Next week I get to talk about Quantum of the Seas. Whoeee! It seems like we have been keeping this a secret forever. Stay tuned for some excitement. As always with a newbuild that is first in its class, we have put our heart and soul into the design of Quantum-class cruising. While there are many exciting new ships emerging from all parts of the industry, I believe viscerally that no other cruise lines devotes itself to the newbuild design process the way Royal Caribbean does. It starts with the insatiable passion of our Chairman Richard Fain and reverberates through the ranks. It starts about four years in advance of the ship’s delivery and picks up momentum relentlessly along the way.
The newbuild design process has been a fundamental building block of our culture from Song of Norway to Song of America to Sovereign of the Seas to Nordic Empress to Legend of the Seas to Voyager of the Seas to Radiance of the Seas to Freedom of the Seas to Oasis of the Seas to Quantum of the Seas. It has been an incredible honor to have participated personally in the last seven of these processes. We are confident that Quantum of the Seas will do justice to the tradition.
It is impossible to do justice to everyone and everything that contributes to this effort. Of course, a lot of the effort takes place within the newbuild organization under the direction of Executive VP Harri Kulovaara and VP Kelly Gonzalez. But many other areas from Finance to HR to IT to Supply Chain to Sales & Marketing are also immersed. Over the next 18 months until Quantum of the Seas’ delivery, we will try to give a flavor for various aspects of the process, especially the Operations team’s preparation to operate the ship and deliver the Wow as we have conceived of it. I will look primarily to Lisa Lutoff Perlo, our Executive VP of Operations, to keep you entertained about our doings in this regard. It’s worth mentioning that we will take delivery of Anthem of the Seas, sister ship to Quantum of the Seas, a mere six months later. So take all of the excitement and multiply it by two.