The picturesque and colorful Malaga is located along the southern coast of Spain in the foothills of the Montes de Malaga Park. Renowned for its production of raisins, Malaga is also Picasso's birthplace and the site hosting one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean.
Famous for its unique atmosphere and cultural interest, Barcelona is one of the most vivid cities in Europe. Stroll along Las Ramblas, explore the cobbled streets of the Gothic section or visit the unfinished masterpiece of Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia. Alternatively, go on a bike tour through the old town and along the beach. Go for a walk in the park Guell Gaudi, a truly amazing oasis of plants, trees and buildings. Do not miss the Picasso Gallery, with more than 2000 works of the artist.
Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is also the capital of the community of Andalusia and is the fourth largest metropolitan area of Spain.
Seville is divided into two parts by the river Guadalquivir. On one side stands the historic center of the city with numerous attractions (Cathedral, Alcazar, Plaza de Espana, etc.), while on the other side is the picturesque area Triana, with long musical tradition in flamenco.
Cartagena is a Spanish city and a major naval station located in the Region of Murcia, by the Mediterranean coast, south-eastern Spain. It is still an important naval seaport, the main military haven of Spain, and is home to a large naval shipyard.Cartagena is the main Seaport of the Murcia region. It has 214,000 inhabitants, ranking second in the Region. Cartagena concentrates an artistic legacy that summarizes almost three millennia of Spanish History. The confluence of civilizations as well as its strategic harbour, together the rise of the local mining industry is manifested by a unique artistic heritage, with a number of landmarks such as the Roman Theatre, the second largest of the Iberian Peninsula
The Rock of Gibraltar stands between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. A visit to Gibraltar Museum illustrates the remarkable story of this strategic milestone. Take a cable car ride to the top of the cliff to enjoy the magnificent view and see the famous inhabitants of the Rock - the apes Macaques of Barbary, known as "Monkeys of the Rock" of Gibraltar. Try to get off the Mediterranean Step Walk, starting from O'Charas Butters, the highest point of Gibraltar and go round the cliffs to the bottom of the Rock.
In Cannes, the queen of Côte d'Azur, with its famous Croisette, one of the most famous streets in the world, the visitor will see the beautiful buildings and luxury hotels dating from Belle Epoque. The palace of the International Film Festival and the village of artists, with the graphic galleries and excellent tables is none other than San Paul de Vance. A beautiful area to relax the tension of the city and redefine the senses of human nature.
Southampton is a large city and major port on the south coast of England. It considers to be the cruise capital of Northern Europe and has a long and important maritime history.
The rich city's culture heritage is reflected to the number of museums, such as Southampton Maritime Museum, Tudor House Museum and Sea City Museum. Galleries, open events, festivals, shopping and a great variety of attractions are available, for all interests. This vibrant, multi cultural city wont't disappoint any visitor.
Valencia is a charming old city and the capital of the Old Kingdom of Valencia province of Spain that is well worth a visit. It is the third Spanish city in terms of importance and population.Valencia is famous for its Fallas Festival in March , for being the birthplace of paella and for the massive architectural project by Santiago Calatrava called The City of Arts and Sciences.The river Turia ran through the center of the city, but it was redirected a while back and replaced by a beautiful park. This is a very nice place to spend any free time you have in the city on a sunny day.
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MIAMI, August 2, 2013 – Excitement was palpable at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, today, as Royal Caribbean International marked two important milestones in the development of its Quantum class of ships. Quantum of the Seas, scheduled to be delivered in the autumn of 2014, received its first block as the keel was officially lowered and put into place. In conjunction, Anthem of the Seas, Quantum’s sister-ship, had its first piece of steel cut, signaling the first step in the ship’s construction.
“Today is a very special day in the development of our new Quantum class, as we are now two steps closer to delighting guests around the world with Quantum cruising,” said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas coming together so well, and today we not only honor these two very important milestones, but also recognize the years of hard work and dedication from the team developing these ships.”
The keel laying marks an important milestone in the development of Quantum of the Seas as it signifies the beginning of the ship’s physical construction. During the ceremony the first block of the ship is lowered into place in the building dock. Newly-minted coins are placed under the keel which then stays in place until the end of construction. Once the ship is completed the coins are retrieved and presented to the ship’s Captain and crew. According to maritime tradition, the coins are said to bring luck to the ship during its construction and then to its Captain and crew when she is out to sea.
The groundbreaking Quantum class ships will debut new unprecedented features, such as RipCord by iFly, the first skydiving experience at sea; the North Star, an engineering marvel that transports guests more than 300 feet above the ocean; transformative venues, such as The Sea-Plex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever, including the industry’s first-ever Virtual Balcony staterooms, which offer expansive, real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations from interior staterooms.
The Quantum class will debut in autumn 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015. Quantum ships span 16 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms.
Message from Adam M. Goldstein, President and CEO
Welcome to Royal Caribbean International – a place where innovation and imagination reign supreme. From its very beginning, our company has been guided by the principles of designing ships and creating itineraries that lead to a cruising experience like no other – principles grounded on delivering the WOW to each and every one of our guests before, during and after sailing with us.
We take great pride in being able to introduce first-at-sea innovations such as the rock climbing wall, zipline and FlowRider® surf simulator to mention a few, as well as offering unparalleled entertainment experiences and to be the only cruise line to offer Tony Award®-winning Broadway shows. All of these onboard amenities offer us the opportunity to see how we can WOW our guests every time they cruise with us.
With more than 280 destinations worldwide and an amazing array of exciting shore excursions and cruisetour options, we provide our guests the chance to experience something new. Something only a Royal Caribbean cruise can offer – like glacier-trekking in Alaska; cave-tubing in Belize; biking through the vineyards of Dubrovnik, Croatia; experiencing the wonders of China; or simply doing nothing at all. That's just the beginning of the kind of exciting adventures and relaxing escapes our global cruises bring to vacationers around the world.
Our ships are also built to WOW. Our latest innovations on Quantum of the Seas, set to sail in November 2014, will feature such first-at-sea experiences like bumper cars, roller skating, simulated skydiving and The North Star, a jewel-like capsule that gently soars 300 feet above sea level. Plus, our Oasis class ships continue to WOW our guests with their unprecedented entertainment, dining and exclusive onboard amenities. We also continue to enhance the rest of our fleet and have already revitalized more than half of our 21 ships and will finalize the revitalizations with our Voyager class in 2014 and 2015.
All of this of course could not be accomplished without our most amazing asset – our crew. The men and women onboard our ships work tirelessly each and every day to ensure that all of our guests have the vacation of a lifetime.
We are committed to continue creating amazing new experiences for our guests in the years ahead. It’s our way of ensuring that we offer our guests the most innovative cruise ships, exciting and compelling itineraries around the world, and our renowned GOLD Anchor Service – what we call the Royal Advantage. We look forward to seeing you onboard and delivering the WOW to you and your family and friends.