World's Largest Cruise Ship Coming to UK and Europe for First Time

March 27, 2013
Viking Embla (6 a.m. EST) -- The world's largest cruise ship will make its debut call in Southampton in October 2014, as revealed by Cruise Business Review yesterday (Tue. 26).

Royal Caribbean's 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger 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. It will offer two five-night round-trip cruises from the Spanish port, followed by a seven-night sailing to Rotterdam.

Oasis will then head into dry dock in the Netherlands for routine maintenance for two weeks, departing from Rotterdam on 14 October and calling at Southampton the next day. The ship will return to its home port of Port Everglades on a 12-night westbound transatlantic cruise on 15 October, where U.K. passengers can join the ship to sail across the Atlantic.

Jo Rzymowska, associate vice president and general manager, Royal Caribbean International, U.K. and Ireland, said: "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 U.K. 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.”

Oasis of the Seas is the largest passenger ship in the world alongside its sister Allure of the Seas.

It will be 40 percent larger than any other cruise ship to ever dock in the U.K. and will join two further Royal Caribbean International ships based in the port, Independence of the Seas and sister brand Celebrity Cruises' Eclipse.

Check out a video about Oasis' visit:

The first ever European season and UK based cruise of Oasis of the Seas will go on sale on 11 April 2013. --by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor