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Monday, August 31, 2009

World's large cruise ship promises no lines

It's a truism of the cruise business: The bigger the ship, the more delays there are during boarding. But Royal Caribbean executives say the much-ballyhooed Oasis of the Seas -- by far the largest cruise ship ever built -- will be an exception to the rule.

Speaking during a tour of the soon-to-debut, 5,400-passenger vessel last Thursday at the STX Europe shipyard in Turku, Finland, Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain said the company is making some major changes to the way it handles the boarding process to ease congestion.

I’ll have to see it in action before I believe it. What I picture are lines, plenty of them!