Oasis of the Seas waiting to enter the port
Royal Caribbean's newest ship has just completed her maiden voyage across the Atlantic and arrived here in Port Everglades - Fort Lauderdale - which will be her home base. The ship is the largest cruise ship in the world, costing $1.5 billion and had to have a new "State of the Art" pier built to accommodate it. With nearly 6,000 passengers and 2700 crew it needs highly efficient processing in port.
So, having worked for Royal Caribbean for a couple of years at the port several years ago - and living only ten minutes away from it, I was thrilled when my neighbor asked me if I wanted to drive over to the state park which is at the entrance to the harbor. By 7:20 a.m. we could already see the Oasis sitting out at sea waiting for its turn to enter at 8 a.m. When it started in, the crowds cheered loudly and all anyone could say was "WOW" - it is so big and beautiful!
In fact, it is so big that I couldn't take a picture of the whole ship, so here's the stern -
Looks like eight decks of cabins with sliding glass doors to balconies - great way to cruise! And it was a great start to the day - blue skies, 65 degrees and a brisk half mile walk from the car to the harbor entrance!
Welcome to your new home, Oasis!