Oasis of the Seas cruise. (Photo:Reuters)

The world's largest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas has arrived in Florida, in the south eastern United States, to prepare for its first cruise ever scheduled for early December.

The ship, owned by Royal Caribbean International, was reportedly built at a cost of $1.4 billion. The Oasis is 16 decks high, 1,200 feet long and weighs 225,282 tons. It has 2,700 cabins where it can carry up to 6,296 passengers and 2,100 crew members.

In size, the Oasis surpasses the world's second largest ship almost by 50 percent and it is five times bigger than the famous Titanic. It is divided into seven separate neighborhoods, ( Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, Pool & Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone).

The ship was built in Finland and traveled for two weeks to arrive to Port Everglades, Florida. Although it's scheduled to leave for its first voyage in December, it is now hosting promotional events while the last preparations are finished.

Among other features, the Oasis has four swimming pools, a water-theme park, a golf course, basketball and volleyball courts, an ice rink, a full-size fairground carousel, bars, restaurants, cafes  and about 56 natural trees.


A cruise on the ship offers a significant amount of entertainment activities, which the company says have never before been offered inside a cruise.  One of its largest venues, the Opal theater, sits 1,350 guests.

Broadway shows like Hairspray, are part of the repertory along with comedy acts and popular theme nights and parades.

The ship also has an aqua theater, and offers diving and acrobatic exhibitions. Ice shows are also offered on the Studio B ice-skating rink.

Royal Loft Suite

On deck 17, overlooking the ocean are located the Royal Loft Suites, two-levels suites with LCD TVs, a library, a baby grand piano, dining room for eight, and a master bedroom with Jacuzzi, ABC reported.

The luxurious suite can be booked for about $16,659 per passenger per week, but prices may vary according to the cruise and period of the year.


The bedroom of a loft suite is seen aboard the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas cruise ship. (Photo:Reuters)

Lower-priced Rooms

Interior staterooms are booked for $1,649 per person per week. A Superior Ocean View stateroom with a balcony costs $1,799 and the Oasis' least expensive inside cabins without windows sell for $1,179 and up.


The Oasis's destinations during its first winter of operations are Eastern Caribbean's St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau, the Bahamas.

In May, the ship is expected to sail to the Western Caribbean, including Labadee, Haiti and Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico.


Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest and newest cruise ship, navigates through a ship channel as a crowd cheers, headed for its home port nearby in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo:Reuters)