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article imageFrench shipyard lands order for world’s largest cruise ship

By Robert Myles     Jan 14, 2013 in Travel
Saint-nazaire - STX Europe shipyards, at Saint Nazaire on France’s Atlantic coast, and leading cruise company, Miami based Royal Caribbean Cruises, recently signed an agreement which will see the world’s largest cruise ship being built at the French shipyard.
Between Christmas and New Year, France's leading shipyard, South Korean owned STX Europe, at Saint Nazaire on the mouth of the river Loire on France's Atlantic coast and cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises concluded a deal for construction of what will be the world's largest ocean liner.
The ship, scheduled for delivery in mid-2016, will be the third of cruise line Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class vessels after Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. The order will provide much needed job security for the foreseeable future for shipyard workers in Saint Nazaire during a period of difficult trading conditions. There is also the prospect of a second large cruise ship being built at the same yard since the agreement with Royal Caribbean has an option to deliver another Oasis-class ship in 2018 at same price, reports Yahoo Finance.
A modern-day Titanic
With a length of 361 metres (1184 feet), a beam of 66 metres (216 feet) and a height of 72 metres (236 feet) above the waterline, the new ocean liner will be the largest cruise ship ever constructed in France. It will join sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas as part of Royal Caribbean's cruising fleet of ocean going behemoths. These ships span 16 decks and weigh in at over 225,000 gross registered tons. Each has a displacement of around 100,000 metric tons, slightly less than that of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. When cruising they can carry up to 5,400 passengers in double occupancy in 2,700 staterooms.
The decision to award the estimated one billion euro contract to STX in Saint Nazaire represents a departure for Royal Caribbean. The original two Oasis class cruise ships were constructed at another major STX shipyard in Turku, Finland reports Cruis1st website.
Design work on Royal Caribbean's new cruise ship is scheduled to start this month with construction at STX' Saint Nazaire shipyard due to start in September 2013, reports Cruise Business Review.
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