Titanic Vs Oasis of the Seas
The RMS Titanic is of course one of the most famous ships ever built, for the wrong reasons. It is a well-known fact that she was the biggest ship of the time (1912), but not everybody realises that she would be considered small when compared to today’s cruise ships.
First let me say that the two ships were built almost 100 years apart. Titanic was a multi-class ‘Royal Mail’ steamer built for the transport of mail and passengers swiftly between NY and the UK, pre-long-haul flights. Oasis on the other hand is a one-class floating ‘pleasure resort’ designed to cruise the Caribbean. Apart from both being passenger ships, they are chalk and cheese, designed in different era’s, with different levels of technology, for very different purposes. Titanic is of course British and Oasis American which influences the décor and overall on-board experience. The two ships are almost beyond comparison. Never the less I will continue for ‘fun’….
The standard way of measuring and comparing a ships size is gross tonnage (gt). This is not a measurement of weight, it is a measurement of internal volume (space) on board a ship.
Oasis beats the Titanic in every dimension: the Titanic was around 46,000gt. She could carry a maximum 3547 passengers and crew, in both luxury accommodation and very cramped/basic (called steerage, because the third class was deep in the ships hull, near the rudder mechanism). In contrast, Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis of the Seas’, the world’s biggest class of ship (in 2010) is 225,000 gt, which is nearly five times bigger than Titanic. She can carry a maximum of 8461 passengers and crew, in some opulent accommodation. In terms of length, the Titanic was 269m and Oasis is 360m. The Titanic had 9 decks, Oasis has 16.
One statistic that both ships share is that they could both achieve a maximum speed of around 23 knots. However 23 knots is not fast for a cruise ship today – high speeds are not required. Another interesting comparison is Cunard’s ‘Queen Mary 2’ (a modern day Ocean Liner) which can achieve around 30 knots. However, propulsion has clearly advanced. Oasis of course does not use coal and steam and does not require a big workforce of boiler ‘stokers’.
Perhaps the most dramatic differences between Titanic and Oasis, apart from the sheer size difference, is that of creature comforts and passenger facilities. Oasis has 2700 passenger cabins, all with air-con, TV, en-suite sink, toilet and a shower. Oasis is of course a ‘one class ship’ with no segregation. In contrast, the Titanic was a three class ship with clear segregation. The majority of Titanic’s cabins were cramped and did not have private baths or toilets. In fact there were only two baths for the 700 third class (steerage) passengers, one for men and one for women.
Let’s not forget that oasis has the modern methods of communication on board such as telephones and Internet/E-main facilities. On board the Titanic even the use of Morse-code, via radio, was new technology then.
There was very little formal entertainment on-board the Titanic, just an orchestra of eight men. You will have seen in the James Cameron’s movie, that the steerage passengers had to make their own entertainment.
Of course modern cruise ships like ‘Oasis’ offers a whole host of activities and entertainment, including a ‘Theatre’ offering ‘Broadway’ style shows and an ‘Aqua’ show with divers and synchronised swimmers. Oasis takes the whole concept much further than any other ship and is truly a ‘floating resort’. She has an internal street, a Park (with real plants and trees) an Ice skating rink, rock climbing walls, a water-park, beauty therapy centre and a surf simulators with real water, to name but a few facilities. Both Titanic and Oasis featured a Gymnasiums, but you probably guessed that Oasis’s is much bigger.
No one is any doubt that Titanic sank because she hit an iceberg. However the reason why is a point of conjecture. She was clearly going too fast and the iceberg was spotted too late. However one theory suggests that her small rudder did not allow her to take evasive action in time.
Oasis does not have a rudder. Her engines (giant electric motors) are housed in four pods suspended below the ship, all of which can rotate 360 degrees making her highly manoeuvrable for a big ship.
Modern radar systems and ‘ice alert’ patrols help to prevent such an accident ever happening again. Of course Oasis has a seat in a lifeboat for every passenger and many extra seats. Titanic only had 20 lifeboats which were not enough, so the sinking resulted in the deaths of 1,517 of the 2,223 people on board. Oasis’s lifeboats are all enclosed and have engine power. Titan’s were open to the elements and had oars for rowing.
One final important difference is that some of the passengers on board the Titanic were rich, they had to be. The Titanic fares were:
- First Class (parlour suite) £870/$4,350 ($83,200 today)
- First Class (berth) £30/$150 ($2975 today)
- Second Class £12/$60 ($1200 today)
- Third Class (steerage) £3 to £8/$40 ($298 to $793 today)
In 1912 the Average American earned $300 per year.
Oasis is designed for the masses and the cabins are all significantly cheaper (given modern income levels) than those on-board the Titanic. You can also have a balcony too!
However, the Titanic wins this competition with the quality of her internal décor for the first and second classes. No expense was spared. Titanic had much tasteful fine wooden panelling, hand carved mouldings and ornaments, many of which were gilded. She had the finest china, furniture, high quality soft furnishings and not forgetting the beautiful oak ‘grand Staircase’. In contrast, although ‘Oasis’ is internally very attractive, some of her décor is more like Las Vegas in places!
Check out my reviews:
World’s Biggest Ship, ‘Oasis of the Seas’ http://wp.me/PfRKD-Bg
2nd Biggest ship, ‘Norwegian Epic’ http://wp.me/PfRKD-Iy