|Juha Heikinheimo, President, STX Finland and Richard Fain, Chairman and |
CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. at the delivery of Allure of the Seas
Photo Courtesy Royal Caribbean International
What's it like to sign a piece of paper authorizing the payment of One Billion USD (that's with a "B")? Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD., Richard Fain, can tell you.
In an official closing ceremony there were only two documents signed of the hundreds that were done behind the scenes. In his blog post, She’s Ours!, he indicated that it was both anti-climatic and an awesome responsibility:
sophisticated ships in the world for a reason. They also are the culmination of more than 40
years of product development cooperation between the cruise line, the shipyard and the
maritime cluster. The Oasis class vessels are 361 metres in length, and their cross tonnage is
225,000. The Allure of the Seas can accommodate 6,360 passengers at maximum. In
comparison, the Song of Norway delivered to the same customer in 1970 was 168 metres long
with a gross tonnage of 18,400; in other words, the Allure of the Seas is some 12 times as
The building contract was signed on 2 April 2007, and production was launched on 4 February
2008. The keel laying of the Allure of the Seas started on 2 December 2008, and the vessel was
launched for the first time on 20 November 2009.
At closing time, there were only 230 comments outstanding on the Allure contrasted to 6,000 at the same time for the Oasis. STX Finland should be quite proud of their accomplishments with both vessels. Millions of man hours later, we have the second Oasis-class ship delivered on-time and with fewer outstanding items remaining to be corrected.
Allure of the Seas is officially a part of the Royal Caribbean fleet, following months of construction and preparation this is a moment marked with celebration!
Allure of the Seas is currently sailing the Atlantic Ocean on its way to the home port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.