4 December 2009
This morning I was looking at the internet story about the first revenue sailing of the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas on Saturday. For some reason they wanted to make comparisons to the Titanic—even though the Oasis if four times larger and packed with 21st century safety equipment.
There’s little doubt the Oasis will have it fans and its detractors. Fans included those who were enamored about the ship’s seven different neighborhoods, it’s full length zip line, its open air aqua theatre and its indoor balconies. The detractors just couldn’t get over its size. They didn’t think it looked attractive, and they were aghast at having to rub shoulders with 6,000 other passengers. However, from the general tone, these were folks who don’t like cruising even if they ever took one!
Remember the introduction of the first 747 when no airport was thought to be able to handle them, nor could they deal with the more than 300 passengers the giant jet could carry. Somehow it all worked out and travel by 747 or its even larger airbus competitor is now routine. The same can be said for the Oasis, because Royal Caribbean has spent more than a billion dollar in building and planning for the ship’s entry into service. Sure they may have a few hiccups, but their plan looks like a good one for handling any potential problem.
Welcome to the Oasis, we’ll be getting a first hand report on introduction activities at the Cruise Holidays of Woodinville store at 6PM on December 8th by the Pacific Northwest Regional Sales director for RCI, Vikki Knudsen. Space is still available for this event.