Royal Caribbean Orders Largest Ship Ever

Ana Figueroa Royal Caribbean International has ordered a new ship that will overtake even its forthcoming Freedom of the Seas in size. The new 220,000-ton, 5,400-passenger ship is being developed under the project name Genesis at the Aker Yards in Finland. Scheduled for delivery in fall 2009, the Genesis

By: Ana Figueroa

Royal Caribbean International has ordered a new ship that will overtake even its forthcoming Freedom of the Seas in size. The new 220,000-ton, 5,400-passenger ship is being developed under the project name Genesis at the Aker Yards in Finland. Scheduled for delivery in fall 2009, the Genesis vessel will measure 1,180 feet long, 154 feet wide and 240 feet high. Its energy-efficient design will boast a modified hull, plus innovative air conditioning, water production and treatment systems.

The overall cost of the ship will be approximately $230,000 per berth, which is comparable to the cost of the line’s Freedom-class ships. Royal Caribbean also has an option for a second Genesis vessel.

“Project Genesis truly is a remarkable ship. Its bold design, daring innovations and technological advancements will delight our existing cruisers and help us draw in new ones,” said Royal Caribbean chairman and CEO Richard Fain.

Royal Caribbean currently has three new builds under construction at the Aker Yards. The first to be completed is Freedom of the Seas, which debuts this June. At 158,000-ton, 3,600-passengers, she will be the world’s largest cruise ship. Freedom of the Seas sets sail in June, offering Caribbean itineraries.

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