The Oasis of the Seas is a project so massive in ambition and scale it would leave you dumbfounded, and then some more. The 18-storied superliner is currently under construction, and when it sets sail as planned – later this year – it will become the world’s largest passenger ship – by some distance. The Oasis of the Seas is a city within the ocean, what with its 6,300 populace and the first-ever outdoor park (filled with trees of course) at sea. And for this very purpose it will carry aboard 400 tons of soil and plants.
The park has been accommodated by making some radical changes in the traditional design of a ship; unlike conventional ships, the Oasis of the Seas has the topmost part split into two six-stories of cabins, and the park occupies the central space. Added for a good measure would be the world’s largest at-sea swimming pool carrying 500 tons of water.
With that much weight on board, obviously the call is for massive HP to propel. This task has been entrusted to three 20-foot-tall propellers, delivering 30,000 horsepower, which pull the ship instead of pushing it. Harri Kulovaara, the designer of this ship (a sea city, I should say), describes it as a “quantum leap.” And with those numbers to back it up, the Oasis of the Seas is anything but. Head for some mind-boggling images here.