On Sunday, August 22, RCI-Royal Caribbean's ship Oasis of the Seas set sail on a 6-night test cruise from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey-NYC. Volunteer passengers included Royal Caribbean employees, travel advisors, and cruise lovers.
Once the world's largest cruise ship, Oasis is the last of Royal Caribbean’s 4 Oasis-class liners to restart operations. Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, and Symphony of the Seas (with the latter being the current ‘world’s largest cruise ship’) all restarted in the past few weeks.
During her evening departure, Oasis of the Seas had her lights on and sailed past Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
The test cruise marks the long-delayed debut of the 5600-passenger Oasis OTS as the largest cruise ship to ever sail from the NYC area. The company originally planned to base the liner there beginning in 2020, but the global COVID crisis got in the way.
Oasis OTS is sailing on her 6-night test trip, where she will visit Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas prior to turning around to come back home.
Oasis of the Seas is scheduled to restart voyages with paying guests beginning on September 5 from Cape Liberty. The ship will offer 7-night sailings from Cape Liberty with calls at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Nassau and Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida).