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STX Europe laid keel of large cruise vessel

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 inTurku 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.

Allure of the Seas will be like a floating resort with seven neighbourhoods -  themed areas offering experiences for passengers of all ages: the Promenade, a shopping mall with boutiques and restaurants, Boardwalk with the first amfi theatre at sea, Vitality Spa, Pool & Sports Zone with water park activities, Youth Zone with playing possibilities from babies to teens, Entertainment Place with casino and dance hall. And the Central Park with a revolutionary design in which the centre of the ship opens to the sky. With the length of a soccer field, some 110 metres and a width of 19 metres the park will have growing lawn, trees and other vegetation. Sun will be shining to this unique open outdoor space surrounded with restaurants, shops and cafés. Of all the neighbourhoods more info and illustrations can be found at

Illustrations can be found in - Media Centre - Download Centre -  ID: stxeurope, Password: finland, and

For further information, please contact:
Martin Landtman, President, phone +358 50 577 03901
Toivo Ilvonen, Project Director of the Oasis class, phone +358 400 525 438
Sinikka Railo, VP Communications, phone +358 40 512 0253

STX Europe ASA is an international shipbuilding group which aims to be the leading builder of cruise and offshore vessels. The group has a strong position in terms of developing state-of-the art concepts, technology, processes and products for customers around the world. STX Europe ASA comprises 15 shipyards in Finland, France, Norway Romania, Brazil and Vietnam, and is also a part owner of three yards in Germany and Ukraine. STX Europe has approx. 16,000 employees. Formely known as Aker Yards ASA, the group changed its name to STX Europe in November2008.

STX Europe's principal shareholder, the international industrial group STX, has approximately 39,000 employees., and aims to be a global top player in its core areas shipping and trade, shipbuilding and machineries, plant and construction, and energy.

The three Finnish yards of STX Europe are in Turku, Rauma and Helsinki.

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