Oasis Class Ships Meet

(12.30 p.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean's three Oasis-class ships, the largest cruise ships in the world, met for the first time yesterday.

The three megaships -- Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the line's newest ship, Harmony of the Seas, came together off Fort Lauderdale.

The three record-breaking sisters -- which together carry more than 16,000 passengers -- joined up to celebrate the U.S. arrival of Harmony of the Seas on the eve of the ship's debut in its new permanent homeport of Port Everglades.

Harmony snatched the title of largest cruise ship in the world from its elder sister, Allure, when it launched in May -- by one foot and 1,700 tons.

Harmony of the Seas carries 5,479 passengers and weighs in at 227,000 tons. It debuted in Southampton in May, spent summer in Barcelona and just completed its first Transatlantic crossing yesterday.

--By Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor