The forthcoming “world’s largest cruise ship” will be completed in 2018
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. just announced today it will build a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018. This is the world “world’s largest” class of cruise ships in the world. The name of the fourth ship has not yet been determined. Two of the Oasis-class ships (Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas) are currently in service, both sailing out of Fort Lauderdale.
The shipyard will be STX shipyard in France. Richard D. Fain and Adam Goldstein, along with STX France Chief Executive Officer Laurent Castaing, announced the new order during the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
"The Oasis Class was a revolution in maritime design when it was launched in 2009. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas continue to be in a class by themselves both in terms of guest satisfaction and financial returns. Today's announcement is a reflection of their success," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
There currently under construction Oasis III will be approximately 20 percent more energy efficient than Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which are already the most energy efficient cruise ships in the world. Royal Caribbean said the fourth Oasis-class ship will further build on that efficiency.
The third and fourth Oasis-class ships will join Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas – which were launch individually in 2009 and 2010, respectively – and share the title of the largest ships in the world. At 225,282 gross registered tons and spanning 16 decks with 2,700 staterooms, the Oasis-class ships also introduced many "firsts at sea" such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, the AquaTheater high-diving performance venue, and the Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants.
The Oasis Class also offers amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H2O Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.