There will be no charge for the North Star (pictured). The new Quantum of the Seas will sail from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey for her inaugural winter 2014/2015 season.

Commenting on the deployment decision, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Adam Goldstein said the New York market was hugely important to the brand.

“It’s an appropriate place to homeport as she begins service,” he said, also noting all the capacity out of Florida. Spring 2015 deployment had not been announced at press time.

Attractions and innovations on the new ships should attract first time cruisers, Goldstein commented.

“It should help the perceptions some people may have about the cruise experience,” he said.

Among the highlights on the ship, the company CEO pointed to the Music Hall, saying Royal Caribbean was one of the last to still place an importance on live music – with up to 30 performers sailing with the ship.

Other innovations such as bumper cars and the North Star will not carry a surcharge – but will hopefully lead to better ticket prices.

Building smaller than the Oasis class, at some 160,000 tons, Goldstein said it is important for the brand to have a diverse fleet portfolio with various size ships.

Asked whether this opens up the map for the new ships, he answered that there are more places (ports) the Quantum-class vessels can go in comparison to the Oasis, but not that many.

But never say never, as Goldstein mentioned that in 1998, they would have never thought that not a single Voyager-class vessel would homeport in Florida this coming summer.

The success metrics of the new Quantum ships will be measured via revenue generation and yields tied together.

“What people pay to be onboard (is the metric),” Goldstein continued, adding that fuel savings will come from hydrodynamics and the overall shape of the hull, along with changes and innovations to the propellers, the engines, air conditioning, lighting and more.

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