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World's largest cruise ship in UK - what you need to know

17 October 2014 11:27

Oasis of the Seas arrives in Southampton

Oasis of the Seas arrives in Southampton

The world's largest cruise ship has departed Southampton after visiting the UK for the first time - here's what you need to know about the Oasis of the Seas.

What is the Oasis of the Seas?

The Oasis of the Seas is the latest vessel from cruise giant Royal Caribbean. It is officially the largest cruise ship in the world and has now set off on its maiden voyage to Spain and then Florida.

Just how big is it?

Oasis of the Seas is 40% bigger than any vessel to ever dock in the UK. It holds 6,360 passengers and is 5 times longer than a Boeing 747 jet. It's also around half as tall as the London Eye. It measures 1,187ft long and weighs 25,282 tonnes. It took 3 years to build. It is 5 times bigger than the QE2.

What can passengers do on board?

Loads. Passengers can choose from 25 restaurants. Among the cuisine on offer are Italian, Japanese and bistro food - there's even an option where each table has its own chef.

Passengers are unlikely to be left bored - there's a rock climbing wall, surfing and a zipline for the more adventurous, and spa treatments for those after something more relaxing. With such adventurous activities on offer travellers should arrange cruise travel insurance before departing for their trip.

There's a 750-seat arena for watching high-octane diving, as well as basketball courts and mini-golf.

A few interesting facts

• The ship's decorators got through 630,000 gallons of paint

• Its swimming pools are filled with 2,300 gallons of water.

• There are 3,300 miles of electrical cable running through the vessel

The ship was built in Turkey and first launched in 2009.