By the Caribbean Journal staff
Royal Caribbean is expanding its Oasis class with another huge new cruise ship, the company announced this week.
Royal has entered into an agreement with French shipcuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique for a sixth Oasis-class ship.
“It is such a pleasure to announce the order of another Oasis-class ship,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “This order is a reflection of the exceptional performance of this vessel class and the extraordinary partnership between Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.”
The as-yet-unnamed ship will be delivered in the fall of 2023, according to the agreement.
The vast Oasis-class ships have led to a wave of cruise port redevelopment in the Caribbean, as more destinations have sought to adapt their piers to accommodate the larger ships, along with Royal’s Quantum class.
“This is the twenty-third cruise ship that RCL will be building at our shipyard, and we are especially proud of it,” said Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “The order reflects the confidence our customer puts on us, based on the exceptional quality of our long-term co-operation between the two companies and on our capacity to bring innovative solutions to meet our customer’s expectations.”