Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is the largest passenger vessel ever built. This “floating resort” is five times larger than the Titanic, has seven neighborhoods, an ice rink, a golf course and a 750-seat outdoor amphitheater. The floating extravaganza raises about 20 stories high and was built at the tune of $1.5 billion.
In an official handover ceremony, Oasis of the Seas was passed from yard to line on October 28, 2009, and the next day the ship left the yard en route to its Fort Lauderdale home. A series of pre-inaugural cruises will lead up to the November 30 christening in Fort Lauderdale, followed by the official maiden voyage on December 5.
The world’s largest cruise ship is a whopping 40 percent larger than the industry’s next-biggest ship Royal Caribbean’s Freedom-class trio. The world’s newest contender for biggest-ships-ever was conceived years before the global economic downturn. The Oasis of the Seas has 2,700 cabins and can accommodate 6,300 passengers and 2,100 crew members. The enormous ship features various “neighborhoods” — parks, squares and arenas with special themes. One of them will be a tropical environment, including palm trees and vines among the total 12,000 plants on board. They will be planted after the ship arrives in Fort Lauderdale.
In the stern, a 750-seat outdoor theater — modeled on an ancient Greek amphitheater — doubles as a swimming pool by day and an ocean front theater by night. The pool has a diving tower with spring boards and two 33-foot high-dive platforms. An indoor theater seats 1,300 guests.
Accommodations include loft cabins, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and 1,600-square-foot luxury suites with balconies overlooking the sea or promenades. The liner also has four swimming pools, volleyball and basketball courts, and a youth zone with theme parks and nurseries for children.
Ticket prices for the Oasis are running at $1,299 to $4,829, compared with $509 to $1,299 on the company’s next most popular ship, Freedom of the Seas.
The Oasis of the Seas is due to make its U.S. debut on Nov. 20 at its home port, Port Everglades in Florida. Oasis of the Seas, the first of the two 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger behemoths, is officially set to kick off its maiden Eastern Caribbean season on December 5, 2009 (with a pre-inaugural cruise on December 1); sister ship Allure of the Seas will debut summer 2010.