The French shipyard, Chantiers de l'Atlantique has cut the steel of the fifth Oasis-class ship for Royal Caribbean International.
The steel cutting marks the official start of construction for the yet to be named new vessel, which is scheduled to be delivered to the cruise line in 2021.
The first Oasis-class vessel, Oasis of the Seas was delivered to the cruise line in 2009, followed by Allure of the Seas in 2010. Both vessels were built at a shipyard in Turku, Finland.
The third, Harmony of the Seas, and fourth, Symphony of the Seas were built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and delivered in 2016 and 2018.
The most recent to be delivered, Symphony of the Seas currently holds of record for the world’s largest cruise ship. The fifth Oasis-class vessel is expected to be slightly larger and take the title at around 227,625 gross tonnes. A sixth Oasis-class vessel is expected to launch in 2023.