Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Cruise News
Home > Cruise News Archive > British Invasion: Photos from Oasis of the Seas' U.K. Debut
Date Published: November 2, 2009
More current news for Royal Caribbean International:
Royal Caribbean Delays Roll Out of Dynamic Dining to More Cruise Ships

Royal Caribbean International Profile and Reviews
Latest Cruise News Headlines
British Invasion: Photos from Oasis of the Seas' U.K. Debut
Oasis of the Seas -- now the world's largest cruise ship, some 40 percent larger than Southampton-based Independence of the Seas -- made its U.K. debut today during a brief technical stop in the Solent. Approximately 300 workers, who've been putting the finishing touches on the ship, were tendered ashore before the ship continues across the Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale.

As we reported last week, the folks at Royal Caribbean were a bit tight-lipped with the details (where the ship would stop, and when). We knew it would not be coming in alongside Southampton, and would offer only a tantalising glimpse from afar rather than the usual port-side fanfare -- but U.K. Editor Kelly Ranson hit the road anyway, with a hot tip and high hopes of catching a glimpse of the ship from the Lee-on-Solent area.

Not surprisingly, we weren't alone. Stationed in a car park opposite the Isle of Wight, we waited for Oasis of the Seas to glide into view just as night began to fall, and chatted with dozens of other folks (armed with binoculars, cameras and Thermoses full of tea!) braving the blustery winds -- and that's just at one of many viewing points along this stretch of waterfront. Locals, ship fanatics and those just passing by all made the stop to see just what the fuss was about.

Check out a few first impressions and new photos in our slideshow!

Cool Tool: Follow Oasis' Progress on Google Maps

Fan Cruise Critic on Facebook!
Follow Cruise Critic on Twitter!

Cruise News Headlines
More Royal Caribbean International News
Royal Caribbean International Reviews
Royal Caribbean International Deals

About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.