Korsoer, Denmark – The world’s largest cruise ship, set sail on Sunday, having lower its smokestacks to squeeze under a bridge in Denmark.
The Oasis of the Seas — which rises almost 20 stories high — passed below the Great Belt Fixed Link with the slimmist of margins as it left the Baltic Sea on its maiden voyage to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Bridge operators said that even after lowering its smokestacks the enormous ship had less than a two foot clearance gap.
Oasis of the Seas is nearly 40 percent larger than the cruise industry’s next largest ship at 220,000 tons. Five times larger than the Titanic, with a price tag of close to $1.5 billion, Oasis of the Seas has seven neighborhoods, an ice rink, a small golf course and a 750 seat outdoor amphitheater. It has 2,700 cabins and that can accommodate 6,300 passengers and 2,100 crew members.
Accomodations include new to the industry loft cabins, with floor to ceiling windows, and 1,600 sq ft luxury suites with balconies overlooking the ocean or promenades.
The ship has four swimming pools, volleyball and basketball courts, and a youth zone with theme parks.
Oasis of the Seas features several themed areas on board. One of them will be a tropical environment, including palm trees and vines among the 12,000 plants on board. They will be planted after the ship arrives in Fort Lauderdale.
In the stern, a 750 seat outdoor theater, modeled like an ancient Greek amphitheater, doubles as a swimming pool by day and an ocean front theater by night. The pool has a diving tower with spring boards and 2 thirty-three foot high dive platforms. An indoor amphitheater seats 1,300 guests.
One of the “neighborhoods,” named Central Park, features boutiques, restaurants and bars, including a levitating bar that moves up and down three decks, allowing customers to get on and off at different levels.
The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas is due to make its U.S. debut on Nov. 20 at its home port, Port Everglades in Florida.
Here are some amazing photos of the ship just clearing under the bridge: