One of the world’s largest cruise ships could be deployed to Japan from 2018 according to local Japanese news. It’s not known which Oasis class ship could be sent but will probably be between Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.
One of the large 220,900 gross ton ships would be based in the southwestern part of Kyushu island, Japan at Kumamoto Prefecture. Once there the ship would sail to Shanghai and Hong Kong, China along with a call to Singapore. The itinerary even has the possibility of calls to South Korea and rising ports along China’s southeast coast. We could also see one of the large ships based in another Asian port instead of Japan. In recent years the worlds largest cruise lines have been pushing towards the growing Asian market.
The site also says by 2017 the amount of cruise passengers visiting Japan would hit 800,000. The country has also been updating its visa program to help attract more cruise tourists. At the moment none of the ports can handle ships as large as the Oasis class but with a partnership with Royal Caribbean upgrades can be made to cater for them.
Oasis of the Seas is currently sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and sailing Caribbean cruises. Allure of the Seas is sailing out of Fort Lauderdale on 7-night eastern and western Caribbean sailings. Both ships can carry up to 5,400 passengers at double occupancy. Two more oasis class vessel are under construction with the 3rd named Harmony of the Seas entering service this May.