January 10, 2003
Royal Caribbean is deferring options to build its fifth and sixth Radiance-class ships. The options were due to have expired today. The ships were originally slated for delivery in 2005 and 2006. Currently, Royal Caribbean's "Radiance" style includes the original Radiance of the Seas, launched in 2001, and Brilliance of the Seas, which was inaugurated last summer. Serenade of the Seas, the newest model, is anticipated for a debut this autumn. A fourth Radiance-class ship is scheduled for delivery in 2004. The options extension gives Royal Caribbean until September 19 to make a final decision.