Royal Caribbean Cruises is on a roll and going full steam ahead as far as their ground breaking Oasis class of ships is concerned. On May 9, Richard D Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Adam Goldstein, President and Chief Operating Officer made the announcement of the fourth planned ship order at the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Royal Caribbean has always believed in pushing limits when it comes to designing ships for their guests. When launched in 2009, the Oasis Class of ships was seen as a revolution in maritime design, and even today the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas continue to be unique in terms of innovation and guest satisfaction. At the keel-laying ceremony Richard D. Fain, said “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.”
The Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas took the cruising world by storm in 2009 and 2010 respectively with the introduction of many firsts-at-sea innovations like the zip-line, carousel, the Aqua Theater and the Central Park with over 12,000 real plants and trees. The Oasis class of ships also ushered in the concept of neighborhoods on board as well as the elevating Rising Tide bar. The earlier two ships of the Oasis class are known to be the most energy efficient cruise ships in the world and it is projected that the third and fourth ships will better it by 20% and more.
STX shipyard, France is slated to deliver the third Oasis class ship to Royal Caribbean Cruises in spring 2016, and going forward the fourth one in 2018.