As Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas sailed towards the Great Belt Bridge, one might have thought it was an informidable challenge. Not to the Oasis of the Seas with its high-tech gear. The Oasis of the Seas, crossed under the Danish Great Belt Bridge early Sunday with just 2 feet to spare after retracting it's funnels.
Bridges are challenges to all ships. If you have ever been on the top deck of a river boat, you would have witnessed the lowering of the bridge and other gear so that there would be sufficient clearance to pass under the bridge. While that is a common sight onboard a river boat, this is a first for a large cruise ship as until now, they would fit under the bridges without issue.
See my previous post Oasis of the Seas Takes to Water for more technical information about the Oasis of the Seas as well as a graphic which compares the ship to well known landmarks.
Here is a video of the ship going under the Great Belt Bridge that was taken by a crew member. From this vantage point you will clearly see the 2 foot clearance. Turn your sound down as there is alot of yelling. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njOHaQ7V0j4
Another video taken from onshore as the Oasis of the Seas passes under the Great Belt Bridge
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