Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Will Build Second Sunshine-Class Ship


Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany // Photo by Susan J. Young

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) said it has exercised its option to build a second so-called "Sunshine-class" cruise ship to be delivered in the Spring 2015. The 158,000-ton vessel will sail for the Royal Caribbean International brand.

A company statement gave little detail on terms and features, simply saying: "The ship will be built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft on substantially the same terms as the first Sunshine ship."

The Sunshine-class is a totally new class of 4,200-passenger ship for Royal Caribbean International. It's smaller than the line's two Oasis-class ships but still a very large ship.

Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., parent company of Royal Caribbean International as well as Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, said that the decision to build the second Sunshine-class ship "confirms our continued confidence in the success of this new generation of ships and our strong conviction about the Royal Caribbean International brand."