Oasis of the Seas to Visit Southampton in 2014

Oasis-of-the-SeasThe world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, will offer cruises in Europe for the first time in autumn 2014, including making its first ever port of call into Southampton on 15 October 2014.

Accommodating 6,400 guests at total capacity, Oasis of the Seas is longer than four football pitches, wider than almost six London buses parked end-to-end, and is a huge 225,282 Gross Registered Tons. When Oasis of the Seas arrives in Southampton, it will be 40 per cent larger than any other cruise ship to ever dock in the UK and will join two further Royal Caribbean International cruise ships based in the port.

Oasis of the Seas will leave Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, its home port since December 2009, on 1 September 2014 on a 12-night eastbound transatlantic cruise to Barcelona. The world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship will offer a series of cruises from the Spanish port – two five-night roundtrip Western Mediterranean sailings and a seven-night sailing to Rotterdam – before heading to dry-dock in the Képpel Verolme shipyard in the Netherlands for routine maintenance.

The ship will return to Port Everglades on a 13-night westbound transatlantic cruise on 14 October 2014, departing from Rotterdam inOasis_Aqua_Theater the Netherlands and calling into Southampton on 15 October 2014 where UK guests can join the ship to sail across the Atlantic.

Jo Rzymowska, associate vice president and general manager, Royal Caribbean International, UK and Ireland, explains:

Oasis of the Seas sailing from Southampton is going to be the hottest ticket in town. Bringing the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship to Europe, and specifically the UK and Southampton, is testament to how much the cruise industry has grown. When Oasis of the Seas was launched, the ship was a real game-changer for the cruise industry and it continues to be one of the most innovative holiday resorts in the world. Royal Caribbean International is proud to have a long heritage of ships calling in and based from Southampton and we’re very excited to add Oasis of the Seas to this.”

With a range of exclusive features onboard such as its very own Central Park, Oasis of the Seas has a real outdoor park about the size of a football pitch filled with more than 12,000 real trees and plants, an 82 foot-long zip wire, a hand-crafted carousel, a huge open air theatre – the AquaTheater – rock climbing walls and surf simulators. The ship features 16 decks packed full of activities and entertainment including the West End hit, Hairspray, huge open air spaces and more activities for families than have ever been seen at sea before.

rci_oasis_aerial007The UK cruise industry continues to perform well and in 2012 over 1.7 million Brits took a cruise – the highest it has ever been, with one in eight of all package holidays taken as a cruise. According to industry statistics released by the Passenger Shipping Association in the last year there was a ten per cent increase in holidaymakers embarking on cruise ships in a UK port of call.

Ship owner, Royal Caribbean International, is also hopeful that Oasis of the Seas will deliver a positive impact for the city of Southampton.

The first ever European season and UK based cruise of Oasis of the Seas will go on sale on 11 April 2013.

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

17 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the ship , and how could I manage to see this ship live.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know which way the oasis will be sailing out of Southampton? West or east ?

  3. Dale says:

    Does anyone know what time it leaves Southampton so we can watch from the Solent?

    1. CruiseMiss says:

      I have it down as midnight, Dale.

  4. caroline bailey says:

    is there any thing going to happen whilst oasis is in dock?
    any celebrations? what time is she leaving Southampton?

    1. CruiseMiss says:

      Hi Caroline 🙂 I don’t think any celebrations are planned and as far as I know, she doesn’t sail until midnight! That may change, but that is the info I have at present.

  5. Anonymous says:

    cant wait to go see this ship i can honestly say that royal carribean has it all when cruising went on the independence of the seas was absolutely breathe taking and would advise every person to take a cruise with them staff were amazing and couldnt do enough for u but oasis is a monster of a ship ill be at southampton on the 14th to be ready for her in all her glory as she comes in on the 15th at 10am i have heard

  6. Anonymous says:

    We have just been on a fantastic cruise on oasis absolutely fantastic can’t wait to sail on her again

  7. Shirley Lane says:

    Does anyone know what time it will dock? I know it depends on tides. Also can you get a day pass to go onboard?

  8. dennis maina says:

    It’s greatness ship ever build,

  9. It is great news that Royal Caribbean will be bringing Oasis of the Seas to Southampton on October 15, 2014. It will be a fantastic opportunity for members of the travel trade and media to visit the worlds largest cruise ship. It will also generate a lot of interest in the Oasis-class vessels.

  10. Gemma says:

    My husband and I were wishing this would happen. Our dreams have come true 🙂 so happy and excited. Thank you RC

  11. Ben Montgomery says:

    This is fantastic news. Albeit if Oasis of the Seas is only in Southampton for just a day! I wonder if we can expect the same thing to happen with Allure of the Seas in 2015… 😉

  12. To big for me Ventura was bad enough.

  13. Ann Brine says:

    That’s a long way to bring a ship for routine maintenance!

  14. i have been waiting for oasis to come to southampton,you see,i dont like flying,and my friend and i have always wanted to cruise on the oasis,we have been on the independance three times and loved it very much,looking forward to seeing it.

    1. Anonymous says:

      im buzzing to see her truly cant wait and to think shes always in the carribean is to far for some to travel so looking for the allure of the seas from barcelona for next year maybe

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