Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has signed an agreement to build three new ships. One will be a fifth Oasis class ship for Royal Caribbean and two will be third and fourth Edge class ships for Celebrity.
The news follows the launch of Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship in the world at 227,000 tons and a capacity of 5,479 guests. A fourth Oasis-class ship was planned and is currently under construction at the shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. Already the third is slightly larger than the first Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, and by the time the fifth comes along, it could very well be larger still. The fourth is planned for delivery in spring 2018, and the fifth is pending for spring 2021.
"The response to the arrival of Harmony of the Seas is staggering, eliciting excitement from eager cruisers from markets on both sides of the Atlantic," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International added, “The Oasis-class ships have delivered beyond expectations each time. Harmony of the Seas' warm reception is evidence that growing this class of ship will continue to drive exceptional performance for the brand.”
Additionally, Celebrity Cruises now has a total of four Edge-class new-builds on its horizon – two for sure planned for fall 2018 and early 2020 and now another two potentially for fall 2021 and fall 2022. Few details have been released about these new ships beyond that they will be sized between the line’s existing Millennium-class and Solstice-class, at 117,000 tons and 2,900 guests each.