Oasis of the Seas might just be the exception to the rule when it comes to something being too big for its own good. Six years in the making and with not even a year at sea since its maiden voyage from Turku, Finland to Miami, Royal Caribbean’s $1.5 billion vessel is the largest passenger ship in the world, standing 16 decks tall, 1,200 feet long, and 220,000 gross tons, with a capacity of 6,200. And that’s just the passengers.
It all became clear on a clear Saturday morning in August when we were invited for a private tour with Frank Weber, vice president of food and beverage. The ship was turning over for a new voyage that day, with the hustle and bustle of boarding and provisioning. The energy was palpable.