Royal Caribbean orders another massive ship

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MIAMI (AP) -- Royal Caribbean said Wednesday that it will take delivery of a second massive ship it calls "Sunshine class" in the spring of 2015.

Sunshine class is a ranking Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. gives to ships that are the second-largest in the world. The biggest are Oasis ships. The cruise operator has two ships in that class -- the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean has its first Sunshine class ship scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2014.

The Miami company owns a combined total of 40 ships and has three ships on order.

Also Wednesday, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange committee that recent bookings and prices are improving. Bookings had fallen off when the Concordia, operated by rival Carnival Corp., hit a reef and capsized last month, killing 25. Prior to that accident, bookings had been up 5 percent from a year earlier at higher prices.

Royal Caribbean said the biggest impact on bookings was on those through September, while longer-term bookings remain healthy.

Its shares rose 59 cents, or 2.1 percent, to $28.65 in afternoon trading Wednesday.