Royal Caribbean Begins Construction on 4th Oasis-Class Ship

By ,   February 4, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry
Construction on RCI's fourth Oasis-class ship began officially on February 3, 2015 when the first steel was cut at STX France shipyard (Saint-Nazaire, France).
The two currently sailing Oasis-class ships, Allure and Oasis of the Seas, share the title of largest cruise ship in the world. Both of the upcoming in 2016 and 2018 yet-unnamed newbuilds of Royal Caribbean will be constructed on the same blueprint, measuring 225,282 GT, and holding 2,700 cabins.
In 2009 RCI introduced the Oasis of the Seas and the Oasis class took cruise industry by storm. It features a revolutionary design and split superstructure holding 7 distinct themed areas. On 16 decks the Oasis-class ships introduced extraordinary “first-at-sea” amenities, such as the 82-feet zip line, the Rising Tide bar, a handcrafted carousel, the high-diving performance venue called AquaTheater, and the Central Park sheltering more than 12,000 live plants and trees. The Oasis class also boasts Royal Caribbean-only WOWs, such as an ice-skating rink, cantilevered whirlpools, twin FlowRider surf simulators, H2O Zone kids aqua park, and Royal Promenade (interior boulevard stretching nearly the length of the vessel and including boutiques, lounges and restaurants).
Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas sail every Saturday and Sunday on 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale FL. During Royal Caribbean’s 2015 first full Oasis-class season in Europe, the Allure will be homeported at Barcelona, Spain.
Royal Caribbean is a 45-year global cruise brand featuring an expansive array of amenities only found on RCI. The line sails 22 of the most innovative cruise ships in the world to the most popular destinations. Renowned for its friendly Gold Anchor Service, Royal Caribbean International has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards for 12 consecutive years.