Oasis of the Seas – world’s largest cruise liner sets sail this month
By Paul Lester
November 2, 2009
Last year we introduced “Project Genesis”, the world’s largest and most expensive ocean liner. After a total of six years in the making, owner Royal Caribbean has now taken delivery of this 16 deck, 225,282 ton floating city which features 2,700 staterooms and can carry 5,400 guests. Now officially called “Oasis of the Seas”, the ship sailed from Turku, Finland on Friday, October 30 en route to her home port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a U.S. debut on Wednesday, November 11.
Oasis of the Seas also touts a new neighborhood concept utilizing seven distinct themes to split up the habitable areas on board. These include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.
Offering guests the freedom to experience a voyage based on their personal style or mood, the various zones include such luxuries as the first "park on water", an aquatic amphitheater serving as a pool by day and ocean-front theater by night, 28 multi-level urban-style loft suites and a zip-line that diagonally spans nine decks above an open-air atrium.
An official naming ceremony will take place on the 30th of November, with proceeds going to the non-profit Make-A-Wish foundation. Tickets start at US$750, with a US$100 discount for those who will also be taking in a four-night cruise package.
A range of videos showing off the stunning vessel, as well as up to date info on where the ship currently is can be found at the official site.