Oasis of the Seas Arrives in Fort Lauderdale

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    More than 2,000 people paid a visit to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades Friday morning to welcome the 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, which arrived in its new homeport for the first time. Here, the ship is seen cruising along -- it looks huge, even from a distance!

    --Photo is courtesy of Michelle Deen
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    After being delayed by rough seas last week, Oasis of the Seas made its way safely to Port Everglades, where it was welcomed by blue skies, calm waters and an awestruck crowd.

    --Photo is courtesy of Royal Caribbean
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    The first in Royal Caribbean's new Oasis class of ships, Oasis of the Seas is five times the size of Titanic. The 16-deck behemoth seems to dwarf buildings in Fort Lauderdale as it sails into port, where it was welcomed Friday by several smaller vessels, which sounded their horns and sprayed water into the air.

    --Photo is courtesy of Royal Caribbean
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    Member Joe Regner (Thameth) headed to the 17th Street Causeway Bridge at 6:30 a.m. to capture the moment of Oasis' arrival. "The atmosphere was amazing! The ship was taking up the whole of the inlet. There were about 35 to 40 people on this side of the bridge and another 35 to 40 on the other side."

    --Photo is courtesy of Joe Regner (Thameth)
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    Oasis of the Seas looms over onlookers as it sails into Port Everglades on Friday morning. Finishing touches, including Central Park's greenery, will now be added with the help of cranes and a large, highly organized crew of workers.

    --Photo is courtesy of member InletCam
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    Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., awaits the arrival of the line's newest, largest and most innovative ship.

    --Photo is courtesy of Joan Belenson
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    Everyone wanted a great viewing spot as the ship sailed through the inlet -- even the crew! Note how tiny they look! Member InletCam, who lives within viewing distance of Port Everglades, captured a lot of great footage with his Webcam.

    --Photo is courtesy of InletCam
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    Royal Caribbean reports that thousands of spectators were on hand along the waterfront to welcome Oasis to Fort Lauderdale. But, quite a few people onboard came out to see all the fun from the opposite vantage point.

    --Photo is courtesy of Joan Belenson
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    People onboard look like ants as they stand at the rear of Oasis of the Seas. Also visible is the ship's rock-climbing wall.

    --Photo is courtesy of member RoyalCruiser2007
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    Oasis of the Seas will now call Fort Lauderdale home, as it begins sailing Caribbean voyages with an inaugural cruise on December 1. The official naming ceremony will take place on November 30.

    --Photo is courtesy of member RoyalCruiser2007
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