Royal Caribbean finally put rumors to rest and placed an order today for a third Oasis class cruise ship with a delivery date of mid 2016. Royal also has the option to build a fourth ship to be delivered in 2018.
Royal Caribbean’s new Oasis class ship will be built by STX, the previous builder of the Oasis and Allure, but will instead have the ship constructed at STX’s Saint-Nazaire shipyard in France. Both the Oasis and Allure were built in STX’s sister yard in Turku, Finland.
Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Ltd.’s Chairman & CEO, said today in a statement,”The Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas have fundamentally transformed the cruise experience for our guests…these ships have consistently generated outstanding guest satisfaction ratings and continue to produce superior financial results. We are thrilled to be adding a sister to this extraordinary class of vessels at a compelling price.”
Royal Caribbean has not announced the exact price of the new ship, but they suggested that they are paying less than the $1.5 billion for the Oasis and Allure.
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis and Allure of the Seas, sister ships of the soon to be Oasis class ship, each have a gross registered tonnage of 220,000 and carry around 6,300 passengers each. The Oasis and Allure share the title of world’s largest cruise ship.
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