Royal Caribbean’s New Ship Oasis of the Seas Arrives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship – the highly anticipated Oasis of the Seas – made her global debut today, arriving into her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. following a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Turku, Finland. Hundreds of eager onlookers – ranging from Royal Caribbean top executives to local government officials, residents and media – came out to welcome Oasis of the Seas to the United States for the first time and to be among the first to catch a glimpse of the world’s most revolutionary cruise ship.

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

In the course of the next six days, the ship will undergo the final touches in preparation for pre-inaugural festivities kicking off with an exclusive private performance by pop music artist Rihanna, the first performer ever to take the stage on Oasis of the Seas’, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. Oasis of the Seas will then make her national television premiere on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Friday, Nov. 20, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (EST). The official naming ceremony for Oasis of the Seas will take place on Monday, Nov. 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.

Oasis of the Seas Aerial ViewThe ultimate expression of Royal Caribbean’s legacy of imagination and innovation, Oasis of the Seas introduces unique industry “firsts” including a neighborhood concept – seven main themed areas providing guests with the opportunity to seek out relevant experiences based on their personal style, preference or mood. Within these seven neighborhoods – Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, Pool & Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone – are extraordinary elements such as the first living 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 amphitheater-style theater that serves as a pool by day and a dazzling ocean front theater by night; and an array of epicurean innovations that allow for new culinary experiences each day of a guest’s cruise vacation.

Oasis of the Seas Rear ViewOasis of the Seas is the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world. 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 tout 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. The ship will sail from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


1 Alan Freeman { 11.18.09 at 1:23 pm }

My wife and I are long time cruisers and we hope like heck that the Oasis is not a sign of things to come – it’s too darn big!!!!!
Like so many other cruisers that we have met we prefer a smaller ship (about 2000 passengers or less), the service is more personal and embarking and disembarking is generally a breeze; it’s going to be hell on the Oasis we believe, especially in ports with or without tendering.
Come on cruise lines just keep refurbishing your older, smaller vessels and forget the mammoths (remember dinosaurs grew extinct eons ago).

2 Adele Larade { 11.18.09 at 2:49 pm }

Our love of cruising has just jumped 100%, at the thought of sailing this gorgeous new ship! We have yet to be lured away from Princess, but we are seriously considering it, looking at this beauty! We love the big ships and our dreams continue with this debut! Someday………….

3 Wayne Rose { 11.18.09 at 3:39 pm }

I can’t wait until we take to the seas in the Oasis of the Seas! It’ll be my first overnight cruise, I saved the experience for the biggest and the best of ships! After having never been on a cruise, I’m sure it will spoil me for anything lesser than the largest of them all!

4 edward rozycki { 11.18.09 at 4:20 pm }

OASIS OF THE SEAS -NICE,BEATUFULL SHIP-only expensive to for me…

5 Andy Gustafson { 11.19.09 at 8:55 am }

Hey Wayne,

It has been great working with you to plan what will surely be a fantastic first cruise for you!

Alan–don’t worry, while some lines take the bigger is better apporach (and for many passengers, that is the case), there are still many who, like you, love the intamacy of a small ship. There will always be a number of them from which you can choose.

Cruise ships come in many shapes and sizes. Each have their own personality. I say “Viva la differance!”

6 Adam Wolf { 11.19.09 at 10:58 am }

Hi Edward…thank you for your blog post. There are affordable deals on the Oasis that I have seen…especially for booking for late 2010 and early 2011 sailings!

Yours In Travel,

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