Construction work has officially started on the unnamed fourth member of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class of ships, which will become the joint largest ship in the world upon its anticipated launch in 2018. The two operating ships in the Oasis Class, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, currently share the title – but will be overshadowed by their younger sisters: the as-yet-unnamed third and fourth members of the class.
The first steel was cut this week at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire this week, kicking off years’ of engineering and construction work before the 2018 delivery. Work on the third ship in the Oasis Class fleet is well underway, with an expected delivery in summer 2016.
The two new members of the Oasis Class are expected to share a blueprint and some very impressive statistics. The two ships are expected to have capacities of almost 1,000 more passengers than the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas – capable of hosting more than 6,300 guests at any time.
It promises to be a busy few years for Royal Caribbean, with four giant cruise liners due to launch before the end of 2018. Alongside the two new members of the Oasis Class, the Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas will be added to the Quantum Class this April and mid 2016 respectively. The upcoming ships will represent four of the fleet’s seven largest ships in operation. In total it will take the fleet to 25 ships, with the Majesty of the Seas due to move to Pullmantur Cruises in 2016.
Details about the homeports and itineraries of the new Oasis Class ships are being closely guarded by Royal Caribbean, but Cruise1st will keep you informed as soon as we learn anything new.
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