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Check out the world's largest cruise liner!

Last updated on: November 5, 2009 10:46 IST

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The world's largest and most expensive cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas is all set for its maiden voyage next month.

The ship -- which is as high as a 20-storeyed building and is as long as four football fields -- can carry up to 6,296 passengers and 2,160 crew members.

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Image: Oasis of the Seas.
Photographs: Courtesy, Royal Caribbean International.
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An architectural wonder, the onboard recreational, athletic, and entertainment activities on the Oasis of the Seas resemble a theme park.

The $1.5-billion ship, five times larger than the Titanic, has an ice rink, a small golf course, a 750-seat outdoor amphitheater, and 2,700 cabins.


Image: The ship's Interior.
Photographs: Courtesy, Royal Caribbean International.
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Accommodation on Oasis of the Seas includes loft cabins, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and 1,600-square-foot (487-meter) luxury suites with balconies overlooking the sea or promenades.

Oasis of the Seas will be christened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, on November 30. It will begin its maiden voyage to The Caribbeans on December 1.


Image: The Boardwalk.
Photographs: Courtesy, Royal Caribbean International.
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The liner also has four swimming pools, volleyball and basketball courts, and a youth zone with theme parks and nurseries for children.

The ship's Central Park features boutiques, restaurants and bars, including access to the Rising Tide bar, which can be raised or lowered to three separate levels.

Oasis of the Seas will house the first living park at sea with over 12,000 plants and 56 trees!

Central Park brings the outdoors inside and offers guests a tranquil outdoor space. The Central Park is an innovative design feature with lush tropical grounds.


Image: The Central Park.
Photographs: Courtesy, Royal Caribbean International.
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The pool and sports zone aboard Oasis of the Seas features a sloped-entry beach pool and two surf simulators. It also has a sea spa and a fitness centre.

Oasis of the Seas's outdoor 750-seat amphitheater -- AquaTheatre -- hosts the ship's largest freshwater pool. The youth zone features a science lab and computer gaming.


Image: The pool and sports zone.
Photographs: Courtesy, Royal Caribbean International.
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Boardwalk on Oasis of the Seas features hand-crafted carousel restaurants, bars, shops, two rock-climbing walls, and a tattoo parlour. The boardwalk combines old-world charm with a modern twist.


Image: The mighty Oasis.
Photographs: Courtesy, Royal Caribbean International.
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With a number of restaurants, a coffee and doughnut shop, bars, confectioners and much more, Boardwalk offers a great variety for the family with many shopping and entertainment avenues.

Every elevator on Oasis of the Seas has a carpet panel which denotes the day of the week as you tend to lose track of time while sailing.


Image: The Central Park cafe.
Photographs: Courtesy, Royal Caribbean International.
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Oasis of the Seas brings the urban living concept to the high seas with loft suites. The lofts will offer spectacular views of the ocean with floor to ceiling windows.

Other features in these spectacular lofts include unique modern design, spacious living areas on the lower level with contemporary detailing and a private balcony with sun chairs and stunning views.

The impressive design will include an upper-level bedroom that overlooks the living area below and extensive ocean views.

Lofts will feature LCD televisions, separate vanity areas, a guest bathroom downstairs and master bathroom upstairs. In addition to the 25 Crown Loft Suites, the exclusive Royal Loft Suite is available to accommodate six members.


Image: Luxury suite.
Photographs: Courtesy, Royal Caribbean International.
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The Oasis of the Seas will make three visits during its seven-day cruise to St Thomas, St Maarten and Nassau in the Bahamas.

The four-day voyage will go to the Royal Caribbean port resort of Labadee on Haiti.

The ship replaces the Freedom-class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean as the world's largest passenger vessel.

Built by STX Finland, for Royal Caribbean International, this ship promises an unforgettable experience.


Image: An architectural wonder.
Photographs: Courtesy, Royal Caribbean International.
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