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World’s largest cruise ship to set sail in December

Want to make history? You can still be the first person on your block to sail on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, which debuts this month as the world’s largest cruise ship.

Oasis could easily have been named “Mammoth of the Seas.” It’s nearly five times the gross tonnage of the Titanic, one and a half times longer than the U.S. Capitol building, sports 16 decks and has a capacity for 6,296 guests. It has seven “neighborhoods,” loft suites, an ice rink, a zip line, two climbing walls and two surfing pools. Take a virtual tour with Bing Travel's new slide show, Oasis of the Seas: Largest Cruise Ship Afloat.

The official inaugural cruise kicks off on Dec. 5, when the ship will begin its regular schedule of seven-night sailings in the Caribbean. Prices for the inaugural cruise on Dec. 5 have actually tumbled a bit on Orbitz in the last few weeks. The online booking agent still shows availability for some cabins, from interior staterooms ($1,049 per person, double occupancy) to suites ($3,129).

If you’d like to sail over the Christmas holidays, there is still room at the inn.

“Our holiday sailings have required more discounting (to fill) than we anticipated,” said Royal Caribbean Chief Financial Officer Brian Rice on a Nov. 3 conference call to discuss the company’s third-quarter earnings.

What do you think about behemoth cruise ships? Would you sail on Oasis of the Seas, a ship whose potential guest population is twice as large as that of many small towns? What about Disney’s Dream, scheduled to launch in 2011 with a guest capacity of 4,000 — and the world’s longest water coaster at sea? Share your thoughts with other travelers in the comments section.


  • I wanna GO!!!

  • Royal Caribbean knows how to make magic for their guests.  Have sailed twice.  Intend to travel on the Oasis.

  • My question is this, How hard will be and how long will it it take to disembark 6000 + passengers when you pull into an island, especially if you have to take a tender.

  • This sounds like Hell at sea. 6000 fat Americans stiffing themselves at endless buffets makes thus sound like a prison term. The sip looks like stacked egg creates!  Nightmare at sea!

  • This is crazy but still would be fantastic

  • Sure do wanna go.  But that is just a dream.  

  • I am going soon!

  • Fantastic!! I have sailed on the Royal Carribean and Star Cruise. I really really want to go on the Oasis.

  • "It’s nearly five times the gross tonnage of the Titanic"


  • Have sailed on each of the newest ships by this company...they make it easier and easier to board and disembark...lots to do as well as eat...never gained a pound!

  • I'm going one day. I hope the prices come down!!!

  • Smaller is Better!

    Why bother being at sea if you're going to be on a ship like that?  You might as well combine a gym membership with a daily visit to your favorite buffet restaurant.  My favorite commercial cruise had about 200 people on the boat.  Totally lacking in amenities like the megaboats, but relaxing.  Plus - the scenery and destination were the point, not the cruise itself.  That's more my speed.

  • I would love to, but i think it's out of my reach... too expensive. :(

  • wow it is almost 5 times as big as the Titanic!! i would wanna go!!

  • I would be afraid that the ship would be too top heavy and capsize in strong winds. I think I'll pass on this one.

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