London: ‘Oasis of the Seas’ is the world’s largest cruise ship. It is included in the fleet of ‘Royal Caribbean International’. ‘Oasis of the Seas’ was launched on November 20, 2009. It is not only the largest cruise ship in the world, but also the most expensive cruise ship.
The world’s largest ship is a serious competitor for another maritime wonder, Liberty of the Seas. ‘Oasis of the Sea’ is a luxurious traveling city. It has shopping streets, bars, restaurants, and an amphitheater the size of a football field. And if this is not enough, the ship is also equipped with its own micro-climate and rock-climbing walls.
Some interesting facts about the World’s Largest Cruise Ship:
1. The ship is 1,187ft long and 240 ft tall.
2. The weight of the ship is 220,000 tones.
3. The capacity of the ship can accommodate 6,296 guests and 2,164 staff members
4. The ship can use 22 acres of carpet
5. The ship can carry 2,300 tones of swimming pool water
6. It produces 50metric tones of ices cubes per day
The main attractions of the world’s largest cruise ship, that can make for a ‘dream holiday’ include the unique Rising Tide bar which is the first ever moving bar at sea, a Central Park with living trees and a hand crafted carousel, and an Aqua-theatre that provides a perfect backdrop to theatrical performances.
The contents of the enormous vessel include 2,700 rooms – some more extravagant than others. If one wants ultimate luxury, he/she can try the Royal Loft suite which is 1,524sq ft of pure indulgence with an accommodating private wet bar, library and baby Grand piano.
A wide hull is created by the designers to keep the ship stable without increasing the draft excessively. About 30 feet (9 m) of the ship sits beneath the water. It is just a small percentage of the ship’s overall height.
‘Oasis of the Seas’ surpassed the Freedom-class cruise ships (also owned by Royal Caribbean) to become the largest cruise ship in the world at that time. She was herself surpassed by her sister ship Allure of the Seas, which is 50 millimetres (2.0 in) longer, although this may have been caused by ambient temperature differences at the times the measurements were made. In May 2016, her second sister ship Harmony of the Seas became the new record holder with a length of 362.12 metres.