From the time a new ship is just an idea on paper, the Program Manager acts as the project’s Captain, steering the construction throughout all of its milestones. Meet Denise Key-Tielebein, Program Manager for the Oasis class of ships and learn about her interesting journey from the US Army to Royal Caribbean.
Icon of the Seas Construction Update: A Sphere of Activity is Underway
May 2022 – Construction on Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas is underway in Turku, Finland, and one of the revolutionary ship’s state-of-the-art elements is on the move again. Watch as the unnamed, 175-metric-ton sphere – first seen in December 2021 – is lifted onto the ship after four days of preparation and a day-long transfer by barge. Currently 46 feet (14 metres) tall and 50 feet (15.3 metres) in diameter, the structure is now wrapped in protective material and ready for its next phase of construction. The cruise line’s next highly anticipated ship, Icon is set to debut in fall 2023 with a lineup of firsts and signature favorites that will set a new standard for vacations.
August 2021 – Take a look at the latest update on the construction of Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, in Saint-Nazaire, France at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard. Wonder will be the fifth ship in Royal Caribbean’s game-changing Oasis Class when it debuts in March 2022, building on the signature features and experiences the unmatched ships have touted since first revolutionizing the cruise industry more than a decade ago. Families and travelers of all ages can look forward to favorites and new adventures, including the eight renowned neighborhoods, the Ultimate Family Suite, complete with an in-room slide and more; immersive, interactive spaces dedicated to kids and teens; the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea; and Italian trattoria Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.
Oasis Class Ship to Bring New Adventures in March 2022
April 2021* – Setting sail in March 2022, Wonder of the Seas will debut in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before heading to Barcelona and Rome to cruise the Mediterranean. Hear from the experts as they share a glimpse of the journey in designing and constructing the world’s largest cruise ship. The fifth Oasis Class ship will be the first of its kind to feature eight distinct neighborhoods for travelers of all ages, including the new Suite Neighborhood alongside returning signature favorites Central Park, Boardwalk, Pool & Sports Zone, Youth Zone, Entertainment Place, Vitality Spa & Fitness Center and the Royal Promenade. *Updated September 2021