Royal Caribbean International’s Chairman, Richard Fain, today announced the line would not opt to build a new ship for either Royal Caribbean nor Celebrity Cruises for 2017. Prior to the announcement, Royal Caribbean International had the option to build a fourth Quantum Class ship or a sixth Solstice Class ship with a delivery date of 2017.
The news reportedly was announced during Royal Caribbean International’s fourth quarter shareholder conference call.
While today’s announcement ruled out the possibility of an additional Quantum or Solstice Class ship, UBS Investment Research is reporting Royal Caribbean International is currently considering exercising an option to build a fourth Oasis Class ship. Royal Caribbean International’s decision on a fourth Oasis would need to be made by mid 2014 in order to secure a proposed 2018 launch.
At the moment, Royal Caribbean International has ordered three new ships for Royal Caribbean: Quantum of the Seas, 2014; Anthem of the Seas, 2015; a third Quantum Class ship, 2016; and a third, unnamed Oasis Class ship, 2016. Royal Caribbean International currently has not ordered any new ships for Celebrity Cruises.