The Harmony of the Seas departs the STX Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Photo credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique for the construction a sixth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2023.
“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.”
At around 230,000 gross tonnes, the Oasis-class ships are the largest cruise ships in the world.
The order for Oasis 6 is contingent upon financing, which is expected to be completed in the second or third quarter of this year.
Delivery of the vessel planned for the fall of 2023.
“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.”
Chantiers de l’Atlantique (formerly STX France) previously constructed the third and fourth Oasis-class ships for Royal Caribbean, including Harmony of the Seas (delivered in 2016) and Symphony of the Seas (delivered in 2018). Chantiers de l’Atlantique is also constructing Oasis 5 with delivery planned for 2021.
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