2.12.2008: STX Europe laid keel of Allure of the Seas

The keel of Allure of the Seas, the second in the series of two of the world's largest cruise ships was laid today at the Turku yards of STX Europe. The keel laying ceremony marked the placement of the very first block of Allure of the Seas in the dry dock where the ship will begin to take shape. The event also included the coin laying ceremony, with representatives of the owner, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the Builder, STX Europe placing the lucky coins under the keel, the tradition for bringing luck and also symbolising the keen cooperation between the owner and the yard.

The "keelblock" of this size of the vessel weighs several hundreds of tons. Building of this big challenge has been compared to a huge 3-dimensional puzzle. One vessel consists of 180 grand blocks, the biggest with a size of length 22 m, width 30 m and weight 600 tons! The vessel s weight is 12 times the weight of the Eiffel tower.

STX Europe in Turku has in its orderbook two huge luxury cruise vessels of the Oasis-class to be delivered for Royal Caribbean in 2009 and 2010. Behemoth, leviathan, colossal, overwhelming are words that have been used to describe these giants; and the truth is they will be the world s largest cruise vessels taking an enormous step into the future with their bold design, daring innovation and technological advancements.

The vessels called Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will be 47 metres wide and 360 metres long, i.e. 40 m longer than the height of the Eiffel tower! Height over the water line will be 65 m.

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