Royal Caribbean International has officially begun construction on its fifth Oasis-class ship with a steel-cutting ceremony at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The new vessel is slated for delivery in 2021.
The Oasis class is the largest class of ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet; in fact, the latest Oasis ship, the Symphony of the Seas, currently holds the record for the world’s largest cruise ship, with a capacity of 6,680 guests. The fourth ship in the Oasis class, it made its first North American port call in November in Port Canaveral, and the ship is currently homeporting out of Miami in Royal Caribbean’s new Terminal A, sailing seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises.
Royal Caribbean has not yet released design details for Oasis-class ship number five, although in the steel-cutting announcement it did say that the ship would have the customary seven-neighborhood concept of the other Oasis-class ships. Similarly, there has been no word yet on homeport information or planned itineraries.
The cruise line has also ordered a sixth Oasis-class ship from Chantiers de l’Atlantique. Royal Caribbean placed that order back in February; contingent on financing, the line’s sixth Oasis-class vessel is due for delivery in 2023. Another new ship in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Ultra class, the Odyssey of the Seas, is set to sail in fall 2020, based in the United States.