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Royal Caribbean: New Ship?

Royal Caribbean Cruises is believed to be on the verge of agreeing plans for a new ship following the successful launches of Oasis and Allure in 2009 and 2010.

Royal Caribbean’s Chairman and CEO, Richard Fain, was speaking at a conference to investors when he announced that that it is now the right time for Royal Caribbean to begin working on the design of a new cruise ship, commenting that “we have been considering our next new building project and we feel the time may now be right for such a move”.

At this point, it is not thought that the new vessel will be a continuation in size of the mega-ship structures of Oasis and Allure and instead will incorporate the cruise line’s “latest learning’s about efficiency and guest amenities”, before hinting that this new ship may herald the beginning of a new class for Royal Caribbean: “Our tendency in the past has been to build a series of ships, and while nothing is final that is probably the direction we would go in here”.

Fain also announced that Royal Caribbean are currently focusing on re-fitting a selection of older ships with elements and features that previously only existed on Oasis and Allure. So far the first ships in line for these renovations are Radiance of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Cruises 2011