Steel cutting of the xxx. Image: Royal Caribbean International

Steel cutting of the Quantum of the Seas. Image: Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean on Tuesday said it has cut the first steel in the construction of two of its new “Project Sunshine” ships, marking a major step in the development of what the company says will be the cruise line’s “next generation of cruise ships.”

The steel cutting took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where the two ships will be built. During the ceremony, Royal Caribbean also announced the names of the newbuilds – Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas – as well as the name of the new class, called the Quantum-class. The ships are scheduled to be delivered in fall 2014 and spring 2015, respectively.

It took the plasma torch in the yard's state-of-the-art laser centre merely a couple of minutes to cut a silhouette of the new ship from the steel plate. Photo: Meyer Werft

A plasma torch in the yard’s state-of-the-art laser centre took a couple of minutes to cut a silhouette of the new ship from the steel plate. Photo: Meyer Werft

The  167,000 grt ships will carry just over 4,100 guests and, at an all-in cost per berth of about euro 170,000, will deliver the latest in passenger amenities and environmental performance.

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