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Third Quantum-class ship ordered! Five additional cruises of Grandeur canceled.

Royal orders new Quantum: Royal Caribbean just signed a contract for a third ship of the brand-new, yet-to-debut Quantum-class. The new 4,180-passenger ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2016. It will be built in the same shipyard as the first two vessels; Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The price and terms for the yet-to-be-named ship are similar to the first two Quantum ships, according to the company.

This new ship will include a greater proportion of higher-priced cabins than the other two Quantum-class ships. It will also feature a highly efficient design with more transformational spaces than previous cruise ships from almost any cruise line.

This class will achieve some of the greatest energy efficiencies at sea," Royal Caribbean said.

The order will put Royal Caribbean's annual growth in capacity at about 4% between 2012 and 2017.

The first ship in the class, Quantum of the Seas, is scheduled for delivery next year with Anthem of the Seas to follow in 2015.

Grandeur Fire Cancels Five More Cruises

On Monday, May 27, Grandeur of the Seas experienced a fire in the mooring area in the aft of the ship. Unfortunately, due to the time needed to repair the damage caused by the fire, it is necessary to cancel Grandeur of the Seas' six sailings following the one where the fire occurred.

Here at CruiseMates we have to say we expected this to happen although we couldn't fairly say so. We hope most of the people who were booked on these cruises were wise enough to also expect that their cruise also stood a good chance of being canceled.

The ship will be in repair and out of service until the July 12 sailing. The specific dates for the Grandeur of the Seas' cancelled sailings include:

June 7, 2013
June 14 2013
June 21, 2013
June 28, 2013
July 5, 2013

Royal Caribbean says it is deeply sorry for this unexpected development in its guests' upcoming vacation. The company will provide affected guests with a full refund of their voyage. For their convenience, all monies paid will automatically be processed back to the original form of payment within the next three weeks. Royal Caribbean International will also provide affected guests with a future cruise certificate for 25% of the cruise fare paid. This certificate may be used for a future cruise on Royal Caribbean International.

Guests who are ready to rebook onto a future sailing, and prefer to reapply the funds prior to the refund process being completed, should do so prior to June 12. Guests or travel agents rebooking by June 12 can contact Royal Caribbean at 888-824-0012. Guests who have booked directly with Royal Caribbean should contact us at 888-824-0012. Otherwise, you may book at your convenience.

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