First – and last – chance to see Oasis of the Seas in the UK

//First – and last – chance to see Oasis of the Seas in the UK

IMG_9162.jpgOasis of the Seas was the largest moving object in the English Channel yesterday, and the biggest cruise ship in the world made a brief visit to The Solent – the first, and probably last, time it will be seen from our shores.
The 220,000-ton vessel is on its way to its home port of Fort Lauderdale, in Miami, and called to drop off about 300 shipyard workers not needed on the Transatlantic voyage.
The light was fading when the ship arrived in the channel between Lee-on-the-Solent and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight – that’s my excuse for the poor quality of the photos.
Despite the fact that Royal Caribbean had given few details of the exact timing or location, there were a few hardy souls there to greet her – including one couple booked on the maiden voyage in December.
At least when they next see the ship, it will be under warm sunny skies rather than a grey autumn evening in Britain.

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:36+00:00 2 November 2009|Cruise Ships|9 Comments

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John Honeywell is a travel writer specialising in cruise ships and cruise travel. Winner of CLIA UK's Contribution to Cruise award 2017.


  1. m Pinder 2 November 2009 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the pictures, to me they are fantastic, my partner is working on the cruise and i couldnt get to the Solent to see the ship, so bad light or not thank you.

  2. VALDOMIRO ARRUDA 2 November 2009 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    maising biutifull i do plane to sail inside this monster of the sea,one island flots over the ocean congratulations

  3. Patrick Teeling 3 November 2009 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Thanks for posting your update. The recent articles on Oasis are terrific, and your photos added to the overwhelming impression of this great ship. I’ve also been following Captain William Wright’s “Captain’s Log” comments on
    I truly enjoy your column. Thanks again for the wonderful photos.

  4. zena whiteside 3 November 2009 at 2:51 am - Reply

    hi i was one of thouse hardy souls that braved the cooling weather to see this ship to day it was well worth the wait to see it just wish i could aforrd to travel on her but that will have to remain a pipe dream

  5. Gazza 3 November 2009 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Thank you for posting these pictures. We are going on the first two voyages of the ship and loved follwing the progress of it. Thanks again

  6. Chris Davis 3 November 2009 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Thank you for posting this on your website, its been very difficult finding out about its brief visit to the Solent. I was at Ryde, IOW with a friend to watch this incredible ship come in, unfortunately my camera didn’t like zooming in and this meant the focus was out slightly. Seeing some excellent clear pictures is very good, so thanks for that and I’m hoping to go onboard Oasis of the Seas some time in the future. Royal Caribbean ships are truly amazing I would certainly recommend going on there!

  7. Ann Beckwith 3 November 2009 at 11:23 am - Reply

    what great pictures. One day we may be able to go on this great ship. Live in yorkshire and if knew earlier would have made the effort to see this great ship

  8. Kay Roberts 3 November 2009 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I am so excited we have booked our first ever cruise on the Oasis of the Seas…..and cant wait for March 2010 the pictures posted here just make me even more excited

  9. Jenny Patterson 14 November 2009 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Hey those pictures are really good. I can’t wait to go on this amazing ship with my family in April ’10 I love my parents so much cos i’m only 15 and i will be able to go on a ship that many adults wouldn’t be able to afford. Can’t wait 🙂

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