The agreement with the German shipbuilder, according to Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of RCC, was "a reflection of the success of the first two Quantum-class ships”.
Two of the ships in the Quantum class are already operating. Quantum of the Seas, launched in November 2014, is sailing from Shanghai. Anthem of the Seas, named last month, is in Southampton for 2015 summer before repositioning to Bayonne, New Jersey. The 3rd ship, Ovation of the Seas, is debuting in mid-2016, built with the Chinese cruise market in mind.
Hallmarks of the Quantum-class include the North Star (a glass capsule rising 300 feet above sea level with 360-degree views), the skydiving simulator and the Seaplex entertainment space with roller skating, circus school and bumper cars.
Based upon current cruise ship orders, projected RCI capital expenditures for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are $1.6 bill, $2.3 bill, $0.4 bill, $2.4 bill and $1.3 bill, respectively, with capacity increases expected to be 5.5 %, 6.3 %, 3.1 %, 3.9 % and 6.5 %, respectively.