Royal Caribbean International's newest cruise ship is the highly anticipated MS Oasis of the Seas
, the largest cruise liner ever built. Kelly Landry was lucky enough to be a passenger on board this mammoth ship. It's 20 storeys high and the length of four football fields in a row. The $1.4 billion ship can sleep 6000 passengers and 2000 crew.
It will spend its first year doing seven-night trips from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to the eastern and western Caribbean.
The ship is so massive, its designers divided it into seven neighbourhoods and it's been entered in the Guinness World Records. It has a few "firsts" and "biggest" nailed to its mast, including zipline at sea, floating carousel, biggest floating restaurant, cupcake shop and park.
There's all kinds of accommodation to suit different tastes and budgets: Promenade View, Junior, Royal, Crown, Crown Loft, Sky Loft, Balcony, Ocean View, Central Park View, Grand, Family and Royal Loft Staterooms. Now that's a selection!
To simplify getting around, they have devised a system using four colours, each representing a quadrant of the ship. It's simple but it seems to work.
The Boardwalk neighbourhood is based on the seaside towns of England and the United States, right down to having fast-food restaurants and street performers. Its Aqua Theater is the first of its type at sea. It has two rock-climbing walls, one more than 13m high.
The Royal Promenade sitting underneath the Central Park neighbourhood has giant glass-arched skylights. It has shops, restaurants and bars, a vintage car a sculptured tree. The Rising Tide Bar doubles as an elevator and bar, an engineering feat spanning three decks.
Central Park is nothing short of amazing. It's open to the sky and has 12,000 living plants from around the world, looked after by full-time horticulturists. The central piazza is the town square and at night people enjoy al fresco dining and entertainment including concerts and strolling musicians.
The Pool & Sports Zone neighbourhood has a sports pool, adults-only solarium, nine-hole mini golf course, sports court and FlowRiders where you can learn to surf on two simulators. The solarium has a pool, two whirlpools and four cantilevered whirlpools.
There's a zipline flying fox suspended nine decks above Boardwalk and running diagonally across an open air atrium for more than 25m.
When professionals aren't putting on one of their amazing shows at the Entertainment Place, passengers can enjoy the rink. It's also where you'll find Casino Royale, Studio B, Opal Theater, Blaze Nightclub and Dazzles, featuring musical spectacles from big band to disco.
Opus Dining Room spans decks three to five. It's the grandest dining area on board. There are 24 dining options so you can find something delicious to eat and drink 24 hours a day. The ship has 20 galleys, butcher shop, fish preparation room and commissary. There are 1100 cooks, waiters, assistant waiters, bartenders, servers and cleaners to keep it all running smoothly.
To stay fit, there are solo and couples massage suites, youth spa, hair and make-up services, cardio and resistance machines, Pilates, kickboxing, yoga and spin classes.
Adventure Ocean Kids' Club is for children up to 17 years of age. There are nightly shows and special meals prepared for them.
The navigation team is under the guidance of Norwegian Captain Thor Thorolvsen who has 45 years' experience at sea. He's thrilled by his new commission and thrives on mixing with his passengers and talking about the magic that is Oasis of the Seas.
From Fort Lauderdale in Florida to the Caribbean aboard Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas
seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise costs $1626 per person for an inside cabin and $1846 for an upgrade to a Central Park balcony cabin. They sail weekly on Saturdays from Fort Lauderdale. Eastern Caribbean cruises call in to Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten and returns to Fort Lauderdale. Western Caribbean cruises visit Labadee, Cozumel, Costa Maya and return to Fort Lauderdale.
V Australia has flights to Los Angeles.
- Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane $1279
- Adelaide $1579
- Perth $1879
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Connections to Fort Lauderdale are available.
Prices correct at April 22, 2010.
For further information
Royal Caribbean Line
Ph: 1300 754 500
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