Berths on new ship would cost less than on first two ships
Royal Caribbean has confirmed that it is in negotiations for the construction of a third Oasis-class cruise ship. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are the world’s two biggest cruise ships, with maximum capacity for 6,296 and 6,400 passengers, respectively.
In a Royal Caribbean blog, the cruise line says it has “not entered into any sort of agreement at this time” but that it is in “negotiations for the possible construction of a third Oasis Class cruise ship that would be delivered in middle to late 2016”. It hopes to place an order by the end of 2012. The new ship is expected to cost less on a per berth basis than either of the first two Oasis-class vessels.
Royal Caribbean’s chairman, Richard Fain, confirmed the news: “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,” he said. “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.”
Two Sunshine-class ships are also in the process of being built for Royal Caribbean.
[pictured: Allure of the Seas; courtesy Royal Caribbean]