Royal Caribbean plans new generation of cruise liners
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has signed a letter of intent with German shipyard, Meyer Werft, to build the first of a new generation of liners. Developed under the code-name ‘Project Sunshine’, the order calls for one ship to be delivered in autumn 2014 with an option for a second ship in spring 2015. The 158,000-tonne new build will be able to carry more than 4,100 guests based on double occupancy. The estimated all-in cost per berth was reported to be approximately EUR170,000 (US$230,500), which would bring the total cost to almost EUR350 million, including the yard’s base contract price plus everything needed to design, operate and build the vessel, from architect fees to supervision costs and all loose inventories from computers to art and bed linens.
“Royal Caribbean has worked hard to earn a reputation of offering the most innovative ships in the cruise industry and this next generation will not disappoint,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman & CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. “While we continue our policy of keeping our newest ideas and features under wraps during the early stages of construction, I can say that I am very excited about the passion and imagination that our teams have devoted to the project. Project Sunshine builds on the best ideas of our existing ships and adds exciting new activities and entertainment concepts. It will offer features for everyone: from grand, spectacular spaces to small intimate settings; from active, invigorating activities to the serenity of more personal space; and from a plethora of dining alternatives to a cornucopia of opportunities for families. I am also excited about the energy efficiency and environmental technologies which have been incorporated. Our existing ships are some of the most energy efficient in the world and Project Sunshine takes this one further step. Based on our over 20 years of experience with Meyer Werft, along with their compelling proposal, we know they will deliver on all of the innovations Royal Caribbean’s guests have come to expect.”
Bernard Meyer, Managing Partner of Papenberg-based Meyer Werft, added; “Meyer Werft is pleased to be working with Royal Caribbean especially in light of their reputation for building such innovative ships. I am very happy we are continuing our long time partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and its brand Royal Caribbean International. Their projects always present incredible opportunities for Meyer Werft to create the latest cutting edge hardware in the cruise industry.”
Royal Caribbean currently operates six classes of cruise ship, including the recently-launched Oasis class, which comprises the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.