The Third Oasis-Class Cruise Ship Should Sail…

November 1, 2012 | By | 6 Comments

There isn’t a vessel around that commands the “floating island” cliché like the 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis-class twins, which are some 40 percent larger than the next biggest cruise ships and feature at-sea Central Parks, Boardwalks, zip-lining and AquaTheaters.
But these destinations unto themselves still cruise somewhere — six Caribbean ports capable of docking the beasts — and so too will Oasis III, the mega-mega-mega-ship Royal Caribbean admitted last week could launch in 2016.

Not surprisingly, Cruise Critic readers were ready with suggestions. In a message boards poll, a quarter of respondents voted that Oasis III should set up shop in the Mediterranean. These days, some 50 percent of Royal Caribbean’s passengers are internationally sourced, with the majority of those coming from Europe. Barcelona is capable of handling the sea monster, but a handful of other ports would have to make modifications in the next few years — Royal Caribbean has made it clear that Oasis and tender shall never be wed.
A quarter voted “somewhere else,” which we took to mean the Caribbean, current playground of Oasis of Seas and Allure of the Seas. Many readers were quite confident that one of the triplets would move north from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral, which has been spending big to ready itself for Oasis-size ships. “Honestly, with people a paying a premium for the same Eastern/Western Caribbean itinerary, why should [Royal Caribbean] change anything?” mused Palmetto Pilot.
A lot can change in the next four years. Other readers suggested that by 2016, one of the threesome would head for the Far East — a burgeoning market Royal is salivating over — where it could cruise from Singapore. A handful of ports would have plenty of time to ramp up the infrastructure.
If the Northeast continues its ascent, perhaps Cape Liberty, the New Jersey homeport used by Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, could welcome an Oasis-class ship for part of the year. (No one would argue that the current duo, with their focus on outdoor, foliage-filled spaces, are designed for the Caribbean. Year-round NY/NJ would be out of the question without weather-related ship modifications.)
Are we ready for this? More than a few Oasis-class vets felt the ship would do quite well without any ports. “The Oasis class ships are a destination unto themselves,” bmdlover said. “How about a wonderful trip across the Atlantic, with no ports or distractions?”
Finally, there might be a new homeport on the horizon: “By my house,” rwdnj offered.
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— The top photo is the first rendering from Royal Caribbean’s Project Genesis ships, which ultimately were named Oasis and Allure.
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    6 Responses to “The Third Oasis-Class Cruise Ship Should Sail…”

    1. H. Cocchi
      November 2nd, 2012 @ 8:35 am

      Why doesn’t RCL consider Cape May or Lewes Delaware as potential sites. There are no bridges to fear and it would make the; no fly prople very happy to be able to cruise on one of these ships.

    2. Paulc2
      November 2nd, 2012 @ 9:27 am

      Having a Oasis class ship up north would be great. I live just south of Boston and airfare to Florida is to high most times. I wish RCCL would bring a ship like the Brilliance up to Boston and do a run like to Key West and back. I like staying on the ships anyway because i’ve been to the islands 30+ times and just enjoy being on the ships.

    3. Dick Smith
      November 2nd, 2012 @ 10:50 am

      So there is another world outside the ‘Great USA’. Open your eyes to the wider world. Paulc2 you appear to hate flying by cost. So do I if I have to fly across to join one of ‘your’ ships.Base one in the USA (fight among yourselves where she would be based), one in the Med and one in Singapore, perfect solution (But also build another to serve the Antipodes).
      At the end of the day though there is no way you will see me on any of them. They are too big,can’t get in the smaller intimate ports especially if RCCL refuse to use tenders and oh, god forbid the leviathans are hit by the norovirus bug. I can just see it now all those claims for compensation going in.

    4. Dave85
      November 2nd, 2012 @ 11:36 am

      I don’t think an Oasis class ship could fit under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, ruling out NYC or Cape Liberty in NJ… As much as I’d like her to come up here!

    5. Kate
      November 3rd, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

      I think Asia is a perfect fit for the mega ships. It makes sense for the company- the market there is huge! They don’t need many ports of call just keep the casino open and the entertainment flowing and they will be filled to capacity year round by Asians and Australians who will take to it in droves! I would vote Singapore, Bangkok and a Japan port.

    6. Zach
      August 5th, 2013 @ 11:00 am

      Oasis class ships could never do northern itineraries due to central park. I just got off Allure yesterday, and the herbologist on board said that the cold would kill the tropical plant life. I see it doing med or asia cruises.

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