Royal Caribbean sending Oasis of the Seas to Europe
The world's largest cruise ship is heading to Europe. Royal Caribbean International announced the Oasis of the Seas will sail the Mediterranean for three itineraries plus two trans-Atlantic options in fall 2014.

The ship, which debuted in 2009 is slated for its five-year checkup, a drydock at Képpel Verolme shipyard. When built, the 5,400-guest, 1,181-foot vessel was the largest cruise ship in the world with 16 decks and 225,282 gross tons. Its sister ship, the Allure of the Seas, shares the title.

So the line is offering a 12-night eastbound cruise from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona that sails Sept. 1, 2014 and a 13-night westbound cruise from Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Port Everglades on Oct. 14. (Or a 12-night if you board in Southampton on Oct. 15).

While in Europe, the Oasis will sail two roundtrip, five-night itineraries from Barcelona and a seven-night Spanish itinerary from Barcelona to Rotterdam.

"Nothing can compare to the Oasis-class vacation experience, a testament to Royal Caribbean’s more than 40 years of innovation," said Lisa Bauer, executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. "Now vacationers can combine Europe’s rich cultures and history with the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship for a regional experience that can only be found on Royal Caribbean. And for those who have always wanted more time to enjoy the myriad activities on Oasis of the Seas, our two trans-Atlantic cruises will offer more than enough time to do everything on board, as well as some surprises along the way."

Among the surprises, the line promises guests to get a taste of the "Quantum-class experience," which is related the two new ships Royal Caribbean is building for 2015 and 2016.

It's the first time Oasis of the Seas has sailed European itineraries. The ship has been based at Port Everglades since its debut sailing eastern and western Caribbean offerings.

The 2014 Europe sailings will open for sale on Apr. 11, 2013.