Last week, as Royal Caribbean announced plans to construct a fourth Oasis Class ship, STX France and Royal Caribbean celebrated the third Oasis Class ship’s keel laying ceremony.
The ceremony, which marks a major milestone in the ship’s construction, was kicked off with the laying of a 1,000-ton block measuring 32-ft by 154-ft into the dry dock at Saint-Nazaire Shipyard. The initial block is one of 80 that will be eventually joined together to form the world’s newest, largest cruise ship.
Following maritime tradition, a number of newly minted coins were placed under the keel of the newbuild. The coins will remain under the keel until construction of the ship is complete, where the coins will then be presented to the ship’s command as good luck symbols.
Highlights from the keel laying ceremony, including the announcement of the order of a fourth Oasis Class ship, can be viewed in the video above.
The third, and still unnamed, Oasis Class ship is currently under construction at STX France’s Saint-Nazaire Shipyard. The ship is expected to join the Royal Caribbean fleet in spring of 2016.