Friday, September 27, 2013

Royal Caribbean Begins Oasis-Class Vessel Construction

Royal Caribbean International cut the first piece of steel for its third Oasis-class ship on Sept. 23, marking the first construction milestone for a vessel that, at about 227,700 gross register tonnage, is expected be the world’s largest cruise ship.

A ceremony marking the event was held at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, where the ship will be built. Royal Caribbean Cruises Chair and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Adam Goldstein and STX France CEO Laurent Castaing were among those in attendance.

“We have built 12 ships for Royal Caribbean and are extremely proud of the strength of our relationship,” Castaing said. “Oasis 3 is one of the biggest challenges ever undertaken in the history of our company and our teams are excited and ready to make this a successful project.”

The new vessel will join sister-ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which were introduced in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The two ships have 225,282 GRT and 16 decks with 2,700 staterooms, as well as 82-foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, elevating bars, high-diving performance venues and a “Central Park” with more than 12,000 live trees and plants. “The Oasis-class ships have fundamentally changed the cruising landscape,” Fain said. “We are delighted to be offering a third Oasis-class vessel for our guests as well as to be back at STX France after such a long tradition of building amazing ships together.”

The new ship is expected to be delivered in mid-2016. Royal Caribbean has said more details of the vessel will be revealed in the coming months.