(10:30 a.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean has announced that it has signed a contract for a third Quantum-Class Cruise Ship.
The contract was inked with the Meyer Werft shipyard to build the ship for delivery in mid-2016. The ship will have a similar price tag to its two sisters, Quantum of the Seas (pictured), which will make its maiden voyage in 2014, and Anthem of the Seas, scheduled to debut in 2015.
Royal Caribbean recently released details about Quantum of the Seas at a big reveal event in New York City. The 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger ships will have onboard amenities such as skydiving, an indoor sports complex and bumper cars.
The 16-deck ships will also have the first interior staterooms with virtual balconies.
Royal is keeping mum on the ship's name, but speculation has been rife since the start of the year when <a target=_"blank" href="http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2012/12/29/are-one-these-name-royal-caribbeans-third-oasis-class-ship" class="plain">RoyalCaribbeanblog, a fansite not associated with the line, revealed that RCI had trademarked several names, two of which -- Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas -- have already been used. The other four are: Passion of the Seas, Vantage of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Pulse of the Seas. The company filed the trademark applications November 2, 2012.
Adam Goldstein, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean said: “The Quantum class will offer vacationers more unexpected activities in the most extraordinary spaces, and a third ship will offer even more opportunities for vacationers to experience Quantum cruising.”
-- By Jasmine Shaddock, Cruise Critic Contributor