(10:35 a.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean officially took delivery of Spectrum of the Seas at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, today.
Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, officially received the ship from Meyer Werft Managing Partner Bernard Meyer.
The ship will be based year-round in China, homeporting in Shanghai from June 2019.
Michael Bayley said: "We are excited to welcome Spectrum of the Seas, our first Quantum Ultra-class ship, to the Royal Caribbean family.
"We have once again combined revolutionary ship design with the latest technologies to deliver a ship that will redefine the China cruise market. We are excited for our guests to make amazing family memories."
Spectrum of the Seas is the first of the line's Quantum Ultra-class and follows the line's Quantum-class vessels, including Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas.
The ship includes the line's first-ever all-suite complex -- accessed via a keycard using a private elevator -- plus the two-story, 1,134-square-foot Ultimate Family Suite, which debuted on Symphony of the Seas in 2018.
New dining options include specialty restaurant Sichuan Red, the Leaf and Bean traditional tea room, and Wonderland's Dadong, designed by Chinese chef Dong Zhenxiang. There will be one main dining room, rather than the four separate dining rooms found on ships like Ovation of the Seas.
Fun features also include the North Star (a pod that extends up over the ship for 360-degree views), which was pioneered on the line's Quantum-class ships, and SkyPad, a bungee trampoline that sees passengers wear virtual reality headsets while jumping.
The ship will begin its maiden voyage from Barcelona on April 18, arriving in Singapore on May 17. From there, it will offer two short sailings before relocating to Shanghai.
Odyssey of the Seas, which is set to be the line's second Quantum Ultra-class ship, will debut in 2020. Unlike Spectrum of the Seas, Odyssey of the Seas will sail from the United States.
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