Oasis’ itineraries – seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean – are certainly not original. It is true that there are few ports worldwide that could accommodate such ships. But Oasis has forced innovation at some of these ports.
In Fort Lauderdale, where Oasis and its sister ship the Allure of the Seas will homeport, Port Everglades is building the world’s largest terminal for the Oasis ships. It will actually be two separate terminals designed so that embarkation and debarkation can happen simultaneously, drastically saving time. The port has even said that it can achieve its goal to get passengers from curbside to the vessel in just 15 minutes.
Jamaica and Royal Caribbean worked together to create a new cruise port designed specifically for the two Oasis ships. Falmouth, which will also be open to other cruise lines when Royal Caribbean isn’t there, is located 20 minutes from Montego Bay and 30 from Ocho Rios. It is being revitalized to reflect its heritage as an “old English town.” But construction delays forced Royal Caribbean to replace Falmouth with Costa Maya (Mexico) on the ship’s first 16 Western Caribbean sailings
Oasis’ Western Caribbean itinerary also will include calls at Cozumel, Mexico, and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach paradise on the northern coast of Haiti. On the modified itineraries, Oasis will dock at Costa Maya’s recently restored pier, providing guests easy access to shore without tendering.
Oasis will alternate its Western Caribbean itinerary with an Eastern Caribbean itinerary, which will include calls at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau, Bahamas. The ship is scheduled to resume the original Western Caribbean itinerary and make its maiden call at the historic port of Falmouth during the ship’s December 11, 2010 sailing.