Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is one of the largest cruise ships ever built at 225,000 gross tons. Arriving in narrow Caribbean ports such as St. Thomas can be daunting. The cruise ship is 1,187 feet long, 215 feet wide, and the vessel goes 30 feet below the water surface.
With narrow water ways, sailboats anchored in the harbor, a tight turn and just six feet of clearance below the keel, the water around this popular port is one of the most difficult to maneuver. But thanks to an expert marine team using the industry’s leading technology, arriving is just another day at the office for the Oasis of the Seas crew.
With a local pilot offering his expertise on the currents and local marine environment, and powerful bow thrusters which gives the captain the control he needs to pull the 1,187-foot ship, this is nothing but smooth sailing.
Royal Caribbean has released the following video giving us an inside look at what it takes to dock this massive cruise ship in St. Thomas.