Two new ships for Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced plans to build two next generation ships for its Royal Caribbean International brand, which owns the world’s biggest cruise ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.

A letter of intent was signed between Royal Caribbean Cruises and Meyer Werft that states the first ship will be delivered in the northern hemisphere autumn of 2014 and the second ship will be scheduled for launch in the northern hemisphere spring of 2015.

The 158,000-ton new builds will carry about 4,100 passengers based on double occupancy. So far, the estimated cost per berth is about A$272,000, which is the all-in cost for building the ship including everything from design, operations and architecture fees to computers, bed linen and art.

Although details about the new ships are scarce, the company’s CEO, Richard D. Fain, said the projects would take the best ideas from existing ships and add new entertainment and activity concepts.

“It will offer features for everyone: from grand, spectacular spaces to small intimate settings; from active, invigorating activities to the serenity of more personal space; and from a plethora of dining alternatives to a cornucopia of opportunities for families,” Fain said. “I am also excited about the energy efficiency and environmental technologies which have been incorporated.”

It seems Royal Caribbean International is going for the smaller design – which do you prefer, smaller or bigger cruise ships?