World’s Largest Ships Meet For The First Time

OASIS and ALLURE OF THE SEAS meet on Nov. 13, 2010. Photo courtesy RCCL.

After successfully completing a transatlantic crossing from the STX Shipyard in Turku, Finland, the brand new ALLURE OF THE SEAS arrived in Port Everglades, Florida on November 11, 2010.  Two days later, the 225,282 gross ton ship and its sister, OASIS OF THE SEAS, rendezvoused off the Florida coast.  More than 8,000 passengers and crew witnessed the event from aboard the elder sister, which made its own debut a year ago.   The 1,187 foot long ALLURE OF THE SEAS will spend the next two weeks being showcased to the press and travel trade before departing on a 4-night inaugural voyage to Labadee, Haiti, followed by the official maiden voyage, a 7-night cruise to the Western Caribbean departing December 5th.

Shawn Dake

Shawn Dake

Shawn J. Dake, freelance travel writer and regular contributor to MaritimeMatters, worked in tourism and cruise industry for over 35 years.  A native of Southern California, his first job was as a tour guide aboard the Queen Mary.  A frequent lecturer on ship-related topics he has appeared on TV programs.  Owner of Oceans Away Cruises & Travel agency, he served as President of the local Chapter of Steamship Historical Society of America.  With a love of the sea, he is a veteran of 115 cruises.
Shawn Dake
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