Friday, November 6, 2009

Oasis Delayed

Royal Caribbean announced that Oasis of the Seas' grand arrival into Ft. Lauderdale is going to be delayed.

The strong winds and high seas it is encountering while crossing the Atlantic have delayed its arrival by two days from Wednesday until Friday morning, November 13.

Yes, that's the 13th, Friday the 13th. Could that be an omen?

The heavy sea conditions were shown in yesterday's video blog:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Spooky Goings On Aboard Queen Victoria

Seeing amazingly carved melons on cruise ships isn't unusual. But if you combine that with pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns and Halloween, and then then you make it into a competition between the master carvers on a ship to see who can carve the most elaborate Halloween pumpkin, you have something quite outstanding. That's what happened aboard Cunard's Queen Victoria, according to cruise director Alistair Greener's blog, We Are Cunard. The blog shows photos of the host of unusual creations displayed in the ship's atrium.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Oasis Passes Milestone on Trip to US

Oasis of the Seas has passed a rather important milestone on its deadhead delivery cruise from the shipyard in Finland to its public debut in Ft. Lauderdale next week. Yesterday it passed under the Great Belt bridge in Denmark (actually 7pm Saturday night Eastern US time). It had only two feet to spare, even after lowering its smokestacks into the funnel. A check of the map will show why transit under this bridge is so important.

Some of the better coverage we've seen, with the better pictures was in London's Daily Mail and in the Associated Press (be sure to click the link at the side of the article for pictures).

Update 10:30am - Royal Caribbean now has released this interesting video hosted by Capt Bill Wright which shows the event: