Royal Caribbean to build Second Genesis Class ship!
Royal Caribbean Exercises Option for Second Genesis Class Ship
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. exercised its option to build a second ship in its "Genesis Project". Destined to become the 24th ship in the Royal Caribbean International fleet, the 5,400-guest, 220,000-gross-registered-ton ship would be built at Aker Yards in Finland, with delivery projected for August, 2010.
Like the prototype ship due out in October, 2009, the second Project Genesis ship will be a trailblazer in cruise-ship and vacation innovation. New icons and amenities will continue to challenge and expand guests' expectations of cruising, and the latest technology and design will continue to increase efficiencies.
The company estimates the all-in cost of the ship will be approximately $260,000 per berth. The contract is contingent on the completion of customary financing.
I have learned to "never say never". My all-time favorite class ship is RCL's Radiance class. However, I've sailed on the Voyager class and the Freedom class and enjoyed both of them very much. A lot of people say you lose the personal service, etc. on the larger ships. I can honestly say that we did not experience that on the Voyager or Freedom. We had wonderful experiences on both. My hubby's favorite class to date is the Freedom class. He absolutely loved that ship. So, I am sure I will try the Genesis class and look forward to doing so.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
I think 50,000 GRT, 700 passengers is the right size of ship. Maybe you can cut it down to 40,000 GRT and 700 passengers but below that the PSR gets too small.
Except for three days on Sovereign of the Seas (around 1900 pax), I have never been on a ship over 1,000 passengers (Chandris, Costa, and Regent).
The smallest I have cruised are Paul Gauguin and Radisson Diamond; both capable of carrying just over 300 passengers. When I sailed on the Diamond, there were only 144 passengers on board, it was wonderful.
I think it is great that they are building ships of all sizes with all sorts of differentiation with respect to size, dining, attire, and entertainment. If a passenger is fine with any ship on any line, what good does all the marketing do in terms of garnering lifetime customers.