Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas
As we approached Charlotte Amalie, we saw what we thought was a massive cruise liner
Her nose looked "normal" but her rear end was the like we had never seen before
As soon as I could I wanted to find out about this giantess of the seas. We had never seen her before because her maiden voyage was only on the 5th of December 2009. The first of her class, she is expected to be joined by her sister ship Allure of the Seas in November this year. Both vessels are expected to cruise the Caribbean from her home port in Nassau to the USVI's. The Oasis class surpasses the Freedom-class cruise ships (also owned by Royal Caribbean) as the world's largest passenger vessel.
TOP LINE FACTS
The vessel was ordered in February 2006 and designed under the name "Project Genesis". Her keel was laid down on the 12th of November 2007 at STX Europe Shipyards (formerly Aker Yards) in Turku, Finland. The company announced that full funding for Oasis of the Seas was secured on the 15th April 2009. Her name resulted from a competition held in May 2008. The ship was completed and turned over to Royal Caribbean on the 28th of October 2009. Two days later, she departed Finland for the United States. While exiting the Baltic Sea, the vessel passed underneath the Great Belt Fixed Link in Denmark on the 1st November 2009. The bridge has a clearance of 213 feet above the water; Oasis normally has an air draft 236 feet. The passage under the bridge was possible due to retraction of the telescopic funnels, and an additional 12 inches was gained by the squat effect whereby vessels travelling at speed in a shallow channel will be drawn deeper into the water. Approaching the bridge at 20 knots or 23 mph, the ship passed under it with less than 2 feet of clearance. Proceeding through the English Channel, Oasis stopped briefly in the Solent to disembark 300 shipyard workers who were onboard doing finishing work, then left on the way to her intended home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship arrived there on the 13th November 2009, where tropical plants were added prior to some introductory trips and her maiden voyage was on the 5th December 2009. While Royal Caribbean's chief of captains Mr. William S Wright was behind the controls on the ship's journey across the Atlantic and will be for the first few sailings, Oasis of the Seas will normally be navigated on a regular basis by two Norwegian captains, Mr. Tor Isak Olsen and Mr. Thore Thorvolsen.
Oasis measures 225,282 gross tons. Its displacement - the actual weight of the vessel - is estimated at approximately 100,000 tons, about the same as that of a nimtz-class aircraft carrier and about twice as much as the Titanic at 53,310 tons. To keep the ship stable without increasing the draft excessively, the designers created a wide hull. About 30 feet of the ship sits beneath the water, a small percentage of the ship's overall height. Wide, shallow ships such as this tend to be "snappy", meaning that they can snap back upright after a wave has passed, which can potentially be uncomfortable. This effect however is mitigated by the vessel's large size. The cruise line's officers were pleased with the ship's stability and performance during the transatlantic crossing, when the vessel, in order to allow finishing work to go on, slowed and changed course in the face of winds "almost up to hurricane force" and seas in excess of 40 feet. The ship's power comes from six marine diesel engines, three Wartsila 16-cylinder common rail diesels producing 18,860 kilowatts (25,290 hp) each, and three similar 12-cylinder engines each producing 13,860 kilowatts (18,590 hp). The total output of these prime movers, some 97,020 kilowatts (130,110 hp), is converted to electricity, used in hotel power for operation of the lights, elevators, electronics, galleys, water treatment plant, and all of the other systems used on the operation of the vessel, as well as propulsion. Propulsion is not provided by screws on the end of long shafts piercing the hull, as on most prior ships, but by three, 20,000 kilowatts (26,800 hp) "Azipods", ABB's brand of azimuth thrusters. These pods, suspended under the stern, each contain an electric motor driving a 20-foot (6 m) propeller. As they are rotatable, no rudders are needed to steer the ship. Docking is assisted by four 5,500 kilowatts (7,380 hp) bow thrusters in tunnels.
Oasis of the Seas offers passengers features such as two-story loft suites and luxury suites measuring 1,600 square feet with balconies overlooking the sea or promenades. The ship also has a zip-line, a casino, mini golf, multiple night clubs, several bars and lounges, a Karaoke club, comedy club, four swimming pools, volley and basketball courts, theme parks and nurseries for the youngsters. Onboard recreational, athletic, and entertainment activities are organized into seven themed areas called "neighborhoods", a concept which bears resemblance to theme park planning. These neighborhoods are:
Naming ceremony and launch party: The ship was formally named on the 30th of November 2009 during a charity sailing for Make a Wish Foundation. At this ceremony the ship was sponsored by seven "godmothers", each representing one of the seven neighbourhoods onboard. The godmothers were Gloria Estefan, Michelle Kwan, Dara Torres, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Shawn Johnson, Jane Seymour and Daisy Fuentes. On the 1st of December 2009, a four-night launch celebration began before the ship left Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the 5th December 2009.
ALL IN ALL INCREDIBLE, NOT FOR US, BUT WE WOULD LOVE A GUIDED TOUR