(2:02 p.m.) -- Royal Caribbean International kicked off the building of the world's largest cruise ship today with a steel cutting ceremony at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of the line's parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Royal Caribbean president and CEO Adam Goldstein and STX France CEO Laurent Castaing attended the event.
At 227,000-gross tons, the ship, which will be the third in the line's Oasis-class, will be larger than its sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which are 225,282-gross tons. The as-yet-unnamed ship is scheduled for delivery in mid-2016. Royal Caribbean has an option with STX France for a fourth Oasis-class ship to be delivered in mid-2018, but has not exercised the option yet.