Oasis of the seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, is to make its maiden call in Barcelona next year.

Oasis of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, is to embark on its first European voyage in September 2014 departing from the port of Barcelona on the 14th. The huge floating resort is to berth anew after some days, on the 18th, to say farewell to Barcelona.

Carrying up to more than 6,000 passengers, the 225, 282-ton vessel boasts fascinating areas and offers amusing activities for everyone aboard. There is an open-air Central Park and aquatheatre, Broadway musicals performances, two rock-climbing walls, an ice rink, a zip-line, a surfing area and other fun amenities. It is a voyage full of pleasure and entertainment away from dry land.

Barcelona is now the most important cruise ship port in Europe and the fourth in the world after major ports in Florida such as Miami and Fort Lauderlade. The city has become a tourist appeal for millions of passengers who disembark impatiently to stroll up the busy Rambla and enjoy the charms of the eclectic city.

Despite the economic crisis, the number of tourists is still growing in Barcelona. Among all visitors, the Americans and the British choose Barcelona as their hot destination more than any other nationality. It is very popular among the Americans spending their vacations in Europe on a cruise starting from Barcelona and then sailing along the coasts and islands of the Mediterranean Sea.

The arrival of more than 6,000 people at the port of Barcelona, plus other major cruise lines will be excellent income generators for the city, which is now experiencing a long period of financial hardship due to the crisis.

Actually, the city expects to register 2,6 millions of voyagers in 2013, an increase of 8% above levels recorded last year.

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