The largest cruise ship in the world
19.01.2012 - 20.01.2012 25 °C
When visiting Jack and Jacquie Howell (Kimberley Spiteri's parents) last year in Florida we talked about the huge mega ships, the Oasis and her sister ship the Allure. We had all experienced and liked the mid-sized ships but none of us was sure if we would like these huge ones. We decided that we wouldn't know unless we tried - so we booked 'em Danno.
The Beauty or the Beast?
At a cost 1.4 Billion USD the MS Oasis of the Seas was ordered 2006 and built in Finland. She was christened 30 November 2009 during a charity sailing for Make a Wish Foundation. In the fleet of Royal Caribbean International she was the first of her class and was joined by her sister ship Allure of the Seas in December 2010. Both vessels cruise the Caribbean from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She set a new record of carrying over 6,000 passengers.
She is 360 meters (1,181feet) long, 47 meters (154 ft) wide at the waterline. Her 18 decks rise 72 meters (236 ft) above the waterline.
There is an interesting story about her departure from Finland for the United States. When she exited the Baltic Sea, the vessel passed underneath the Great Belt Fixed Link in Denmark. The bridge has a clearance of 65 m (213 ft) above the water; Oasis normally has an air draft of 72 m (236 ft). The passage under the bridge was possible due to retraction of the telescoping funnels and an additional 30 cm (12 in) was gained by the squat effect whereby vessels traveling at speed in a shallow channel will be drawn deeper into the water. Approaching the bridge at 20 knots (37 km/h, 23 mph), the ship passed under it with less than 2 feet (60 cm) of clearance! We wonder how many times those calculations were checked and cross-checked.
The ship features a zip-line, a casino, a mini-golf course, multiple night clubs, several bars and lounges, a karaoke club, a comedy club, five swimming pools, two surf simulators, volleyball and basketball courts, a running track, a fitness center, a skating rink, two rock-climbing walls, theme parks, nurseries for children and a temporary tattoo parlor. (I have no idea where that idea came from - there are no Harleys on board!)
We heard that it takes a week just to find your way around this ship - so we booked two! We will hook up with Jack and Jacquie for dinner the Friday night before Saturday's departure and then on Saturday, January 21 we will all begin the next adventure. Stay tuned for pictures and updates.