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November 23, 2009
Oasis of the Seas
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The world's largest cruise ship has arrived in South Florida. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s 16-deck Oasis of the Seas docked Friday at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. It set sail from Finland to Florida in late October. The massive $1.5 billion vessel is nearly 40 percent larger than the industry's next-biggest ship and five times larger than the Titanic. It has 2,700 cabins and can accommodate 6,300 passengers and 2,100 crew members. The ship also features various "neighborhoods" -- parks, squares and arenas with special themes. One of them will be a tropical environment that will include palm trees. The Oasis of the Seas will embark on its first cruise on Dec. 5. Hundreds of onlookers turned out to greet the ship from shore. (25 images)

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Royal Caribbean sports staff member Colin Kerr tries out one of two surf simulators on board the world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas docked at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. The Finnish built 225,282-ton ship owned by Royal Caribbean International is set for its debut voyage in the Caribbean Dec. 1. Fifteen decks house 4 main swimming pools, a park promenade, surf simulators, rock climbing, and miniature golf. AP / Hans Deryk


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Royal Caribbean International's newest cruise ship, the highly-anticipated Oasis of the Seas, makes her U.S. debut into her homeport of Port Everglades Friday, Nov. 13, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Sun Sentinel / Amy Beth Bennett



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The world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas is seen docked at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. AP / Hans Deryk



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One of the pools on board the world's largest and newest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, is seen at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. AP / Hans Deryk



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Savannah Vitello, left, and Stephanie Dorazio take in the sun on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Florida. Oasis of the Seas is the world's biggest and newest cruise ship. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A zip-line is one of the sports activities on the world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas docked at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. AP / Hans Deryk



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The area between the elevators is seen on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Florida. Oasis of the Seas is the world's biggest and newest cruise ship. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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People take in the sights as they walk around on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Florida. Oasis of the Seas is the world's biggest and newest cruise ship. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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The world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas is seen docked at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. AP / Hans Deryk



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Caran Popowitz enjoys her drink on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Florida. Oasis of the Seas is the world's biggest and newest cruise ship. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A boardwalk theme with carousel and carnival theme on board the world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas docked at Port Everglades is seen in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. AP / Hans Deryk



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Sarah Behle takes a photograph of her daughter, Hayden Behle ,5, on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Fla. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A person rides the elevators on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Fla. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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People sit at a restaurant on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Fla. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A person takes in the sights from the balcony of a stateroom on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Fla. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A piano is seen in one of the suites on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Fla. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Kimberly Kane, left, and Rachel Kessinger take photographs as they admire the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Fla. Oasis of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean, is the world biggest and newest passenger cruise ship. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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People ride the carousel on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Fla. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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People take in the sights as they walk around on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Florida. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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Live greenery, trees and tropical plants are among the features of Central Park, a football field sized promenade on board the world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas docked at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. AP / Hans Deryk



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A two-story crown loft suite with two-story window and balcony on board the world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas docked at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. AP / Hans Deryk



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The world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas is seen docked at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. AP / Hans Deryk



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Anissa Dean, left, and Jasmyn Liedke enjoy their pool side drinks on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Florida. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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The cruise ship Oasis of the Seas is seen on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Florida. Oasis of the Seas is the world's biggest and newest cruise ship. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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A life preserver is seen on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 20, in Port Everglades, Florida. Oasis of the Seas is the world's biggest and newest cruise ship. Getty Images / Joe Raedle



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