>World’s Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail For Fort Lauderdale

>HELSINKI – Royal Caribbean
International’s Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, has set sail from Turku,Finland for South Florida. The ship is due to make its debut at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 11.

Once in Florida, the Coast Guard will examine the ship and ensure that it meets all international conventions and domestic requirements for safety, security and environmental protection.

Cruise ship safety is a vital Coast Guard mission. Every day, thousands of passengers board vessels expecting an exciting cruise on a safe ship. A typical cruise ship carries over two thousand passengers, and now with the Oasis of the Seas, there are ships that carry nearly six thousand passengers.

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