In swimmingly good news for the ailing French shipping industry, Royal Caribbean International has announced that it has commissioned the STX France shipyard at Saint-Nazaire to build a sister ship to add to its fleet of luxury cruise liners. The contract is said to be worth more than S$1.6 billion, and will amount to more than 10 million hours in work over the next three years for the French shipyard and its subcontractors.
The new cruise liner, to be delivered in mid-2016, will be the third in Royal Caribbean International’s line-up of top-end ships, which include the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas. The two existing Oasis-class liners are the largest in the world, with 16 decks and a capacity of 5,400 passengers each. A whole suite of entertainment and leisure options abound, and include pools with wave machines, rock climbing walls and ice-skating rinks.
As for the new ship in the pipeline, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said it was a sign of a recovery in his country’s industrial sector: “France is showing its capacity to win the battle for the recovery of its industry and exports, and [this deal demonstrates] the excellence of French know-how in naval construction.”
Royal Caribbean International