World's biggest cruise ship arrives in Fla. port

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Posted: Nov 13, 2009 3:16 PM

The world's largest cruise ship has arrived in South Florida.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s 16-deck Oasis of the Seas docked Friday at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. It set sail from Finland to Florida in late October.

The massive $1.5 billion vessel is nearly 40 percent larger than the industry's next-biggest ship and five times larger than the Titanic. It has 2,700 cabins and can accommodate 6,300 passengers and 2,100 crew members.

The ship also features various "neighborhoods" _ parks, squares and arenas with special themes. One of them will be a tropical environment that will include palm trees.

The Oasis of the Seas will embark on its first cruise on Dec. 5.