|The Oasis of the Seas docks in Port Everglades where every Saturday|
by 6am, semi-trucks unload 750 pallets of food, flowers and supplies.
(all photos: Barbara P. Fernandez/WSJ)
- Five times as large as the Titanic.
- Population during a seven-day Caribbean sailing is larger than many American small towns.
- More than 8,600 are on board when fully booked including staff.
- As long as five Airbus A380 airplanes.
- Includes a small-scale imitation of New York's Central Park surrounded by some of the ship's 24 restaurants.
- Three smokestacks can retract to pass under the bridges.
- Includes a helicopter landing pad for emergencies.
- The ship has a jail where lawbreakers are held until the ship can reach port.
- Entertainment options includes a carousel.
- 700 tons of new supplies are loaded each Saturday.
- Guests consume about 20 gallons of maraschino cherries and 80,000 bottles of bear.
- Activity spots include two rock climbing walls, a zip line and surf machines.
- Competitor Carnival Corp compares the ship to the Mall of America.
- The ship is too big to dock in popular spots such as Venice and Bermuda.
- The outdoor Aqua Show is cancelled about once a week due to rough seas.
- Dozens of people and 18 robots wash windows each day.
- The laundry room hums 24-hours a day with 34 crew members.
- 20,000 pieces of linen such as towels, table cloths and sheets are washed daily.
- Three doctors are on board.
- An intensive care unit can keep one peers at a time on life support.
- One of ship's doctor reports that ever few weeks a passengers has a heart attack.
- During a seven-day sailing, the medical staff dispenses about 2,000-3,000 meclizine (a drug that treats seasickness).
- 200 crew members are dedicated to entertaining passengers.
- 26 kitchens feed the thousands on board.
- Each Saturday trucks unload about 750 pallets of food, flowers and supplies on to the ship.
- Supplies are fluctuated: When more Germans are on board, extra pork is ordered; Americans tend to favor chicken and beef; in the summer when lots of families sail, more ingredients for Caesar salad is needed.
- To prevent disease, food storage, food preparation and actual cooking are done in separate areas.
- Weights 225,282 tons.
- Three Azipods (giant propellers) under the ship's belly can rotate 360 degrees.
|Where's Julie McCoy: The cruise director manages a 200-member |
staff who work in entertainment on the ship.
|The ship's recycling center.|
|Top loaded alcoholic drinks: (in order) Corona, Budweiser and Bud Light.|
|Common area inside the ship where guests enjoy food and drinks.|
|One of the three doctors on board.|
|The ship pulling out of the Port Everglades.|