Just two weeks ago, Cruise Critic learnt that Royal Caribbean's 220,000-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas was penciled in to call at Southampton on November 8, 2009, just before its official debut in Ft. Lauderdale. However, a quick look today at the port's calendar shows that Oasis has since disappeared from the lineup.
As we reported previously, the schedule on Southampton's Web site is purely provisional and all listed calls are subject to change. So on one hand, there's nothing dubious about the potential call having been removed from the calendar. On the other hand, under that same logic, the call could be added back at any time -- good news for Brits hoping to catch a glimpse of the behemoth.
Steven Young, the deputy port manager for the Port of Southampton, tells us via e-mail: "We took her off the Web site because the call was uncertain and could change. However, it is not the case that it is definitely not calling -- so fingers crossed!"
Indeed, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman confirms that just because the potential call was removed from Southampton's calendar does not mean a stop in the U.K. has been ruled out. Nothing has been finalised.
The calendar originally listed the mega-ship as scheduled to call from noon until 5 p.m. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, if Oasis does indeed come to Southampton, what types of festivities should be planned?
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--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor, and Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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No Oasis of the Seas Visit for Southampton After All?
February 25, 2009