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Cruise ship causes US traffic jams

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17 November 2009

Port Everglades in Florida saw the streets jammed with cars as the world's largest cruise ship sailed home.

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas weighs 225,000 tonnes and has just finished its first voyage from Finland before returning to the US, the Daily Mail reports.

The liner has sixteen decks, an ice rink, 21 swimming pools, an aqua park, a casino and real trees, it noted.

"It is more like a giant ritzy town than a cruise ship," the Daily Mail stated, adding: "With staterooms, a turf-covered chip and putt golf course, the world's first open-air amphitheatre" and a range of other amenities.

Based at Fort Lauderdale, the Oasis of the Seas is to make journeys to Mexico and the Eastern Caribbean, with an upcoming tour of the latter being its inaugural trip for paying customers.

A charity fundraiser was held on the liner recently, with 100 per cent of the proceeds being given to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.ADNFCR-2704-ID-19464151-ADNFCR

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