MS Oasis of the Seas is an
Oasis-class cruise ship, delivered to her owner, Royal Caribbean
International, in October 2009. The first of her class, she was joined
by her sister ship MS Allure of the Seas in December 2010. Both vessels
cruise the Caribbean from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
She set a new record of carrying over 6,000 passengers.
The ship surpassed the Freedom-class cruise ships (also owned by Royal
Caribbean) to become the largest cruise ship in the world at that time.
She has, however, since been surpassed by Allure of the Seas, which is
50 millimeters (2.0 in) longer, although this difference may have been
caused by different temperatures when the measurements were made.
The vessel was ordered in February 2006 and designed under the name
"Project Genesis". Her keel was laid down on 12 November 2007 by STX
Europe Turku Shipyard, Finland. The company announced that full funding
for Oasis of the Seas was secured on 15 April 2009.
The name Oasis of the Seas resulted from a competition held in May 2008.
During the first float-out of the vessel the tugboats that were pulling
the ship from its dock failed to control the ship, resulting in the port
side of the ship hitting the dock. This resulted in some cosmetic damage
and minor damage to the hull, which was repaired and did not affect the
final delivery date of the vessel.
The ship was completed and turned over to Royal Caribbean on 28 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 1 November 2009. The bridge has a clearance of
65 m (213 ft) above the water; Oasis normally has an air draft of 72 m
(236 ft). The passage under the bridge was possible due to retraction of
the telescoping funnels, and an additional 30 cm (12 in) was gained by
the squat effect whereby vessels traveling at speed in a shallow channel
will be drawn deeper into the water. Approaching the bridge at 20 knots
(37 km/h; 23 mph), the ship passed under it with less than 60
centimeters (2 ft) of clearance.
Proceeding through the English Channel, Oasis stopped briefly in the
Solent so that 300 shipyard workers who were on board doing finishing
work could disembark, then left on the way to her intended home port of
Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship arrived there on
13 November 2009, where tropical plants were installed prior to some
introductory trips and her maiden voyage on 5 December 2009.
While Royal Caribbean's chief of captains William S. Wright was in
command of the ship's journey across the Atlantic and also for the first
few sailings, navigation of Oasis of the Seas is regularly handled by
Trym Selvag and Thore Thorolvsen.
Oasis had a minor refit in winter 2011, adding the DreamWorks Experience
which allows passengers to interact with characters, such as Shrek, on
board the ship. The Oasis-class also now features 3D movies.
Oasis underwent a second drydock refit in October 2014. During drydock
the ship was modified to support Dynamic Dining, adding the suite-only
"Coastal Kitchen" restaurant to the Viking Crown and dividing the main
dining room into three separate restaurants: "American Icon Grill", "The
Grande", and "Silk". In addition, the Broadway-style production of
Hairspray was replaced with a production of Cats.