Today, at the keel laying of Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis Class ship in Saint-Nazaire, France, the line announced a deal has been struck with STX France for the construction of a fourth Oasis Class ship.
The fourth Oasis Class ship, which would follow a relatively similar design as her predecessors, is expected to be completed sometime in 2018. The ship will feature the Oasis Class’ many innovative amenities such as the first zip line at sea, the neighborhood concept, the AquaTheater, and many others. According to the line, new environmental features will allow the new ship to become approximately 20% more energy efficient than both the Oasis and Allure of the Seas.
“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. “We are thrilled to announce the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship during the keel-laying milestone of the third. This announcement is also a testament to the men and women of STX France who have worked so hard and so cooperatively on Oasis III.”
“We are very excited that Royal Caribbean has agreed to move forward with a fourth Oasis-class ship demonstrating their confidence in STX France to construct the most superior cruise ships in the world,” said Laurent Castaing, Chief Executive Officer, STX France. “We look forward to advancing the efficiencies of our ship building process to produce the most innovative ships that vacationers have come to expect from Royal Caribbean.”
The fourth Oasis Class ship will be built at STX France’s Saint-Nazaire shipyard along with the third ship in the class. According to the line, the order of the fourth Oasis Class ship is currently subject to documentation and the satisfaction of financing and other customary conditions.
The Oasis Class ships are the largest cruise ships currently sailing in the world. Each ship has a length of about 1,186 feet, a GRT of 225,282, 16 decks, and 2,700 staterooms.