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 theMost
expensive cruise ship.
Photo: With its 220,000 gross tonnes,
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
"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.
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
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
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.
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
as new webisodes are posted daily and via Twitter by following
@OasisandAllure. A new feature to OasisoftheSeas.com
will allow visitors to view a Google Maps application and
of the Seas journey.
Richard Fain's "Chairman's Blog" on OasisoftheSeas.com
and "Adam's Blog" by President and CEO Adam Goldstein on NationofWhyNot.com
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,
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.
FUN FACTS ABOUT OASIS
OF THE SEAS
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
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
Oasis was constructed out of 500,000 steel individual
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 lines 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.
Oasis has a deck 4.5 giving AquaTheater entertainers
and divers access to the depths of AquaTheater during performances