Huge ships an cruises docking in ports are some of the most exciting things for a maritime lover. it’s a sheer delight to see these behemoths navigating in to narrow ports. Let’s watch how a huge cruise ship navigates a narrow port.
Just recently, Royal Caribbean displayed this beautiful maneuvering with Oasis of the Seas, one of the world’s largest cruise ships with an arrival into St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Oasis Of The Seas Cruise Ship Navigates The Narrow Port Of St. Thomas
In the new video from Royal Caribbean, marine aficionados can see Oasis of the Seas entering the famous cruise destination of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
This a magnificent demonstration and almost a maritime manual of how a ship is docked. Immense preparations are done and a multitude of procedures are followed on both the sea and port.
St. Thomas is known for its narrow waterways. Its always crowded with sailboats anchored in the harbor. To make matters even more difficult, there is a tight turn and only six feet of clearance below the keel.
WATCH THE VIDEO: How A Huge Cruise Ship Navigates A Narrow Port [Oasis Of The Seas Cruise Ship Navigates The Narrow Port Of St. Thomas]
But this was not enough to deter the crew of Oasis of the Seas equipped with the latest technology. The port pilot guided the ship crew all through the docking with his knowledge of currents and the port marine conditions.
The ship’s Captain Per Kristoffersen was ably assisted by the powerful bow thrusters which helped him maneuver the world’s largest cruise ship of 225,282 gross tons and 1,187 feet long.
The cruise ship sails week-long Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida.