(12:30 p.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean's newest ship Quantum of the Seas was successfully floated out today from German shipyard Meyer Werft.
The operation -- which was due to take place last Saturday -- was delayed due to the bad weather caused by the tail-end of Hurricane Bertha, which swept through Northern Europe at the weekend.
Quantum of the Seas will be berthed alongside the yard's pier for one night, before being going through thruster and stabiliser tests. The remaining works as well as tests and sea trials will be carried out over the next few weeks, before the ship's conveyance down the river Ems to the North Sea, which is scheduled for the middle of September.
The 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger ship -- the third biggest in the world -- will arrive in Southampton on October 31 for a night before crossing to Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey. It will however be based full time in Shanghai from May 2015.
The float-out can be viewed on the Meyer Werft website.
--By Adam Coulter, UK Editor