Royal Caribbean has moved forward with an order for a fourth Oasis-class ship.
The ship announcement was made at the STX France shipyard at the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship in Saint Nazaire today.
Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain; COO Adam Goldstein and STX France CEO Laurent Castaing made the joint announcement, saying the new ship will be delivered in 2018.
Fain said the order was a reflection on the success of Oasis of the Seas 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.”
The order is subject to documentation and financing conditions, with projected capital expenditures for the next four years at US$6.8 billion including new ship orders.
The keel-laying of the third Oasis ship, which is yet to be named, marks the beginning of its construction which will finish in spring 2016.