World's Biggest Cruise Ship Heads Home to Florida After Refit

Image: Oasis of the Sea in Rotterdam
The world's largest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas in the harbor of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on Oct. 14.ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN / EPA

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The world's largest cruise liner set sail for Florida on Wednesday night after a sojourn in Europe that saw it undergo an extensive refurbishment. The refit means the Oasis of the Seas now has a culinary offering "as vast and varied as dining in the world's most cosmopolitan cities," according to its owner Royal Caribbean.

The 225,282-ton ship, which can carry 6,360 guests and 2,394 crew, paid a quick visit to the English port of Southampton after emerging from its 14-day drydock in Rotterdam. It is expected to arrive in its home port of Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 27.

People gather on the waterfront to watch the world's largest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas as she arrives in Southampton, England, on Oct. 15, before departing for the U.S.Matt Cardy / Getty Images

- David Arnott