Royal Caribbean have ordered a new Oasis Class ship from the shipbuilding company STX France.
STX France, who recently won the bid, have 150 years experience in building various different types of vessels. Recently, the company built the Queen Mary 2 in 2002, and this new luxury Oasis Class ship for Royal Caribbean is scheduled for delivery in mid-2016. The project will begin construction in September 2013, with plans being drawn up at the start of the New Year.
It was widely assumed and speculated that the order for the new Oasis Class ship would go to STX Finland, who previously built the Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas for Royal Caribbean. But in the end it was STX France who made the successful bid. STX Finland are reported to be disappointed at the outcome as once they have finished their current order for Viking River Cruises, they have little else on the table. Jan Varpaavuori, the Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, spoke at a press conference about why Finland had decided not to bankroll the ship order. This decision is credited as losing the bid, as STX Finland was unable to secure sufficient financing. Varpaavuori stressed that the government had done all it could to achieve the bid and he added that Finland will be approaching the European Union to make sure that STX France was operating within EU rules
STX France is understandably delighted with the outcome of the bid. The Oasis Class ships are the largest in the world and can hold 5,400 passengers and represent very large orders. Indeed, the deal to construct the new ship for Royal Caribbean is reported to be worth over one billion euros and will constitute over 10 million hours of work. This is certain to give a boost to the ailing French economy. The French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault noted that it will give ‘hope’ for French industry as a whole. There is also a one-year option that STX France will construct another Oasis class vessel for Royal Caribbean if the company chooses to go for this. This second ship would be ready for mid-2018.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected by Royal Caribbean International to build this third unit…The ship is a real exception in the cruise world as it is highly innovative and spectacular.”
— STX France Managing Director Laurent Castaing.
About Royal Caribbean Oasis Class
With the addition of another very large cruise ship Royal Caribbean is further cementing its reputation as a globally recognised brand. The Oasis Class ships are the biggest in its fleet and have a wide range of spectacular features, including the amazing Boardwalk, an AquaTheater with high diving acrobatic shows, and other attractions and entertainments such as a casino, rock climbing, zip wires and much more. With luxurious accommodation, numerous dining and drinking venues, and beautiful shore excursions, the Oasis class ships deliver a unique holiday experience.