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November 20, 2009

The giant awaits – first look at Oasis of the Seas

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My pal Michele and I got up real early to catch a JetBlue flight to Fort Lauderdale at 6 a.m.. But that’s the kind of sacrifice you make to be among the first to get on the newest world’s larges cruise ship.

Oasis of the Seas is five times the size of the Titanic, a whopping three football fields in length. And the Royal Caribbean ship will carry more than 6,200 passengers (when you include families with kids, which will no doubt be attracted by features that include an onboard amusement park).

Heck, I’m really looking forward to trying the onboard merry-go-round myself and maybe the zipline across the top deck too (if I can get up the courage).

The ship has a Central Park with grass and trees, and I expect my credit cards to start buzzing in the Royal Promenade, outfitted with a bunch of shops.

We’ll be boarding with other invitees on the pre-inagural, two-day sailing to nowhere this afternoon. So stay tuned for reports.

November 18, 2009

Godmothers are a WOW for World’s biggest Oasis of the Seas

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OK, I know my draw will drop on Friday when I’m one of the first to see the world’s largest ship, the 5,400-passenger, 225,282-ton Oasis of the Seas on a pre-inaugural cruise from Fort Lauderdale. And it’s in fact it’s dropping already over Royal Caribbean’s just-announced list of the ship’s godmothers – yes, godmothers, as in seven, representing the seven “neighborhoods” on this mammoth, aircraft carrier-sized cruise ship. And what a seven they are!

We’re talking Gloria Estefan – the Miami-based diva herself (who was also godmother of Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas years ago); Olympic skating medalist, figure skater Michelle Kwan; Emmy-winning actress Jane Seymour (who I have actually met before at a wedding of an actor relative, but that’s another story); Olympic medalist swimmer Dara Torres; Shawn Johnson, four-time Olympic gymnastics medalist; Aaa Knight Pullman (Rudy on “The Cosby Show”); and TV personality Daisy Fuentes.

The ladies will take their posts to smash the champagne bottle (or maybe it will be bottles) during a one-night inaugural celebration/fundraiser to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, I’ll be onboard this weekend checking out the Central Park with real grass and trees, the Boardwalk with the first merry-go-round at sea, the super big interior Royal Promenade, the high-diving acrobatics at the deep-water pool and all the other WOW features of this ship. So stay tuned for reports.

October 29, 2009

Oasis arrives and Disney Dreams

Last night I dreamed about being on a cruise ship with the Pirates of the Caribbean (my favorite ride at Walt Disney World). No, I do not ordinarily dream about Disney (though I will confess to some dreaming about pirates, aye aye captain). But today I head to New York to hear what Disney Cruise Line has in store for its two new cruise ships, the first of which, the Disney Dream, is under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, and due to debut in 2011.

Because we’re talking Disney, there are rumors of course – like that the ships will boast a huge amount of space both indoors and outdoors dedicated to kids. Whether that’s true and what will be in that space (grass? rides? pirates?) is top secret.

Meanwhile, the world’s largest by far cruise ship Oasis of the Seas was officially delivered to Royal Caribbean yesterday in Finland. That means the final payment of the $1.9 billion was made, and the ship is soon to head across the Atlantic for its official debut in Miami on Nov. 20. And yes, I plan to be in Miami too getting a first look.

The Oasis is bigger than a bread basket – in fact as big as an aircraft carrier – with 220,000 tons of space to explore along with the 5,400 other passengers.

I’m packing heels for New York and Disney. For Oasis, I think I’ll bring sneakers.

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