Quantum Of The Seas heading to China
In a stunning announcement, RCI today said that Quantum will not homeport in Bayonne. Instead the ship will do it's initial round of sailings from New Jersey, and then move to Shanghai in May 2015.
Also, the Anthem Of The Seas will not be based in Fort Lauderdale but will replace Quantum in the NY area market, along with Liberty Of The Seas. So, Port Everglades not only doesn't get a new ship, but it loses one (the Liberty) which was based there seasonally.
I am trying to sort this out and understand why a new ship with a new dining concept, and Mamma Mia as the main show, will appeal to the Chinese market. Will Jamie's Italian restaurant, Coastal California cuisine, and an always formal dining room with old word French cuisine appeal to the Chinese cruiser?
In a way I feel a sense of betrayal, but then I admit it is probably because the typical American cruiser has been spoiled by expecting every new cruise ship to sail from U.S. ports initially.