Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas left the shipyard at Papenburg, Germany, and is traveling the Ems River toward the North Sea for sea trials.


The $1 billion ship cleared the gateway between the shipyard and the river by inches, and will require the raising or removal of four bridges across the river along its 20 mile journey.

Conveyance is expected to take about 10 hours. Quantum is the largest ship to move between the Meyer Werft shipyard and the sea via the Ems.

Next month, Royal Caribbean plans to take formal delivery of the vessel and sail it to Southampton, England, where it will sail preview cruises before heading to New Jersey in early November.

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