|Posted by RCI fans on May 9, 2014 at 6:45 AM||comments (0)|
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'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.
"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. Known for pushing the boundaries and as part of the cruise line's continuous improvement mantra, Oasis III will be approximately 20 percent more energy efficient than Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which already are the most energy efficient cruise ships in the world. The fourth Oasis-class ship will further build on that efficiency.
"We are very excited that Royal Caribbean has agreed to move forward with a fourth Oasis-class ship demonstrating their confidence in STX France to construct the most superior cruise ships in the world," said Laurent Castaing, Chief Executive Officer, STX France. "We look forward to advancing the efficiencies of our ship building process to produce the most innovative ships that vacationers have come to expect from Royal Caribbean."
The keel laying of the third Oasis-class ship marks an important milestone in the development of the ship, as it signifies the beginning of its physical construction. During the ceremony, a 1,000-ton block measuring 32-ft by 154-ft was lifted by crane into the building dock. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel and will stay in place there until the end of the ship's construction. Once the ship is near to completion, the coins are retrieved and presented to the ship's Captain and crew to be placed onboard the ship. According to maritime tradition, the coins are said to bring luck to the ship during its construction process and then to its Captain and crew when she is sailing out at sea. Still to be named, the third Oasis-class ship will be delivered in spring 2016.
|Posted by RCI fans on March 23, 2014 at 7:10 AM||comments (1)|
The first pictures of Royal Caribbean's new Oasis 3 have emerged on the STX France website.
Images: STX France
The renderings show some differences in design to her sisters, as well as what appears to be a water slide on her top deck.
It is also likely that she will include some of the new Quantum features, such as Virtual Balconies and dining options.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 23, 2013 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean International has refused to rule out basing one of its Oasis-class ships in the Mediterranean when the third vessel launches in 2016.
Adam Goldstein refused to discuss plans for the new vessel, but said the cruise line was ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the reaction to Oasis of the Seas’ mini-season in the Mediterranean next autumn.
Goldstein said bringing Oasis to Europe had been an ‘experiment’ but demand had been ‘quite promising’.
He added: “We always felt demand would be high but we needed to do it in real life to be sure. We are offering attractive itineraries so we already feel we have the ports we need for Oasis to operate in Europe.”
Due to the size of the Oasis-class, it is limited to the number of ports it can fit in to.
Itineraries for the 2015-16 season will be revealed in early 2014.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
Construction of the third Oasis-class vessel has officially begun today.
Image: Royal Caribbean International
Work has started at St Nazaire shipyard in France, to build the largest cruise ship, due for completion in April 2016.
The ship will be nearly identical to her older sisters, Oasis and Allure of the Seas. The keel-laying will take place in April next year.
The first piece of steel to be cut was a silhouette of the ship. It was then signed by Richard Fain, Adam Goldstein and executive vice-president Harri Kulovaara, together with STX chief executive Laurent Castaing and operations director Jean Yves Jaouen.
The ships name has not yet been announced, however if we take a look at the 6 names Royal Caribbean trademarked in January 2013, we may be able to take a few guesses.
A spokeswoman for the ship yard said a giant new crane would enable Oasis 3 to be constructed in 90 individual blocks, whereas the earlier two ships were made up of 160 blocks.
|Posted by RCI fans on September 23, 2013 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
The first steel cutting for the third Oasis-class ship is expected to start at STX France today.
Image: Royal Caribbean International
Each Oasis-class ship can accomodate 5,400 passengers and weigh in at 225,000 tons.
According to supplier reports, a fourth Oasis will be confirmed next summer, followed by a fifth.
'Oasis 3' should be delivered in 2016, while 'Oasis 4' will be constructed ready for summer 2018.
Stay tuned for more information about the steel cutting of Oasis 3...
|Posted by RCI fans on March 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Image renderings of the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal which is due to open later this year, shows an Oasis class ship berthed at the Terminal.
The terminal which has two berths can accommodate ships of up to 1,492 feet. The berths will be capable of handling two Oasis class vessels (1,187 ft) at the same time. Not even the terminal at Port Everglades can currently do that.
The renderings pose a good question about where the next Oasis class vessel will be posistioned. A third Oasis class ship in the Caribbean year round would be very unlikely. Asia is a rapidly growing cruise destination, with 7 million cruise passengers predicted to visit by 2020. In 2012, Hong Kong itself welcomed almost 1.4 million passengers.
The ship is currently planned to be built in France after Finland lost out on the project.
|Posted by RCI fans on December 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has announced today that it has signed a contract with STX France to construct a third Oasis-class vessel with an expected delivery date of mid-2016.
In addition is an option for a second ship with a potential delivery in mid-2018.
“The Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas have fundamentally transformed the cruise experience for our guests,” said Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
“These ships have consistently generated outstanding guest satisfaction ratings and continue to produce superior financial results. We are thrilled to be adding a sister to this extraordinary class of vessels at a compelling price. Being back building in France just adds to the pleasure.”
The third ship will be built at the STX shipyard in France instead of the Aker Yard in Turku, Finland, where Oasis and Allure were built.
“STX France is proud to partner with Royal Caribbean again and continue our decades-long relationship by building the third Oasis-class ship,” said Laurent Castaing, chief executive officer of STX France. “Royal Caribbean has always been an important part of our shipyard’s success, and we are delighted to add this highly innovative and spectacular ship to the list of vessels we have built together.”
The newbuild contract includes the transfer of Pullmantur’s Atlantic Star as part of the consideration.
Additionally, the contract is subject to satisfaction of financing and other conditions.
STX France has also provided the company with a one-year option for the mid-year 2018 delivery of a fourth Oasis-class vessel at similar pricing.
|Posted by RCI fans on October 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean has confirmed that it is in negotiations for the possible construction of a third Oasis class cruise ship that would delivered in middle to late 2016.
Royal Caribbean announced the news during its third financial results meeting. Royal Caribbean first commented on the news in early October as 'just a rumor' however they have now confirmed, there is a possiblity for a third ship.
Royal Caribbean has not entered into any sort of agreement at this time, it does hope to place an order by the end of the year. The new ship is expected to cost less on a per berth basis than either of the first two Oasis-class vessels.
Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain confirmed the news during his talks, "The Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas have proven themselves to be exceptionally attractive ships by generating the highest guest satisfaction ratings in the fleet coupled with very compelling financial returns. Ordering another such ship for delivery in 2016, at a lower cost, with better energy efficiency is very consistent with our balanced goals of prudent growth, return improvement and debt reduction."
This third Oasis class ship would be in addition to the other two Sunshine Class ships Royal Caribbean has already ordered and is in the process of being built.
|Posted by RCI fans on April 3, 2012 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
Royal Caribbean's Cupcake Cupboard restaurant that is found on its Oasis class ships, as well as some of its recently refursbished ships, has inspired a new cookbook that the cruise line has launched all about cupcake recipes as well as ice cream flavors.
"Cupcakes & Scoops" features recipes to bake the perfect cupcake. The cookbook costs $34.95 and can be purchased aboard Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas as well as online.
Included with the book is 1 apron, 1 piping bag, 3 piping tips, 25 regular cupcake liners, 25 mini cupcake liners and 12 decorative picks.
A $1 donation from each book sold will be benefit the cruise line’s charitable partner Make-A-Wish Foundation.
|Posted by RCI fans on February 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
Bahamas police are investigating an apparent suicide of a British man on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas that occurred last Friday. This investigation is related to the incident that was first reported about a man who fell off the ship.
The Police report that at 7:10am while aboard Allure of the Seas, the man committed suicide while the ship was off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico.
American Federal agents are assisting the police in the Bahamas, including Superintendent Paul Rolle, Head of the Central Detective Unit, along with officers from the Broward County Sheriff's Office and Customs and Border Protection.
"We do not have much information we can share with the public at this point. All we know is a British man is dead and it may or may not have been suicide. We are still conducting our on scene investigations and interviewing eyewitness. We are being assisted by other law enforcement agencies and expect to wrap up our investigations shortly. At that time, I will provide an update," he said.
Royal Caribbean also issued a statement that said the 30-year-old fell from the balcony of his stateroom on Deck 11. The statement also said, "The ship made multiple public announcements and began a complete search of the ship, in efforts to locate the guest. When the guest did not respond to the pages and was not found onboard, the captain alerted the local authorities of the situation."