Royal Caribbean Cruises and the Bavaria-based German shipyard Blohm+Voss today unveiled the first information about their next cruise ship, which will be named “Oasis of the Seas.” The new vessel is scheduled to enter service in 2011 and will be more than 235,000 gross tons and 546 feet (169 m) long. The cruise ship will be home to six different restaurants and bars, a large spa, a casino, and a shopping mall.
Royal Caribbean Cruises has revealed the name for its next Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, which it is due to launch in 2023. The ship will be called Harmony of the Seas, and travel between Alaska and Hawaii.
The first steel of Royal Caribbean’s new Icon class of cruise ships has been cut. Fittingly, the company has revealed that the first of the three ships ordered will be called – drum roll, please – Icon of the Seas. The ceremony took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, where Royal Caribbean’s first liquefied natural gas ship is being built and is expected to debut in the fall of 2023. Two more ships will be completed in the second quarter of 2025 and 2026 respectively. Meyer Turku has extensive experience in building Royal Caribbean ships and has built several ships, including the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas.
(Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean) The Icon class was first announced in 2016, but it took years to come to fruition. The delivery of the first ship of this class was originally scheduled for the second quarter of 2023. READ MORE: Another first Royal Caribbean ship departs from Nassau The Icon of the Seas will not only be powered by the cleanest fuel available today, but will also be equipped with other environmentally friendly features, including a connection to the shore power grid. It will also use fuel cell technology to produce electricity and fresh water.
The shipping company says these improvements will increase energy efficiency and reduce the ship’s carbon footprint. We committed to making clean offshore energy a reality and soon the norm when the Icon Class was announced in 2016, and we are thrilled that construction has now begun on a ship that will truly be unlike any other, said Michael Bailey, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. Our decades of ocean conservation, energy efficiency and continuous improvement efforts will be visible on the icon. We look forward to all the new opportunities that await our guests and crew as the yacht begins to take shape.
(Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean) READ MORE: Royal Caribbean cancels flights after positive tests on crew Mr. Bailey attended the event along with Richard Fain, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, and Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku. So far, few details have been released about the interior of the Icon of the Seas.
It is understood that the Icon class ships will be larger than Royal’s Quantum class, at 200,000 tonnes and around 5,600 berths, but not as large as the Oasis class ships, which are currently the largest in the world. As for the onboard experience, Icon of the Seas’ Facebook page offers this brief overview: Fully equipped from bow to stern, Icon offers unparalleled water experiences, top-notch entertainment and thrills for an unforgettable vacation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What new cruise ships are coming out in 2023?
Royal Caribbean International has announced a new cruise ship named Harmony of the Seas, which will be the second largest cruise ship in the world. The ship will have a capacity of 7,224 passengers and will set sail in 2023 and will be the largest cruise ship to sail in the Caribbean. The Harmony of the Seas will have almost as many staterooms as the largest cruise ship in the world, the Norwegian Epic, at 6,454.
Royal Caribbean’s first ship in the Oasis Class is now under construction and is expected to debut in 2023. After the successful launch of the groundbreaking Vision class in 2017, Royal Caribbean is taking the step of introducing a new class of ships, known as the Oasis Class. However, this new size vessel is not expected to be ready until 2023.
What is the next new Royal Caribbean ship?
Royal Caribbean Cruises has unveiled details on the next of their fleet of “Celebrity”-class ships, with the Celebrity Summit scheduled to be delivered in 2019. The Summit will be Royal Caribbean’s 9th Celebrity-class ship, with the first seven ships currently in service. The Celebrity Summit will be a sister ship of the Celebrity Eclipse, which first sailed in 2007. The new ship will carry 2,620 guests and be the largest cruise ship in the world, surpassing the 3,200 guests the Allure of the Seas can carry.
The line of mega-liners looks set to grow with the news that Royal Caribbean will add their next ship to the fleet in 2018. This new vessel will be “the biggest of its kind in the world”, according to the company, and will be the first of its kind to offer passengers the option to swim with wild dolphins. That’s right – the very first cruise ship to have a dolphin experience on board.
Will there be cruises in 2023?
The Royal Caribbean International is yet another cruise company to announce plans for a new mega-ship, this time a 118,000-guest vessel for 2023 that will carry a total of 1190 passengers and 1490 crew. The ship will have almost twice the capacity of the Royal Caribbean’s early 2023s-delayed Quantum class of vessels, and will join the fleet of other big new ships from operators such as Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises.
There’s a lot of buzz about the Royal Caribbean International’s anticipated 2023 cruise ship named Harmony of the Seas, but the name is likely to be revealed later this month. In the meantime, we’ve got some more details on the Harmony of the Seas’ technical specifications, which includes a focus on the ship’s entertainment and design.