Oasis of the Seas launch.Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas will offer cruises in Europe for the first time in autumn 2014, and make its first ever port of call into Southampton on 15 October 2014.

Accommodating 6,400 guests at total capacity, Oasis of the Seas is longer than four football pitches and wider than almost six London buses parked end-to-end.

Oasis of the Seas will leave Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 1 September 2014 on a 12-night eastbound transatlantic cruise to Barcelona. The world’s largest cruise ship will offer a series of cruises from the Spanish port – two five-night roundtrip Western Mediterranean sailings and a seven-night sailing to Rotterdam – before heading to dry-dock in the Képpel Verolme shipyard in the Netherlands for routine maintenance.

The ship will return to Port Everglades on a 13-night westbound transatlantic cruise on 14 October 2014, departing from Rotterdam in the Netherlands and calling into Southampton on 15 October 2014 where UK guests can join the ship to sail across the Atlantic.

“Oasis of the Seas sailing from Southampton is going to be the hottest ticket in town,” said Jo Rzymowska, associate vice president and general manager, Royal Caribbean International. “Bringing the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship to Europe, and specifically the UK and Southampton, is testament to how much the cruise industry has grown.”

Royal Caribbean International is also hopeful that Oasis of the Seas will deliver a positive impact for the city of Southampton. Economic impact analysis carried out by the Port of Southampton states that a ship turnaround in the port generates around £2.5 million of knock on revenue for the city and surrounding area.

The first ever European season and UK based cruise of Oasis of the Seas will go on sale on 11 April 2013. For more information and to book visit Royal Caribbean.