RCCL Orders A Sister For Harmony & 2 Edge Class Ships For Celebrity
Just days after the launch of Harmony of the Seas, current titleholder as the biggest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has placed an order for a sister ship to be delivered in 2021.
The newbuild will be the 5th Oasis class ship for the company. But RCCL wasn’t done. It also placed orders for 2 Edge Class ships for Celebrity Cruises, doubling the size of that ship class - which has yet to hit the water.
The 1st 2 Edge class ships, described as offering "small ship itineraries with large ship amenities" are scheduled to debut in 2018 and 2020. The new orders will follow in 2021 and 2022. Edge class ships will be smaller than the line's Solstice Class but larger than Celebrity’s Millennial Class.
In a statement, the Presidents of both line's shared their thoughts on the expansion.
Referring to the recent delivery of Harmony, Royal Caribbean President & CEO Michael Bayley said the warm reception of the vessel "is evidence that growing this class of ship will continue to drive exceptional performance for the brand."
For her part, Celebrity Cruises President Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said there has been "a tremendous amount of interest around the new standard of style Edge class will introduce."
A 4th Oasis class ship is scheduled to launch in spring 2018. Like Harmony of the Seas, it will carry 5,479 pax (slightly more than Oasis and Allure) and feature a mix of Oasis-class and Quantum-class features.
All 3 new ships will be built at Saint-Nazaire's STX shipyard, where Royal Caribbean's 4th Oasis class ship and Celebrity's 2 Edge class ships are being built. Deployment, ship names and more details of what pax can expect onboard have not yet been released.