OASIS OF THE SEAS FIRST ARRIVAL AT PORT CANAVERAL
Oasis of the Seas made her first arrival at Port Canaveral on November 5, 2016. The ship will be making Port Canaveral her new home port, taking over the run previously served by Freedom of the Seas. Oasis of the Seas is the largest ship to call at Port Canaveral at 1188 feet length overall, 154 feet in beam at the waterline, and 225,282 gross registered tons. Capt. Ben Borgie served as the Pilot on the ship’s first arrival. The Canaveral Pilots worked closely with the Canaveral Port Authority, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Royal Caribbean International beginning more than ten years ago with simulations and studies to identify navigation channel improvements needed to accommodate a ship the size of Oasis. A harbor deepening and widening project was completed at the port this past Summer. Pilots participated in ship simulations and observation rides on the Oasis more recently, prior to the ship’s first arrival at Port Canaveral. The Canaveral Pilots welcome the Oasis of the Seas to Port Canaveral and look forward to working with the Ship’s Captain and crew, Royal Caribbean, and the Canaveral Port Authority.