The Quantum of the Seas will stay in Asia this summer, rather than move to Alaska, where it was scheduled to operate.
Royal Caribbean International said the ship, currently sailing short cruises from Singapore, would stay in the Asia-Pacific region for the 2021 summer season. The Quantum had been Asia-based prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, sailing from Singapore and Tianjin, China.
In an email to booked passengers, Royal Caribbean cited Quantum of the Seas' success in resuming operations in Singapore as a key factor in the latest announcement.
"As you know, Quantum of the Seas resumed operations in Singapore last month and continues to offer short cruise getaways to local residents. Her success has prompted the decision to keep the ship in the Asia-Pacific region through the summer months and, therefore, we will be suspending Quantum of the Seas’ 2021 Alaska season, impacting sailings departing April 25- October 14, 2021.
Royal Caribbean said the decision does not affect Alaska sailings on Ovation, Serenade, and Radiance of the Seas. The Quantum had been set to offer seven-day cruises from Seattle along with three other Royal Caribbean ships sailing in Alaska this year: the Ovation, Radiance and Serenade of the Seas, based in Seattle, Vancouver and Seward, Alaska, respectively.
The ship is still expected to sail in Alaska in summer 2022, according to Royal.