Royal Caribbean's new floating city arrived today at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., dwarfing apartment buildings and generally giving hope to a state soon to be deluged by sea level rise. Oasis of the Seas makes the Titanic look like a bath toy. In fact, I'm pretty sure a ship a lot like this one was featured in the movie Wall-E. Here's what Royal Caribbean has to say about it:
"Oasis of the Seas is the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world. An architectural marvel at sea, she spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms ...
"... Oasis of the Seas introduces unique industry 'firsts' including a neighborhood concept - seven main themed areas providing guests with the opportunity to seek out relevant experiences based on their personal style, preference or mood. Within these seven neighborhoods - Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, Pool & Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone - are extraordinary elements such as the first living park at sea; a thrilling zip line that races diagonally nine-decks above an open-air atrium; an original handcrafted carousel; 28 multilevel urban-style loft suites boasting floor-to-ceiling windows; an amphitheater-style theater that serves as a pool by day and a dazzling ocean front theater by night; and an array of epicurean innovations that allow for new culinary experiences each day of a guest's cruise vacation."
Despite having a total lack of interest in cruises, I can't deny that this is truly a jaw-dropper of a ship. But you have to wonder: Where is cruise ship building heading? Is bigger really better? That's seems so, well ... so 1990s. And I'm also wondering why someone would spend time on a floating resort like this when they could shack up at one on terra firma, perhaps in Vegas, at a fraction of the cost? But like I said. I'm not really a cruise ship kind of person.