Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, unveiled in Fort Lauderdale, is nearly 50% larger than the largest cruise ships now at sea. But it’s not just the ship’s size that has people talking. Built at a record cost of $1.4 billion, the 225,282-ton vessel is chock-full of industry firsts housed within seven themed neighborhoods. The 6,296-passenger vessel’s first cruise with paying passengers is set for Dec. 1
This makes it 5 times larger than the Titanic – and in the current economic climate, they’ll have problems filling it up, as well as fitting it into ports: currently only four can take it, but other ports are expanding their facilities and there should be more ports next year.