Ovation of the Seas, the third Quantum class ship, marked its official start of construction with a steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Germany.On the cusp of delivering the first Quantum-class newbuild, Royal Caribbean International marked a milestone today as the first piece of steel was cut noting the official construction start on the third Quantum-class ship.

The steel cutting for the 167,000-ton Ovation of the Seas, scheduled to be delivered in the autumn of 2016, took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and now the Ovation of the Seas are being built.

The Quantum class will debut in autumn 2014 with Quantum of the Seas sailing from the New York harbor, followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015 sailing from Southhampton in the UK.