If you’re planning to save up for the ultimate luxury cruise, why not go all the way and set your sights on the Oasis of the Seas? Of course, you’ll want to know the numbers. At over 225,000 tons, 1,181 feet long, and 198 feet wide, the Oasis is the largest cruise ship in the world. It rises 236 feet high with a total of 16 decks and a total capacity of over 6,000 guests. Just for comparison, the Statue of Liberty is 151 feet. Currently, the Oasis is the only one of its size in operation, but that’ll change at the end of the year when the Allure of the Seas is completed.Royal Caribbean International is the proud owner of these ocean-going behemoths. Before 2009, the Freedom of the Seas was the largest ship in existence, and if you’re all right with going second-best, it’s still in operation, with a signature H2O Zone featuring water cannons, sculptures, a waterfall, and a “lazy river” water attraction for whiling away the days.However, Royal Caribbean has recently been upping the temptation factor by adding attractions to their Oasis ships as well. The culinary star of both ships is the restaurant 150 Central Park. Up-and-coming chefs can submit their original recipe for a shot at a one-year paid contract of the new ship’s Chef de Cuisine. The new Allure ship will also feature an onboard musical, Chicago, along with a 3-D movie screen and Rita’s Cantina, a blend of Mexican and Southern California flavors.When you travel on one of these ships, you’re practically travelling with your own hoteland surrounding area. The Allure features seven themed “neighborhoods” like Central Park, the Pool and Sports Zone, and Entertainment Place. If you have the ambition (and the dough), then set your sights on this majestic trip and prepare for the cruise of a lifetime.
Cruises on July 22nd, 2010.