Friday, November 6, 2009

Oasis of the Seas vs North Atlantic

View from Bow Camera Onboard Oasis of the Seas - Courtesy Royal Caribbean International

Oasis of the Seas is continuing its journey across the Atlantic to its home port of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This time of year the weather in the North Atlantic can be anything but cooperative. The winter storm has been intensifying and Captain Bill has had to reduce speed considerably to keep the ship and passengers safe. There is still lots of work being performed on the ship as well as various practice runs as the crew prepares for their first passengers.

The Oasis is encountering significant wave heights of up to 35 feet with some peak waves exceeding 60 feet. This is still hurricane season, so it is not unexpected to see Mother Nature putting on an impressive show. In fact, we are also tracking a potentially powerful storm in the Caribbean Sea.

Oasis of the Seas is on a southerly route from Finland to Ft. Lauderdale. The route does require you to spend time in the North Atlantic. Captain Bill is constantly adjusting course and speed and because of this, the Oasis is now expected to arrive late into its home port. At the present rate, it may be late by as much as two days.

In the following video, Captain Bill talks about the rough seas with winds approaching hurricane force, high waves, and how well the Oasis of the Seas is handling in these weather conditions. There is also a look at the environmental practices onboard the ship.

Captains Log Day 6 Video: Blue Seas Green Practices
(click here)

In this next video, Captain Bill talks about the rough seas and keeping safe. There are also interviews with Ambasadors at Sea who help non-English speaking guests during their cruise.

Captains Log Day 7 Video: Ambassadors at Sea
(click here)

On day 8, the Oasis of the Seas is now beyond the grip of the North Atlantic storm, that exhibited hurricane force winds and huge waves. The ship handled amazingly throughout the entire time, which in this video Captain Bill contributes to the design of the hull. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at hull while the ship was in dry dock in this next video.

Captains Log Day 8 Video: Hull Design
(click here)

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