Royal Caribbean International have announced they have signed a memorandum of agreement with Meyer Turku for the construction of two new cruise ships which will be due for delivery in 2022 and 2024 respectively.
Known as Project Icon, the two new ships will both hold 5,000 passengers and will be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and will also introduce the use of fuel cell technology.
With the fuel cell technology fairly new within the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean will test it out fully on an Oasis class ship in 2017 with the expectation of using larger fuel cell initiatives on the Quantum class ships at a later date.
Richard Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd expressed his delight at the announcement,
“With Icon class, we move further in the journey to take the smoke out of our smokestacks,” said Richard Fain, “We are dedicated to innovation, continuous improvement, and environmental responsibility, and Icon gives us the opportunity to deliver against all three of these pillars.”
Michael Bayley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean International added:
“Our guests expect us to push every envelope we can,” And on this new class of ship, we began by challenging ourselves to find a new approach to power and propulsion that is safe, reliable, and more energy-efficient than ever before”
It further enhances the partnership between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Meyer Turku in which a catalogue of groundbreaking ships have been constructed within the shipyard both at Turku and Papenburg which includes the Quatum Class ships,Oasis Class ships for Royal Caribbean International and Solstice class ships for Celebrity with also Mein Schiff ships being constructed by the company too. This was delightfully expressed by Jan Meyer, the CEO of Meyer Turku.
“Our partnership with RCL has created a number of groundbreaking ship classes, such as Oasis, Celebrity Solstice, Quantum, and Mein Schiff, and we are grateful that Royal Caribbean is again giving us the opportunity to partner with them on a new class of ships,”
Meyer Turku is part of the Meyer Werft shipyard family which is run by the Meyer family and has been part of the Meyer group since 2014.
This announcement comes hot on the heels of Carnival Corporation announcing an order with Meyer Werft for three 180,000grt, 5000 passenger capacity ships, powered by LNG fuel to be built for the Carnival and P&O Cruises brands.
The new class of ships will compliment an ever increasing fleet of modern, groundbreaking cruises of which technology is at the forefront of the design process. Currently Royal Caribbean has 25 cruise ships in their fleet.
Quotes: Cruise Industry News