With one new ship on the way, Royal Caribbean has decided to make it a twofer.
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. expects delivery of what they're calling a Sunshine-class cruise ship in Fall 2014 after construction at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenberg, Germany, the same shipyard that just finished construction on the new Disney Fantasy.
The company announced today that it would exercise the option to build a sister ship for delivery in spring 2015.
"This confirms our continued confidence in the success of this new generation of ships and our strong conviction about the Royal Caribbean International brand," said company chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain.
Dubbed Project Sunshine, the new Royal Caribbean vessels will be smaller than the line's previous two vessels, the 5,400-passenger, 220,000 gross ton Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.
The yet-to-be-named cruise ships, at an estimated cost of $940 million each, will be 4,100-passenger, 158,000 gross ton vessels. That's similar to size in the line's Freedom-class ships, but with a much higher passenger count. The Freedom of the Seas, a 160,000-ton ship has a regular capacity is 3,634.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun