How do you move an enormous ship out of a shipyard and prepare her for her first sailing? Very carefully! Can you believe it’s that time already? It’s time for Quantum of the Seas to grow up and move out of the shipyard! This process isn’t an easy one as you can see in the infographic above.
Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas was originally expected to leave Papenburg shipyard on September 21, 2014, but due to adverse weather, the conveyance was delayed by one day. She did set out as expected for her 10 hour journey down the River Ems toward the North Sea. She’ll have to undergo some more tests at Bremerhaven before heading out to Southampton for her first two-night sailing before making the 8 day trek across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. She’ll get comfortable in her new homeport of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey where she’ll sail cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean before heading to Shanghai, China for the summer 2015 season.
Maneuvering this mighty ship through such tights spaces, under bridges, near power lines, etc. is quite a feat. Are you as excited about this new ship as I am? Go Quantum of the Seas! Go!