Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has celebrated the steel cutting of a fifth Oasis-class ship, to be delivered in 2021.
The steel cutting, marking the official start of construction, took place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
The Oasis-class was launched with the introduction of Oasis of the Seas a decade ago. This was followed by Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas respectively in 2016 and 2018. Both cruise ships were built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
The shipyard said “Like its sister ships, the hull of the new cruise ship will be composed with about 400,000 machined steel parts.”
A statement by Royal Caribbean said “The fifth Oasis-class ship will combine the iconic seven-neighborhood concept that its sister ships feature with a bold and unexpected lineup of thrilling experiences, imaginative dining, unparalleled entertainment and the latest technology.”
Royal Caribbean Cruises has also ordered a sixth Oasis-class ship from French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique for delivery in 2023.
This order is contingent upon financing, which is expected to be completed in Q2 or Q3 this year.
When announcing the order in February this year Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and chief executive Richard D Fain said “It is such a pleasure to announce the order of another Oasis-class ship. This order is a reflection of the exceptional performance of this vessel class and the extraordinary partnership between Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.”
Chantiers de l’Atlantique said in a statement “With its outstanding dimensions, the new 2,857-cabin ship (hull A35) will belong, like its sister ships of the Oasis-class, to the category of the largest cruise ships ever built.”