Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with STX France to build a fifth Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship, plus two additional Edge-class ships for Celebrity Cruises.
The fifth ship in Royal Caribbean’s popular Oasis-class will join the fleet in Autumn 2021. A fourth Oasis-class vessel will launch in 2018.
“The response to the arrival of Harmony of the Seas is staggering, eliciting excitement from eager cruisers from markets on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “And Edge-class is one of the most highly anticipated new projects, following the high bar of Modern Luxury design set by its predecessor, the Solstice-class.”
In addition to the two newly-announced Edge-class vessels for Celebrity Cruises launching in Autumn 2021 and 2022, the first two Edge-class ships will debut in 2018 and 2020.
“Although our first Edge-class vessel is still over two years away from delivery, there has been a tremendous amount of interest around the new standard of style Edge-class will introduce,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “Solstice-class ushered in a new era of design for modern cruise ships, and Edge-class will not disappoint as the new generation of high style and design.”
The announcement comes days after Royal Caribbean’s latest and the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, arrived into Southampton for the first time after completion at the STX France shipyard. Harmony of the Seas will depart Southampton on Sunday 29 May for her official maiden voyage to Barcelona.