Earlier today at STX France, the first piece of steel was cut for the soon to launch Oasis 3, the third ship in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class.
The steel cutting ceremony was commenced after Richard Fain pushed a button, initiating the steel cutting. Afterwards, a cutout plaque of Oasis 3 was signed by the executive teams from Royal Caribbean and STX Europe. The steel cutting is the first step in the construction process for the Oasis 3, which is set to debut in spring of 2016.
The Oasis 3 will be constructed in the St. Nazarie shipyard and is expected to be slightly larger than the two current Oasis fleet mates. According to Captain Greybeard (http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/captain-greybeard), Oasis 3 will be 2.15m longer than Oasis and Allure of the Seas and her gross tonnage will be 2,718 greater. Oasis 3 is also expected to have a maximum capacity of 6,360 passengers, which is 42 more than Allure.
“The Oasis-class ships have fundamentally changed the cruising landscape with the cornucopia of amenities and innovations that can be found onboard,” said Fain. “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 Oasis 3’s keel laying is scheduled for April of 2014.