The world’s largest passenger ship ever built is about to set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Royal Caribbean’s new Oasis of the Seas makes her maiden voyage this weekend, sailing to the islands of St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and to Nassau in the Bahamas. But who cares where you’re going, when the ship itself is beyond a fun-filled destination?
After a 2-day sneak preview cruise for the media and travel agents, the Oasis has generated a lot of buzz. The ship includes the first stand-alone Coach store at sea, and features a mini-golf course, ice-skating rink, climbing walls and surf machines.
Nearly as tall as a 20-story building and 100 feet longer than an aircraft carrier, the 225,000 tons the vessel features 2165 crewmembers, sixteen decks for passengers and beds for nearly 6,300 guests.
The Oasis was built featuring groundbreaking design features with a split structure opening up the interior space to the outdoors. This provdes hundreds of cabins that feature balcony and ocean breezes.
Neighborhoods were created aboard the vessel, where a carousel and aquatic theature are located in a boardwalk area, and the main showroom and a variety of nightclubs, jazz clubs and a comedy club reside on Deck 4 in Entertainment Place.
Central Park features an open atrium displaying over 12,000 live trees, plants and vines. Stone walkways wind through the park, and a variety of restaurants line the walk. Guests can quickly forget they’re out to sea while on the Oasis, a self-contained resort with endless ameneties and entertainment including productions of the Broadway hit “Hairspray.”
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