By Rebecca Tobin
MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean Cruises placed its order for what will
become the largest cruise ship in the world.
The Ultra Voyager will be 160,000-plus tons and carry 3,600
passengers in lower berths, which makes it 15% larger or, in RCCL's
words, "an even larger model" of the world's largest ship class,
the Voyager series.
The Ultra Voyager will be built by Kvaerner Masa-Yards in
Finland and will be delivered in May 2006.
The line estimated ship costs at just more than $200,000 per
Meanwhile, the Ultra could be the first of at least two: the
yard also granted the company an option for a second Ultra Voyager,
with delivery in 2007.
In other developments, the Jewel of the Seas will be RCCL's
final 2,110-passenger Radiance-class ship -- at least for now --
when it is delivered in 2004.
RCCL said it will not exercise its two long-standing options for
fifth and sixth Radiance-class ships.