October 28, 2009
Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Oasis of the Seas
After nearly six years in the making, Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of the world's largest cruise ship, the 225,282 grt Oasis of the Seas, from STX Europe in Turku, Finland.
Kicking off the 12-day countdown until her U.S. debut into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, Oasis of the Seas will be departing Turku on Friday, Oct. 30 with Captain William S. Wright at the helm.
The Oasis of the Seas is 361 meters long and 66 meters wide at its widest point and, at the highest, it rises 72 meters above the sea level. The gross tonnage is 225,000. At the best, the vessel can accommodate 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. The ship features 16 passenger decks and 2,704 staterooms.
Oasis of the Seas is equipped with a total of six Wartsila 46 engines, three 12-cylinder and three 16-cylinder engines, generating more than 96 MW. Cruising speed is 22.6 knots.
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. Oasis of the Seas is the first ship to feature the cruise line's new neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which includes Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.
Oasis of the Seas introduces many other industry "firsts" including 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 what's described as "an array of epicurean innovations that allow for new culinary experiences each day of a guest's cruise vacation."
The official naming ceremony for Oasis of the Seas will take place on November 30 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.