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Royal Caribbean Confirms Quantum-class Ship For Southampton

Royal Caribbean’s president and chief executive has confirmed to TTG that the cruise line will have a Quantum-class ship sailing out of Southampton in 2020.

Michael Bayley suggested that the cruise ship would likely be either Anthem of the Seas or Quantum of the Seas, as Ovation of the Seas will be redeployed from China to Alaska in 2019.

Ovation of the Seas will be replaced in China by the new Quantum Ultra-class ship Spectrum of the Seas, which launches in the spring of 2019.

“A week after the Brexit vote our projected revenue from the UK dropped by $50 million on conversion. But now it is back, and it’s improved substantially – the exchange rate is a 15% change from what it was.”

“We’re delighted the pound is doing so well. It’s great news, and when the rate is at that level or better, it causes us to re-evaluate the deployment of ships into the UK market,” he said.

“We look at all markets and their performance relevant to price, so when sterling fell [after the EU referendum] the value of the business in the UK was stripped.

“A week after the Brexit vote our projected revenue from the UK dropped by $50 million on conversion. But now it is back, and it’s improved substantially – the exchange rate is a 15% change from what it was.”

Asked if the change was enough to justify placing a new ship in the UK market, Bayley replied: “There is going to be a ship in the UK market in 2020 – there is a Quantum-class ship coming to the UK market, and it will be sailing out of Southampton and homeporting there for a season.”

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