A shipyard in Germany on Thursday officially laid the keel for Spectrum of the Seas, one of six giant vessels on order for Royal Caribbean.
Workers at the Neptun Werft shipbuilding facility in Rostock, Germany lowered the first of dozens of massive steel blocks that will make up the vessel into a building dock. The block measured 620 tons.
The keel-laying comes two months after the first steel was cut for the ship.
Scheduled to debut in 2019, Spectrum will be one of the 10 biggest cruise vessels in the world when it arrives. It’ll be the first ship in Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum Ultra class of vessels, which the line has said will be an evolution of its recent Quantum class.
Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class is comprised of three ships that debuted between 2014 and 2016. Measuring 168,666 tons a piece, they are tied for fifth among the world’s largest cruise vessels and can hold nearly 5,000 passengers a piece.
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Boasting all the trappings of major land resorts, the Quantum class ships are chock full of deck-top fun zones, pools, restaurants, bars, lounges and innovative entertainment venues. Notable features include skydiving simulators, bars with robot bartenders, bumper cars, and glass capsules on mechanical arms that rise into the air for bird’s-eye views — all industry firsts.
Spectrum is being specifically designed for the China and Asia-Pacific region.