Photos: Oasis of the Seas

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  1. Oasis on the sea

    The Finnish-built 225,282-ton ship owned by Royal Caribbean International is the world's largest cruise ship -- five times larger than the Titanic. It has a capacity of 5,400 passengers (double occupancy) and is set for its debut first official voyage in the Caribbean on December 1 5. The ship's maximum cruising speed is 22 knots. (Michel Verdure) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Adventures for everyone

    Oasis of the Seas' 16 decks house four main swimming pools, a park promenade, surf simulators, rock climbing, and miniature golf. (Michel Verdure) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Give it your best shot

    Located on Deck 15, the Oasis Dunes miniature golf course offers a scenic spot to work on your short game. (Hans Deryk / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Chilling out

    Oasis’ main pool deck features a traditional pool (pictured), zero-entry “beach” pool, sports pool and the H20 Zone, a kids’ pool with multiple water features. (Hans Deryk / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Aquatheater

    With a 15-foot depth, multiple fountains and high-diving platforms, the AquaTheater will be the site for Cirque-like shows combining synchronized swimming, diving and acrobatics. (Simon Brooke-Webb) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Catching a wave

    Royal Caribbean sports staff member Colin Kerr tries out one of two surf simulators on board the world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas. (Hans Deryk / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. An adventure awaits

    The world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas has seven distinct onboard neighborhoods, including the Pool and Sports Zone, the Youth Zone, the Boardwalk neighborhood (pictured), Entertainment Place, Central Park and more. (Hans Deryk / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Luxury on the high seas

    A two-story Crown Loft Suite with two-story window and balcony on board the Oasis of the Seas. The world's largest and newest cruise ship has 2,700 staterooms, including 28-ultra-modern loft suites. (Hans Deryk / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Central Park, afloat

    Live greenery, trees and tropical plants are among the features of Central Park, a football field sized promenade on board the Oasis of the Seas. (Hans Deryk / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. High-level lounge

    Part lounge, part elevator, the Rising Tide Bar floats up and down between three levels on the Oasis of the Seas. (Hans Deryk / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Feeling lucky?

    Located on Deck 4, Casino Royale offers slot machines, table games, tournaments and complimentary gaming lessons. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Elevating experience

    Combined with adjacent interactive displays, Oasis’ 24 passenger elevators offer fast access to amenities throughout the ship. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Old-world charm

    Guests exit the popular Boardwalk neighborhood, where a carousel, casual restaurants and the AquaTheater pool and stage recall an old-style seaside pier. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Royal Promenade

    A longtime Royal Caribbean tradition, the Royal Promenade is a pedestrian-friendly boulevard lined with restaurants, shops and guest-service facilities. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Fun along the Boardwalk

    The Oasis' Boardwalk is an outdoor venue featuring Cirque-style water shows (at the AquaTheater), a handmade carousel, restaurants, carnival-style games and more. (Simon Brooke-Webb) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Frozen in Time

    The Ice show, "Frozen in Time", combines elaborate costumes, dazzling special effects and the artistry of 10 Olympic-caliber skaters. (Simon Brooke-Webb) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Mega beauty

    The world's biggest and newest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, is seen on November 20, in Port Everglades, Florida. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 12/7/2009 10:53:47 AM ET 2009-12-07T15:53:47

The U.S. Coast Guard says it will set up a special safety zone around St. Thomas harbor for a port call by the world's biggest cruise ship.

Royal Caribbean's 16-deck, 225,000-ton Oasis of the Seas will steam into St. Thomas on Tuesday morning after traveling from the company's private Labadee port in northern Haiti on its maiden voyage.

Coast Guard Capt. Eduardo Pino said Sunday that other boats will be banned from traveling or anchoring within the no-go zone while the massive cruiser is entering and exiting the port.

Pino says the safety zone is necessary "to provide for the safety of spectators and other vessels."

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