The keel laying ceremony for the first block of the new cruise ship Spectrum of the Seas was held at Neptun Werft, part of Meyer Werft, on November 8. Kevin Douglas and Sebastian Brunila from Royal Caribbean International placed the lucky cent under the block before the first block of the new ship was lowered into position.
This block is one of a total of 74 blocks for the newbuilding and weighs altogether 938 tons. The keel laying ceremony marks the official start of construction for the Spectrum of the Seas. The ship will register 168,800 gross tons and will be able to carry 4,200 passengers. Spectrum is specifically designed for Asian market.
The first steel parts for the Spectrum of the Seas were cut to size in the Meyer Werft Laser Center already back in August 2017. The completion of the ship is planned for spring 2019. Royal Caribbean took delivery of the similar sister ships Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The keel laying ceremony was held in Rostock-Warnemünde, where the ship's engine room unit is produced, attended by Thomas Weigend, Stephan Schmees (Executive Board Member) and Carsten Pengel (Project Management) from Meyer Werft, Raimon Strunck (Managing Director) and Mathias Kopitzki (Project Manager) from Neptun Werft, Thomas Murken DNV GL and the team from Royal Caribbean International. "It is our great pleasure to build these innovative ships for Royal Caribbean and to continue our long-standing business relationship," said Stephan Schmees.