quantum_640.jpgIt looks like the first paying passengers to board Quantum of the Seas will walk up the gangway from British soil, embarking for a Transatlantic crossing,
The official announcement from Royal Caribbean giving details of the innovative ship’s inaugural season itineraries referred only to voyages from home base in Bayonne, New Jersey to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
But the ship, to be built in Germany, will call into Southampton in November 2014 according to a sales brochure found elsewhere on a Royal Caribbean website by cruise enthusiast Patricia Dempsey (@linerlovers).
The seven-night Transatlantic is scheduled to depart on November 2, 2014. Following a series of welcome events in the US, the 4,180-passenger ship will undertake two three-night cruises into the nrth Atlantic.
The official maiden voyage, on November 23, 2014, will be an eight-night cruise to the Bahamas, visiting Port Canaveral in Florida, Nassau, and Coco Cay.
Ports of call on subsequent voyages to the Caribbean include Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Martinique, Barbados, St Kitts, and Royal Caribbean’s private resort at Labadee, Haiti.
Destinations may be of little concern to passengers travelling on the ship in order to take advantage of its first-time-at-sea features such as sky-diving, dodgem cars and the North Star observation platform – looking like a London Eye capsule on the end of a cherry-picker.
Bookings open to members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor loyalty programme from Tuesday, May 28, and to the general public from June 4. No word from CEO and president Adam Goldstein about the visit to Southampton, but he did say: “We are proud to partner with some of the Caribbean’s top destinations for the inaugural season of Quantum of the Seas.
“The Quantum class of ships will combine a new set of truly exciting and first-at-sea innovations that can only be found on Royal Caribbean International, with some of the most incredible destinations in the region. We can’t wait to WOW holidaymakers with the new Quantum class.”