Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas has entered the Guinness Book of Records by becoming the world’s first cruise ship to sail with more than 6,000 passengers on board.
The super cruiser, which was voted one of the top ten travel triumphs of the Noughties by the World Travel Awards, departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 13 March carrying 6,007 passengers.
Oasis boasts 2,700 cabins, which gives it a capacity of 5,400 passengers at two passengers per cabin. However larger cabins feature pull-out sofas boosting the ship’s total capacity to a maximum of 6,296.
Among the 6,000-plus passengers on the seven-night voyage to the Eastern Caribbean were citizens of 64 different countries, and more than 2,400 members of Royal Caribbean’s frequent cruiser programme, the Crown & Anchor Society.
When Oasis embarked on her maiden voyage in November 2009, she ushered in a whole new era for cruise travel. It wasn’t just her sheer size (40 per cent larger than any other cruise liner out there), but the breath of facilities that have taken the cruise experience to entirely new level.
More floating city than floating hotel, Oasis of the Seas has transformed the cruise experience into an action sports holiday, wellness break, dive safari, West End theatre trip, and X Factor style auditions, all rolled into one.
There’s also the English pub experience, the beach experiences, Abba experience, multiple shopping experiences, champagne experiences, fairground experience, Vegas casino experience complete with row upon row of glassy-eyed slot machines, and a multitude of gastro-dining experiences.
At the launch, Royal Caribbean Chairman Richard Fain, said the ship was one-third familiar, one-third evolutionary and one-third revolutionary.