Oasis of the Seas Named!

Rumours of Royal Caribbean’s Project Genesis ships being named Genesis of the Seas can finally be quashed. The brand new Oasis class from Royal Caribbean has two new ships on the way. Oasis of the Seas is the name of the first, due in 2009, and the second will be called Allure of the Seas, due in 2010.

Oasis of the Seas render from Royal Caribbean

Following a ship naming competition from Royal Caribbean, the name Oasis of the Seas was chosen from some 91,000 entries, which have flooded in since January 18th. This is apparently the first time that the public have been selected to choose a cruise ship name.

The lucky winner of the name-selecting contest was George Weiser of Michigan. He submitted both Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas in his entry and they were each deemed excellent enough to be ship titles. However, Jennifer Conley of Robertsville Missouri also suggested Allure of the Seas, making her a joint winner in the competition.

The Oasis class is set to be the home for the world’s largest cruise ships. Oasis of the Seas itself will launch in 2009 and will become the largest cruise ship in the world, offering 16 decks, 220,000 gross registered tons, room for 5,400 guests, and an incredible 2,700 staterooms.

At some point in 2010, Allure of the Seas will join Oasis of the Seas in this incredible new Oasis class.

More info and images at http://www.iglucruise.com/oasis-of-the-seas

Update: Oasis of the Seas will go on sale from September 2008.

Project Genesis Crashes the Ventura Party

Update! Project Genesis has now been named the Oasis Class. Read about the Oasis of the Seas announcement.

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If it wasn’t enough that P&O’s Ventura launch was constantly being overshadowed by the forthcoming Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean have decided to rub the dirt in a little bit more. Flaunting their big ship madness more than ever, the cruise line crash landed yesterday’s Ventura launch party with the announcement of their new, highly anticipated Project Genesis.

Project Genesis | Royal Caribbean

The new Genesis ship is due in late 2009 and will be, by some margin, the largest cruise ship in the world. This isn’t just an addition to a current class, as Independence of the Seas was, this is a new fully-fledged class that aims to place Royal Caribbean up and beyond the competition and surpassing their own Freedom class. The big talking point of the new ship is their ‘Central Park’, an indoor park featuring all the trees, flowers and benches you’d expect, giving the interior the appearance of an exterior. This allows for a whole new set of cabin balconies over-looking the greenery.

Central Park is going to be the length of a football field and amazingly will feature a town square that leads off to various restaurants and bars, including the Rising Tide Bar which is set to be the first moving bar at sea, moving up and down over three decks. Yet this is just one of several ‘neighbourhoods’ throughout the ship, the others of which are yet to be announced, perhaps suggesting that their are many more exciting things to discover onboard. Carrying some 5,400 passengers, it really will be huge. It does seem like Royal Caribbean are aiming for not just bigger, but better with Project Genesis.

Said to be costing around $1.2 billion, it will make it not just the world’s largest cruise ship, but also the world’s most expensive cruise ship. A sister ship for Project Genesis is also in the making and expected in 2010. While neither have yet been named, the official naming ceremonies of the ships is due to take place in May 2008.