On December 1, Royal Caribbean will make history with the launch of the largest cruise ship ever built. The ship is the Oasis of the Seas, accommodating 5,400 passengers in 2,700 staterooms. By all accounts, she will also be the most innovative passenger vessel in history.
The ship will feature seven different “neighborhoods,” including Central Park, Boardwalk and Royal Promenade, each offering a unique atmosphere. At the center of the ship, six decks of balcony staterooms will face inward to overlook Central Park, an area roughly the size of a football field, open to the sky, with lush, tropical landscaping.
These will be the first non-ocean-view balcony staterooms at sea. Other firsts include the first carousel at sea, the first zip-line at sea and the Rising Tide Bar, the first moving bar at sea.
Just for the record, this ship carries more people than there were in most of the towns around where I grew up. Next stop, Fhloston Paradise!