 16. In total 4,180 guests can be accommodated in 2,090 cabins, and are taken care of by a crew of approximately 1,550. On board of the Quantum-class ships the traditional main restaurant has been replaced by dynamic dining, where the guests rotate in five different restaurants. “Seaplex” features the largest indoor activity area at sea that of-fers entertainment like bumper cars, roller skating, a competition-size basketball court as well as a circus school. The “Two70” (pictured left) stretches from deck 4 to 6, a spacious area offering a 270-degree panoramic view of the sea. 

Quantum of the Seas Main Particulars
Dimension    167,800 gt
Length overall    1141 ft. (347.75 m)
Molded breadth    135.8 ft. (41.4 m)
Number of decks    18
Draft    27.8 ft. (8.5 m)
Engine output     Wärtsilä 2x12V 2x 16V
Total    67,200 kW
Propulsion power    41,000kW
Speed    22 knots
Number of passengers    4,180
Number of passenger cabins    2,090
Number of outside cabins
(including suites)    1717


(As published in the December 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News -


Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 46,  Dec 2014

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