Big News For My Local Port Canaveral

I just read the great news on the front page of Florida Today newspaper.  RCCL has just announced that it is basing one of the two largest ships in the world at Port Canaveral.  The Oasis will be offering seven-night Eastern & Western itineraries from Port Canaveral in the winter of 2016-2017.  This, of course, is the largest ship ever based at our port.  Ever since RCCL agreed to partner with Port Canaveral to build the new Cruise Terminal l, there has been speculation that an Oasis-class ship would be moved here.  The Oasis is replacing the Freedom of the Seas which has performed well here in Port Canaveral.  The Oasis, at full capacity carries 6,360.  It has a crew of 2,394.  The Freedom of the Seas at full capacity can carry 4,515.  This move will naturally raise Port Canaveral's passenger figures.  The Oasis is my favorite ship. The Freedom, by the way,  will move to Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale.)  


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We sailed on Freedom of the Seas from Port Canaveral in 2013 and will do so again later this year, 2015. It was one of our better embarkation experiences. We only stopped walking through the process when we were with the agent showing credit card and getting our security photographs taken. We barely slowed down going through the initial security check. This terminal had ample capacity for Freedom of the Seas and the efficient processes and professional staff to take advantage of that capacity. It seems to be well ready for a larger passenger complement based on what we experienced.

BIG news is right! Big Smile

On January 3rd we pulled out of Fort Lauderdale on the Coral Princess, about 6:00 PM, directly ahead of us in the channel was

the Ruby Princess and the Caribbean Princess, as we got into line another ship pulled in behind us, the "Oasis of the Seas", my gosh what a huge ship, blotted out the sun, almost anyway. And right behind the Oasis came two more giants. In all our years of sailing, never saw anything like that. Trying to post a picture of the Oasis as she came toward us, she was backing out.


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