World’s biggest cruise ship OASIS OF THE SEAS sets sail

Nov 02, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson

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After nearly six years in the making, Royal Caribbean International took delivery last week of its newest and most revolutionary cruise ship, OASIS OF THE SEAS, from STX Europe in Turku, Finland.

Kicking off the 12-day countdown until her US debut into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, 11 November 2009, Oasis of the Seas departed Turku on Friday (30 October) with Captain William S Wright at the helm.

Her transatlantic crossing will be chronicled on as new webisodes are posted daily and via Twitter by following @OasisandAllure. A new feature to will allow visitors to view a Google Maps application and follow Oasis of the Seas journey. Richard Fain’s “Chairman’s Blog” on and “Adam’s Blog” by President and CEO Adam Goldstein on also will provide personal updates.

The purists may not approve, but there’s little question that Oasis of the Seas will set new standards. RCCI, the cruise line that revolutionized the industry with the FlowRider surf simulator, ice-skating rinks, cantilevered whirlpools, rock climbing walls and the Royal Promenade, an entertainment boulevard stretching nearly the length of the ship, says it is poised to unveil a range of new attractions and engineering marvels onboard Oasis of the Seas.

The ultimate expression of Royal Caribbean’s legacy of imagination and innovation, Oasis of the Seas introduces unique industry “firsts” including a neighborhood concept – seven themed areas providing guests with the opportunity to seek out relevant experiences based on their personal style, preference or mood. Within these seven neighborhoods – Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone – are extraordinary elements such as the first park at sea, a thrilling zip line that races diagonally nine-decks above an open-air atrium, an original handcrafted carousel, 28 multilevel urban-style loft suites boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, an aquatic amphitheater – called the AquaTheater that serves as a pool by day and a dazzling ocean front theater by night; and an array of epicurean innovations that allow for new culinary experiences each day of a guest’s cruise vacation.

This November, just in time for the US Thanksgiving holiday, Oasis of the Seas will be unveiled on ABC’s “Good Morning America” who will be there to welcome her into her home port in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. as well as give viewers an exclusive first glimpse of the ship during a special live broadcast on Friday, 20 November.

The official naming ceremony for Oasis of the Seas will take place on 30 November during a one night inaugural celebration-fundraiser to benefit the non-profit Make-A-Wish
Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Oasis of the Seas is the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world. An architectural marvel at sea, she spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy and features 2,700 staterooms.

The ship will sail from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and one under construction. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, or visit - travel professionals should go to or call (800) 327-2056.



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