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Royal Caribbean Cruises orders fifth mega-ship, two Celebrity Cruises ships

The world's largest passenger cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, docks on arrival in Southampton, England, on May 17.
The world's largest passenger cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, docks on arrival in Southampton, England, on May 17. AP

Earlier this month, Royal Caribbean Cruises delivered the largest cruise ship in the world, 6,780-passenger Harmony of the Seas, and the company is showing no signs of slowing down.

On Thursday, the Miami-based cruise company announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with French shipyard STX France for a fifth Oasis-class mega-ship to be delivered in spring 2021.

The cruise company, which is also the parent company of premium cruise line Celebrity Cruises, also signed up for two additional Edge-class ships, Celebrity’s new class. The Edge-class ships are scheduled for delivery in fall 2021 and fall 2022.

Oasis is the class that has spawned the world’s largest vessels, starting with Oasis of the Seas in 2009. Latest delivery Harmony of the Seas is only about a foot longer than sisters Oasis and Allure of the Seas but features some Royal Caribbean International firsts, such as Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea. Harmony of the Seas will sail from Fort Lauderdale beginning in November.

Celebrity Cruises’ Edge class already has two 2,900- passenger ships on order — for delivery in fall 2018 and early 2020 — from the same shipyard. The ships will be smaller than the line’s Solstice class but larger than its Millennium class of ships.

Final contracts for the ships are expected to be completed within the quarter.

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