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Steel Cut for Fifth Oasis Class Cruise Ship

L-RL-R: Jean-Yves Jaouen, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Florence Mauduit, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Laurent Castaing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Beatrice Siri, RCL, Joseph Pineau, RCL
L-R: Jean-Yves Jaouen, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Florence Mauduit, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Laurent Castaing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Beatrice Siri, RCL, Joseph Pineau, RCL

By The Maritime Executive 2019-04-24 18:18:43

The first steel plate of a new Oasis Class ship (hull 34)  has been cut at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in France. 

The ceremony marks the start of the construction of the third Oasis Class built by the shipyard, after Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas respectively delivered in 2016 and 2018. Like her sister ships, the hull of the new cruise ship will be composed with about 400, 000 machined steel parts. The 1,187-foot, 225,282grt Oasis Class ships have capacity for 6,780 passengers and 2,200 crew.

The ship will be the fifth Oasis Class ship and is scheduled to be delivered in 2021. 

In February, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ordered a sixth Oasis Class ship for delivery in the fall of 2023. She will be the 23rd cruise ship that Royal Caribbean will have built by the yard. The order is contingent upon financing which is expected to be completed in the second or third quarter of this year.

The Royal Caribbean fleet continues to grow. On April 11, Royal Caribbean took delivery of the 26th ship in its fleet, Spectrum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft in Germany. The first in the Quantum Ultra class of ships, Spectrum of the Seas will homeport from Shanghai starting June 2019. Accommodating 4,246 guests at double occupancy and 1,551 international crew members, Spectrum of the Seas will be the largest and most expensive ship in Asia.

Steel was cut for the second Quantum Ultra Class ship in February at the Meyer Werft.

Royal Caribbean has itineraries to more than 260 destinations in 72 countries on six continents.