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  Thursday, October 29, 2009

  Largest cruise ship-world record set by Oasis of the Seas

 TURKU, Finland--Oasis of the Seas can accomodate up to 6,360 passengers and 2,160 crew members, is 16 decks high, or 65 metres (213 feet) above the waterline, and measures 360 metres (1,180 feet) long and 47 metres (154 feet) wide and is worth 900 million euros (1.3 billion dollars)-setting the world records for the Largest cruise ship and the Most expensive cruise ship.

   Photo: With its 220,000 gross tonnes, Oasis of the Seas, the world's Largest cruise ship , is approximately 40 percent larger than any other cruise ship in the world. It has three large swimming pools, 10 spa baths and surf-simulation facilities among its many activities and features. (enlarge photo)

   "It's in the DNA of our company, about every 10 years, to take more or less a fresh sheet of paper and create the greatest cruise ship in the world," says Adam Goldstein, CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

   The Largest cruise ship features a variety of traditional and new activities including swimming pools, a casino, pool surfing and a zip line above the boardwalk.
    The liner was constructed by STX Finland – part of a larger South Korean shipbuilder. ‘Oasis of the Seas’ is now owned by US company Royal Caribbean.  

   Oasis is so vast that it has been designated with seven separate themed areas to give passengers the choice of experiences.

   There's the open-air Central Park - a cruise ship first - Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.
   Each of the seven zones will have its own godmother at the naming ceremony on Fort Lauderdale on November 30.

  Richard Fain, the chief executive of Royal Caribbean, told reporters the Largest cruise ship had attracted strong pre-bookings despite the global financial crisis and said the aim was to lure new customers who have not cruised before.

   He added that the company was targetting international clients, not just American or European cruisers, with Oasis of the Seas, which will be sailing mainly in the sunny Caribbean.

   It's also catering to younger, more active passengers with children, and therefore offering a wider selection of activities, including 21 swimming pools, an aqua park, a carousel and a science lab.
    The Largest cruise ship is scheduled to leave Finland on Friday when it will set sail for its home port of Fort Lauderdale in the United States, where it will arrive in about two weeks.

   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.

   This November, just in time for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, Oasisof 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, Nov. 20.   

   Oasis of the Seas will make its four-night maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Labadee in Haiti on December 1.

   From December 2009 to April 2010, the ship will sail seven nights from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and the Bahamas.
   Then, beginning May 2010, it will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico. Prices start at $729 for interior rooms, per person, based on double occupancy. For a steeper price, there are multi-level loft suites available with floor-to-ceiling windows.

  • 150 miles (241 km) of piping
  • 3,300 miles (5310 km) of electrical cables
  • 158,503 gallons (600,000 litres) of paint
  • 7,000 works of specially commissioned art
  • 5,070,632 lbs. (2,300 tonnes) of water in the 21 swimming pools and Jacuzzis
  • 110,231 lbs. (50 tonnes) of ice cubes made every day
  • 4,700,000 lbs. (2,350 metric tons) of fresh water consumption per 24 hours
  • 181 grand blocks were used to construct Oasis of the Seas, each block weighed appx. 1,200,00 lbs. (600 metric tons)
  • Oasis was constructed out of 500,000 steel individual parts
  • The AquaTheater pool is 17.9 feet (5.4 meters) deep and is the largest pool at sea
  • Oasis of the Seas is 75 feet (23 meters) longer than the cruise line’s Freedom-class of ships
  • The Central Park Neighborhood will be the first ever living park at sea, with 12,175 plants, 62 vine plants, 56 trees and bamboo, some over 24 feet (7.3 meters) in length
   • It took 8,000 people work years to build Oasis of the Seas
   • There were more than 3,200 workers at any given time helping build Oasis of the Seas
   • Diameters of the propellers are 20 feet (6.1. meters)
   • Oasis has a deck 4.5 giving AquaTheater entertainers and divers access to the depths of AquaTheater during performances

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

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