Cruise NewsWorld's 3 Largest Cruise Ships Meet for the First Time

World’s 3 Largest Cruise Ships Meet for the First Time

The three largest cruise ships ever built, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, met for the first time yesterday for an epic photo shoot off of the coast of South Florida.

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Each of these Oasis class ships are more than 225,000 gross tons each, more than 5 1/2 times the size of the Titanic. At a total cost of over $4 billion, each vessel can carry more than 6,000 passengers on 16 passenger decks.

The Oasis class ships are architectural and engineering marvels, boasting industry-changing and unexpected onboard experiences. Each ship features seven themed neighborhoods – a distinctive feature of the Oasis-class ships – and a number of spectacular features, adventures and thrills, including the lush and tranquil Central Park with nearly 12,000 plants and trees, FlowRider surf simulators; a thrilling zip line 82 foot long that races guests nine-decks in the air, luxurious multi-level loft suites with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, the outdoor AquaTheater that hosts dazzling high-diving, aquatic and acrobatic performances, a Boardwalk with a hand-carved carousel, and The Rising Tide Bar, the first moving bar at sea.

The newest and youngest of the three ships, Harmony of the Seas, officially claimed the title of world’s largest cruise ship, beating her sisters by a mere foot in length and nearly 1,700 gross registered tons. The ship features a bold lineup of new thrilling experiences, imaginative dining, unparalleled entertainment and the latest technology, including VOOM, the fastest internet at sea. Harmony combines the iconic seven neighborhood concept with some of the most modern and groundbreaking amenities and offerings that will appeal to guests of all ages.

From The Ultimate Abyss, a dramatic 10-story tall slide, to unparalleled entertainment including Broadway’s hit musical Grease, sophisticated dining in venues ranging from Jamie’s Italian Cuisine by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to Royal Caribbean’s whimsical restaurant Wonderland, which is a unique culinary adventure for the senses, and robot bartenders, there is an adventure for everyone onboard Harmony of the Seas.

Oasis of the Seas will now homeport in Port Canaveral and sail week long cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Allure of the Seas will continue to sail out of Port Everglades each Sunday and also sail to the Caribbean.  Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest and largest ship, will take the place of Oasis of the Seas and sail round trip cruises to the Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale every Saturday.


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Ben Souza
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Cruise NewsWorld's 3 Largest Cruise Ships Meet for the First Time


  1. I was on Harmony of the Seas to enjoy this moment!! I’ll be posting my own pictures and videos I took onboard (to Facebook, Youtube, or both!)

  2. Is there somewhere I can download high resolution versions of these photos? They would be awesome desktops.

  3. You can have the fanciest ship, but if its crew specializes in the hostility industry instead of the hospitality industry, all your investments in your new ships will be for naught.

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