Friday, August 2, 2013

Quantum Class Taking Shape

Two of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships took significant steps in their construction today (August 2, 2013) at Meyer Werft in Germany.

The 430-ton first block of the keel for Quantum of the Seas was lowered into place in the drydock at Meyer Werft today.

In keeping with tradition, two coins were placed under the keel. They will remain in place until the ship is nearing completion. At that time they will be retrieved and given to the ship's captain to keep aboard the ship for good luck.

Thing (formerly employed by the Addams Family) delivers the ceremonial coins to Bernard Meyer, Harri Kulovaara, EVP, Newbuild and Design, Royal Caribbean International; Mika Heiskanen, 
Project Manager, Royal Caribbean International and Jan Meyer, Managing Partner, Meyer Werft.
Mission accomplished. Executives, in front of the first block, toast the keel laying.

The first steel was also cut today for Anthem of the Seas, the second ship in the Quantum class.
Pressing the button. RCCL and Meyer executives press the button which started the computerized cutting of the steel for Anthem of the Seas. Note the block plan to the left. This shows how the giant blocks, like the one placed in the drydock for Quantum, will fit together to form the ship.

Details of this story appeared in the August 2, 2013 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Photos courtesy of Meyer Werft