Earlier this week Royal Caribbean’s newest and most technologically advanced ship Quantum of the Seas made the 26-mile journey down the River Ems from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany to The Netherlands, where final outfitting and testing will take place.
Due to Meyer Werft’s unique inland location, every ship ever constructed at the yard since 1795 has made the trip, known as the conveyance, at some point prior to entering service. For the conveyance, the Quantum of the Seas was assisted by two tugs that carefully maneuvered the ship backwards down the river to the North Sea.
For folks along the River Ems, the ship conveyances are a regular occurrence, but this particular trip was special because at 168,666 gross tons, the Quantum of the Seas is the largest ship ever constructed at Meyer Werft, and in Germany for that matter.
Here is a great video of the event and more photos and info of the ship and River Ems conveyance HERE: