Work on building the next ship to take the title of biggest cruise ship in the world is progressing so well that it will now be making its maiden voyage earlier than planned.
And it could mean that there will be an opportunity for Oasis of the Seas to pay a brief visit to the UK en route from Finland to Florida.
The 220,000-tonne behemoth, which can carry 6,300 passengers, will be 40 per cent bigger than its nearest rivals, the Freedom-class ships also owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Ports in the Caribbean are constructing new piers and shoreside facilities capable of dealing with the ship and its passengers.
The inaugural voyage was originally scheduled for December 12 next year. Now a four-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale has been announced for December 1. There will be only one port of call, RCCL’s private resort of Labadee, Haiti.
The visit will coincide with the opening of new facilities and excursions, including a roller-coaster.
The ship will then sail on a seven-night voyage to St Thomas, St Maarten and Nassau.
Among the innovations on board Oasis of the Seas and its sister ship Allure of the Seas are a Central Park area, so passengers have a choice of sea view or tree view cabins.
At the stern of the ship is a 750-seat open-air arena overlooking the biggest swimming pool at sea.
For more information and a picture gallery, take a look at the Oasis of the Seas website.