ETW Staff – Mumbai
Royal Caribbean International cut the first piece of steel for its third Oasis-class ship, marking the first construction milestone for a vessel that at approximately 227,700 Gross Register Tonnage (GRT), will be the world’s largest and innovative cruise ship. The ship will be built at STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The cruise line’s third Oasis-class ship is expected to be delivered in mid-2016.
Commenting on the occasion, Ratna Chadha, CEO, TIRUN Travel Marketing – India Representative of Royal Caribbean International, said, “The Oasis-class ships have taken the WOW deliverables of Royal Caribbean International to a whole new level. We are extremely delighted to offer a third Oasis-class ship to our Indian travellers which will yet again bring some incredible first at-sea innovations.”
The third Oasis joins sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, featuring a revolutionary design with a split superstructure and the cruise line’s neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas. At 225,282 GRT and spanning 16 decks with 2,700 staterooms, the Oasis class ships also introduced extraordinary “firsts” at sea such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, the Aqua Theater high-diving performance venue, and the Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants.
The Oasis class also offers amenities that can be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin Flow Rider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H2O Zone kids aqua-park, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly to the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.