PHOTOS: Quantum of the Seas Sails Into New York Harbor

Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International
Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship Quantum of the Seas arrived into her homeport of Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ this week, ushering in what Royal Caribbean describes as a the future of cruising in the 21st century.

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Quantum of the Seas isn’t just changing cruising, it’s changing how today’s traveler vacations,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “It’s not just how you travel, it’s the experience from start to finish. With Quantum we are empowering our guests to customize every aspect of their journey, providing them with an unprecedented level of freedom and flexibility.”

Full Coverage: Quantum of the Seas

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The arrival of the Quantum of the Seas follows its maiden transatlantic voyage from Southhampton following delivery from Meyer Werft Shipyard late last month.

Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International
Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International

Quantum-class ships span 16 guest decks; encompass 168,666 gross registered tons; carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy; and feature 2,090 staterooms.

Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International
Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International

The official naming ceremony for Quantum of the Seas will take place on Friday, November 14 during the pre-inaugural celebration hosted by the ship’s godmother, Kristin Chenoweth.

Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International
Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean International

The ship will sail its inaugural season from New York harbor to the Bahamas and the Caribbean before departing for her new homeport of Shanghai, China in May 2015. Sister-ship, Anthem of the Seas, will debut in Southampton in April 2015 and sail Mediterranean itineraries.

BONUS VIDEO: Quantum of the Seas – View from The Bridge