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Oasis of the Seas Enters Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL – 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, Fl 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.

Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s and the World’s Largest and Most Revolutionary Cruise Ship Sails into Port Everglades

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). Until that time, eager consumers can track her progress during the pre-inaugural activities via webisodes and updates, which are available at as well as join the conversation on Twitter by following @OasisandAllure and including #Oasisishere in Tweets.
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. Tickets for the once-in-a-lifetime event begin at $750 per person. Guests who wish to continue their adventure onboard will receive an exclusive discount price, beginning at $650 per person, on a four-night cruise package sailing to the cruise line’s private beach destination, Labadee, departing the morning following the event on Tuesday, Dec. 1 (rates based on double-occupancy and stateroom package). For reservations to this exclusive event combined with the four-night sailing, contact Cynthia Paez, Royal Caribbean International, at (877) 202-1520, ext. 12751.

Oasis of the Seas Aerial Picture

Sports, Entertainment and Amenities

The 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 Facts

Oasis 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. Additional information is available at


  • 225,282 GRT
  • 1,187 feet (360 meters) long
  • 208 feet (64 meters) wide
  • 213 feet (65 meters) high from the water line
  • 30 feet (9.1 meters) draft
  • 22.6 knots cruising speed
  • 16 passenger decks
  • 24 passenger elevators
  • 4 bow thrusters with 7,500 horse power each
  • 5,400 guests (double occupancy)
  • 6,296 guests total
  • 2,165 crew (From over 71 countries)


    Total: 2,706
    Balcony: 1,956
    Outside: 254
    Interior: 496
    Staterooms with additional berths: 683
    Wheelchair accessible staterooms: 46


  • Oasis of the Seas is the first ship to feature seven distinctly themed neighborhoods.
  • Oasis of the Seas’ Central Park neighborhood is the first-ever park at sea, with 12,175 plants, 62 vine plants, 56 trees and bamboo – some over 24 feet (7.3 meters) high.
  • The only original, handcrafted carousel at sea is the centerpiece of the unique Boardwalk neighborhood.
  • The Coach store in Oasis of the Seas’ Central Park is the only free-standing, Coach luxury leather boutique at sea.
  • The unique Rising Tide bar – the first ever moving bar at sea – is an engineering feat that allow vacationers to enjoy a cocktail as they slowly ascend and descend three decks, between Royal Promenade (deck 5) and Central Park (deck 8).
  • Oasis of the Seas features the first zip line on a cruise ship, a thrilling 82 feet ride (25 meters), in the Sports Zone, suspended nine decks above the Boardwalk.
  • Oasis of the Seas is the first ship to feature not one, but two FlowRiders in the Sports Zone.
  • Oasis of the Seas will feature the Tony-award winning Broadway musical Hairspray, marking the first full Broadway show performed on any cruise ship.
  • The first beach pool at sea on the pool deck has a sloped entry where guests can wade into the water or relax in colorful beach chairs under an umbrella as the water rolls gently beneath.
  • AquaTheater, located on the stern of the ship, is the first-ever aquatic amphitheater on a cruise ship.
  • The AquaTheater pool is 17.9 feet (5.4 meters) deep, making it the deepest pool at sea.
  • Oasis of the Seas has the longest jogging track at sea; one lap around the track will be 0.43 miles – 2.4 laps will equal a mile.
  • The AquaTheater features first-ever acrobatic, synchronized and high-dive performances on the high seas with a talent cast of Olympic and National Collegiate Athletic Association divers.
  • For the first time, guests can make reservations prior to sailing for onboard theatric performances, specialty restaurants, and spa services; sign up for the flexible My Time Dining program and digitally sign a one-time activities waiver before setting foot onboard Oasis of the Seas.

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    Originally Published on November 15th, 2009

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