Spec­trum keel lay­ing

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

THE start of con­struc­tion on Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional’s new cruise ship Spec­trum of the Seas was cel­e­brated with an of­fi­cial keel lay­ing cer­e­mony this week.

RCI’s Kevin Dou­glas & Se­bas­tian Brunila were on hand to place a lucky coin un­der the block of the ship.

The ves­sel will be the fifth largest cruise ship in the world when it de­buts in 2019, boast­ing a gross ton­nage of 168,800 and ca­pac­ity of 4,200.

Pic­tured are: Thomas Murken, DNV GL; Thomas Weigend, Meyer Werft; Carsten Pen­gel, Meyer Werft; Mathias Ko­pitzki, Nep­tun Werft; Stephan Sch­mees, Meyer Werft; Rai­mon Strunck, Nep­tun Werft; Kevin Dou­glas, Royal Caribbean & Se­bas­tian Brunila, Royal Caribbean.

MEAN­WHILE Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional has re­leased its itin­er­ar­ies for the 2019/20 sea­son, with the big ticket items in the pro­gram to in­clude four new ports of call in Europe and the an­nounce­ment of the first Quan­tum Class ship to set sail for Alaska.

The Euro­pean stops avail­able for the first time in the next itin­er­ary will in­clude Visby in Swe­den; Zadar, Croa­tia; Portofino, Italy; and Porto in sunny Por­tu­gal.

The Alaskan seg­ment will in­clude seven-night sail­ings on Ova on of the Seas from Juneau to Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia.

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