Miami, May 9, 2014 – Royal Caribbean announced today that it has agreed with STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain and President and Chief Operating Officer Adam Goldstein, along with STX France Chief Executive Officer Laurent Castaing, announced the planned ship order at the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France according to a press release.
“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.”
The announcement was made at the keel laying of Oasis 3 which marks an important milestone in the development of the ship signifying the beginning of its physical construction.
Oasis 3 (as its name hasn’t been announced yet) is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2016 and Oasis 4 will be delivered two years later in 2018. Oasis 3 will continue the concept of seven distinct themed areas. The Oasis class is monstrous at 225, 282 gross registered tons spanning 16 decks, with 2700 passengers. Oasis 3 and 4 will join Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas as the largest cruise ships in the world.