Following the recent delivery of the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean has continued the expansion of its huge Oasis-class with the placement of an order for another vessel.
The company has signed a deal with the STX shipyard in France for its fifth Oasis-class cruise ship, following the Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, and an as-yet-unnamed fourth vessel which is due to be delivered in 2018.
In addition to the new Oasis-class ship, Royal Caribbean has also placed orders with STX for two smaller Edge-class ships.
“The Oasis-class ships have delivered beyond expectations each time,” said Michael Bayley, president & CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Harmony of the Seas’ warm reception is evidence that growing this class of ship will continue to drive exceptional performance for the brand.”
Oasis-class vessels typically stretch approximately 360 metres in length and have a maximum capacity of more than 6,000 passengers. The first Edge-class vessels have not yet been delivered, but Royal Caribbean is positioning the brand as offering smaller vessels with luxury amenities. They will be operated by Celebrity Cruises.
“Although our first Edge-class vessel is still over two years away from delivery, there has been a tremendous amount of interest around the new standard of style Edge-class will introduce,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president & CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “Solstice-class ushered in a new era of design for modern cruise ships, and Edge-class will not disappoint as the new generation of high style and design.”
The fifth Oasis-class ship is scheduled for delivery in spring 2021, while the two Edge-class ships are due to arrive in autumn 2021 and 2022.