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    Micro-bubble system helps Quantum to whopping 20% efficiency gain on Oasis

    Quantum of the Seas will have a giant 20% leap in fuel efficiency per available passenger day over Oasis and Allure of the Seas through myriad initiatives including an innovative air lubrication system. The ship will ride on a carpet of drag-reducing micro-bubbles that, at speed, is expected to cut fuel consumption a net 7% to 8%, according to Harri Kulovaara, evp maritime for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

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    Quantum's Two70°—called coolest, most challenging and more costly than Song of Norway

    Royal Caribbean entertainment vp Nick Weir calls it the coolest room at sea. For evp maritime Harri Kulovaara, it has been the most difficult design of his career. And chairman and ceo Richard Fain told Seatrade Insider Quantum of the Seas' innovative Two70°—the enormous aft lounge with 270-degree ocean views that mingles robotics and super-high-definition projections with human aerial acrobats— is the most expensive room Royal Caribbean has ever built. It was, in fact, more costly than the company's first cruise ship, the $13.5m Song of Norway.

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    AmaWaterways' 2015 Europe newbuilds sport connecting cabins

    With the addition of AmaSerena and AmaVista in 2015, AmaWaterways will introduce the line's first connecting cabins. The vessels will join their sister ships AmaSonata, which was christened last month, and AmaReina, AmaPrima and AmaCerto for Danube, Main and Rhine sailings beginning next spring.

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    Fincantieri lays keel for HAL's Pinnacle-class newbuild

    Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard laid the keel for Holland America Line's Pinnacle-class newbuild in a ceremony where the 680-ton keel block was lowered into the dock, marking the start of construction.


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