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.
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.