Royal Caribbean starts building next world’s largest cruise ship

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Royal Caribbean has cut steel on the fifth Oasis-class cruise ship that will take the title of world’s largest when it debuts in 2021.

The yet-to-be-named ship will be a sister ship to the current title holder, Symphony of the Seas, which debuted in 2018.

That one comes in at 228,081 gross tons, 1,188 feet long and has a maximum capacity of 6,680 guests with 2,200 crew. At double capacity, though, the guest count is 5,518 from 2,759 staterooms.

Each Oasis-class ship is slightly larger than the previous. Symphony of the Seas nudged out 2016’s Harmony of the Seas for the title of world’s largest. Harmony took the title from 2009’s Allure of the Seas, and Allure took it from original Oasis of the Seas, which debuted in 2008.

Royal Caribbean International chief executive Michael Bayley said previously that this fifth ship in the family would continue to follow suit, being a little bit larger than its four existing sisters.

The steel-cutting ceremony, marking the official beginning of ship construction, took place last week at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

A sixth Oasis-class ship is slated to be built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique as well for a debut in 2023.

Just like the other Oasis-class ships, this new one will feature the seven distinct neighborhoods such as the Central Park, the open-air green space in the middle of the ship. The latest two Oasis-class ships feature a 10-deck dry slide, The Ultimate Abyss, as well as the Perfect Storm water park.

The cruise line currently sails 26 ships.

(Source: The Dallas Morning News)

Sea News, April 30