Showcasing pictures and videos of world’s biggest cruise ship, Oasis Of The Seas.  5 times bigger than Titanic, weighting a cool 225,000 tonnes and costing an even cooler £800 million, Oasis of the seas is a monster of the sea. It is in fact 40% bigger than any other cruise ship afloat. It has a cool ‘Central Park’ style open air space aboard about size of a football pitch with its own micro-climate and trees. Just look at the pictures and videos of this stunning ship….

The 225,000-tonne leviathan was shown unveiled at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by the US company Royal Caribbean. Here is a video filmed from inside this amazing ship:

Until now, the inside of the 1,187ft long ship, which can carry 6,296 passengers, has been a closely guarded secret as it traveled through the Baltic and across the Atlantic for its launch.

Watching this video below, it makes you wonder how so much weight can float.

View down to Central Park from the sports deck you get some idea of the sheer scale of this amazing cruise ship.

The Opus dining room is a sight to behold with the stunning chandelier the focal point of the room.

The Blaze Nightclub looks a cool place to dance the night away.

The Solarium

The whirlpool

And those with a head for heights, why not try the rock climbing wall…

Chill out by the beach pool area with tasteful sun loungers a plenty, but be quick to bag the best positions if any Germans happen to be on board!

Deckchairs lined up by the Aquatheatre

There are many lounges to relax, eat, drink and socialize whilst you cruise across the ocean to you destination.

The rooms on the Oasis of the Seas are not you typical cruise ship room as these pictures below offering luxury as standard…

The Royal Loft Suite

The Crown Loft Suite: downstairs…

The Crown Loft Suite: upstairs…

The bedroom of the Grand Suite

Each room on Oasis of the Seas has it’s own balcony.

No expense was spared in the interior design of this ship…just check out the seating at the end of the Royal Promenade

Fitness freaks will no doubt be seriously impressed with the equipment and facilities available in the Vitality At Sea Spa and Fitness Centre

As the light goes down, Oasis of the seas comes alight – this is a view of the Board Walk looking down to the Aqua Theatre

Oasis of the Seas, which was built in Finland, is so big its exhaust stack retracts so it can pass under bridges as it travels the world. Its owners claim it is the most technologically advanced cruise ship in the world. Cruising continues to grow in popularity in Britain and America despite the recession with Royal Caribbean building another ship of the same size due to enter service next year.

This represents a £1.6 billion investment in the industry by the company with competitors like P&O and Cunard also expanding their fleets in Britain and America in recent years. However, the recession is biting into the industry with new ship launches dramatically down this year. Royal Caribbean said it has not sold out all its cruises on the new ship.

Despite the downturn, figures from the Passenger Shipping Association project that 1.55 million Britons are expected to take a cruise holiday in 2009 – up from 1.35 million last year. By 2012 it estimated 2.2 million Britons will take a cruise. This is a doubling of the UK cruise industry in 10 years. There will now be a series of further celebrations on board until the ship goes on its first paying cruise on December 1. Prices start from £1,786 for a nine-night eastern Caribbean fly-cruise on board the ship.

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