Our Project Sunshine

Royal Caribbean is planning new ships, slightly larger than the Freedom class, but smaller than the Oasis class. Royal Caribbean is like Apple, and is amazing at keeping ship under wraps. So we have to guess, and this is what we think will happen.

Now if we were Royal Caribbean we would be building this new ship in the style of the Oasis class, the media and the public have fell in love with these ships. They love how amazing the split superstructure allows inside facing balconies and the feel of Central Park and the Boardwalk. So we believe that the split superstructure will be a feature, this is set to become a Royal Caribbean signature just like the Viking Crown lounge was and now the Royal Promanarde.

However due the constraints of shipbuilding at Meyer Werft we do believe that the cabins on these vessels will be rearranged, just like Viking River has done with the new Viking longships (check our previous article). The below picture shows how much space the ships have to fit through.

The codename ‘Project Sunshine’ is of interest as we think this means the vessels will, unlike the Oasis class, be suitable for use worldwide.  We’re expecting thats the ‘Central Park/Boardwalk’ area to have a glass roof, which can open and close, allowing the vessels greater flexibility. If you remember Royal Caribbean didnt stop in Southampton to show off the Oasis or Allure as the outside areas look rubish in the rain.

Meyer Werft and Royal Caribbean are expected to promote the vessels green credentials, this could mean LPG and other technologies currently envisioned in concept cruise ship EOSEAS (another previous blog). Like fleetmates Oasis and Allure the ship is expected to use solar energy.

We expect in general that the Project Sunshine ships will be slightly scaled down versions of the Oasis class, with the ability to be operated in both the Med and Caribbean. Other are however expecting the ship to be an evolved Celebrity Solstice-class ship, for which we have a picture for. (if you click on it, it gets bigger).


We hope it doesnt end up as a Solstice class ship, as I would love to see the features from Oasis and Allure in this new vessel, but until Royal Caribbean tells us we wont know!

So what are your expectations of Project Sunshine? Let us know Facebook, Twitter, Comment and Email.

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Liam

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The Oasis. The Royal. And The Halo.

On the 3rd March 2009 Royal Caribbean stock was low, in fact very low at $5 a share. This was during the construction of the worlds largest cruise ship, The Oasis of the Seas.
Now, Just over two years later the stock price has soared, despite rising fuel costs and instability during the Arab Spring. The below stock value graph can be clicked on to make it bigger.

Now while some of this can be said to be the growth and improvement of the economy as a whole, I believe a lot is based on the initial disbelief that Royal Caribbean were adding a huge vessel in a terrible economic environment. Something which I remember Richard Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean dismissing as irrelevant due to the growing nature of the cruise industry.

Also at this time Azamara Cruises where struggling to shine, with Oceania proving tough competition. Since then the Azamara product has been redefined, and that line appears to be now making its own mark, with the ships being voted highly in the recent CruiseCritic cruisers choice awards.

Many will remember that Azamara was split at last-minute from Celebrity Cruises meaning that the ship was unfinished and departed on her first cruise late.

Furthermore Celebrity was about to accept a continuous stream of new vessels, the largest they had ever ordered. All these capacity increases in troubled economic times worried investors. However the shares now stand at $34.19, a remarkable investment if anyone committed.

The buzz surrounding Oasis of the Seas was huge, the features onboard this vessel along with the news coverage of cruising during this time is likely to have filled a few cruise ships up. It was the early news coverage that encouraged my parents to book.

The size of the vessel, Central Park in the middle, the Boardwalk and the hundreds of other features on this vessel (zip wire, rock climbing, flowrider…) entertained the media who had previously only talked in such detail about Queen Mary 2, which is not the mainstream cruise experience. This vessel gave the industry a kickstart in the recession.

I think this has been good for the rest of the fleet who have benefitted from being associated with Oasis of the Seas and now Allure of the Seas. Like the iPhone & iPod for apple, Oasis & Allure have enlightened new people to the concept of cruising, and specifically that of Royal Caribbean.

Let us know what you think on Twitter & on Facebook or email

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RCI Stock – http://www.euroinvestor.co.uk/stock/overview.aspx?id=340399

Royal Caribbean – www.royalcaribbean.co.uk