Gross Tonnage: 225,000
Guest Capacity: 5,400 double occupancy
Staterooms : 2,700
Decks: 16 high
Length: 1,186.5 feet
Max Beam: 213′
Draft: 30 feet
Cruising Speed: 22.6 knots
Ship’s Registry: Bahamas
Entered Service: December, 2009
Last Refurbished: October, 2014
One of the largest ships in the world Oasis of the Seas makes an impression even before you board. Dwarfing its counterparts at Port Everglades, the mega-ship looms like a condo building or perhaps an office park.
With the Flow Riders, H2O Zone, Boardwalk and incredible age-specific children’s facilities, Oasis of the Seas is an obvious choice for families. However, the ship also appeals to active couples and groups, mainly in their 30s to 50s. While the majority of passengers hail from North America, many international travelers from Europe and South America are also onboard, with up to 2,000 in the winter months.
Seven-night cruises have two formal nights and five casual nights; formal night is only applicable in the three main dining rooms. Although there is a tuxedo rental shop onboard, very few men choose to wear them, with dark suits or simply a sport coat and tie becoming the norm. Women are typically found in cocktail dresses, maxi sundresses or gowns.
Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $14.50 per person, per day ($17.50 for those in suites). Gratuities can be prepaid or will be added on a daily basis to passengers’ SeaPass accounts during the cruise. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk while onboard. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs and spa treatments. The onboard currency is the U.S. dollar, and currency exchange is available at Guest Services.