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In Focus: China

China is getting the fifth Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the Seas

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Michael Bayley announced the big news for China during his remarks at Seatrada Cruise Asia Paxific PHOTO: Mary Bond
China is getting its first Oasis-class ship, Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley revealed today at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific in Baoshan, Shanghai.

Shanghai debut

Oasis 5, to be called Wonder of the Seas, is going to debut in Shanghai in mid-2021. This underscores Royal Caribbean's commitment to the China market and makes a big statement: That the market is ready for the world's largest class of cruise ship.

Keel-laying at Saint-Nazaire

The 227,000gt vessel is being built at Chantiers de l’Atlantique, where the keel for the vessel was laid today. The 970-ton block was lowered into place by a 1,400-ton crane.

Follows Quantum Ultra Spectrum of the Seas

Before this, China got the first Quantum Ultra newbuild, Spectrum of the Seas, which debuted earlier this year in Shanghai as Asia's largest cruise ship.

Wonder of the Seas continues the even bigger Oasis series, whose last introduction was 2018’s Symphony of the Seas. Royal Caribbean has said Oasis 5 will have the same seven-neighborhood concept, thrilling experiences, imaginative dining, exciting entertainment and the latest technology.

Before Symphony came Harmony of the Seas in 2016. The first two Oasis ships were built in Finland: Oasis of the Seas in 2009 and Allure of the Seas in 2010.

Earlier this year, Royal Caribbean entered into an agreement with Chantiers de l’Atlantique for a sixth Oasis-class ship, to be delivered in fall 2023.

Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific

Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific is taking place through Friday.