Titanic Vs The Oasis Class

The RMS Titanic is of course one of the most famous ships ever built, for all 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 (Oasis of The Seas entered service in 2009). Titanic was a multi-class ‘Royal Mail’ steamer built for the transport passengers and mail between NY and the UK, before the era of long-haul flying. 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 (built in Belfast) and Oasis American (but built in Finland).  The different methods of construction, different eras and different purposes of each vessel influences the construction, décor and on-board facilities and experience.  The two ships are almost beyond comparison.  Never the less I will continue….

Little and Large (Click to enlarge)

Some ships are longer, some taller, some wider which makes any comparison confusing. Therefore the standard way of 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 accommodation (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’, and her sisters are the world’s biggest class of ship at around 225,000 gt, which is nearly five times bigger than Titanic. Oasis can carry a maximum of 8,461 passengers and crew.  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.  This is quite modest, but I guess that’s was the maximum  speed that the Titanic’s coal boilers could deliver and modern cruise ship are not built for high speed. It’s not required for cruising.   Another interesting comparison is Cunard’s ‘Queen Mary 2’ (a modern day Ocean Liner) can achieve around 30 knots, if required and she’s around three times bigger than the Titanic at 148,00 gt.  However, propulsion systems has clearly advanced since 1912. Oasis of course does not use coal and steam and does not require a big workforce of boiler  ‘stokers’.

Titanic: 3rd Class cabin (steerage)

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 at the time.

Oasis: Royal Loft Suite

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, where 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 some of her facilities. Titanic’s designer, Thomas Andrews could only dream of such a floating city as Oasis.

However, one similarity was that both Titanic and Oasis featured a Gymnasiums, but you probably guessed that Oasis’s is so much bigger and hi-tech.

Titanic’s Gym

Oasis: Aqua-park

No one is any doubt that Titanic sank because she hit an iceberg. However the reason why has been a matter of much 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.

Titanic: Rudder and Screw

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.

Oasis: Azipods

Modern radar systems and ‘ice alert’ patrols help to prevent such an accident ever happening again.  Of course Oasis has lifeboats, with a seat for every passenger and many extra seats too. 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.

Titanic Lifeboats (passenger capacity 40-65, but few were full)

Oasis Lifeboat (372 passenger capacity)

One final important difference is that some of the passengers on board the Titanic were rich, they had to be. The Titanic fares for her crossing were:

  • First Class (parlour suite) £870/$4,350 pp ($83,200 today)
  • First Class (berth) £30/$150 pp ($2975 today)
  • Second Class £12/$60 pp($1200 today)
  • Third Class (steerage) £3 to £8/$40 ($298 to $793 today)

In 1912  the Average American earned $300 per year.

The current price (2017) for a 7 night ‘Oasis’ cruise of the Caribbean is:

  • Inside Cabin: £613/$794pp
  • Balcony Cabin: £1,616/$2093
  • Top Suite: £2772/$3590pp

Given the fact that modern wages are so much higher, Oasis’s fares are considerably cheaper than Titanic’s. Oasis is designed for the masses. Remember even Oasis’s cheapest/smallest cabins are very luxurious compared to that of the Titanic’s steerage class.

You can even have a cabin with a private balcony on-board Oasis, at reasonable cost,  there are hundreds!

However, the Titanic wins this competition with the quality and tastefulness of her internal décor for the first and second classes.  No expense was spared. Titanic had  much fine wooden panelling, hand carved mouldings and ornaments, many of which were gilded. She had the finest china, furniture, high quality soft furnishings, not forgetting the beautiful oak ‘grand Staircase’.  In contrast, although ‘Oasis’ is attractive internally, and probably pretty expensive, her décor resembles Las Vegas in places.

Malcolm Oliver


Below: Clive Palmer’s Titanic II Replica


World’s Biggest Class of  cruise ship – ‘Oasis of the Seas’  HERE

For in-depth Titanic II news/information see my dedicated Titanic II blog: HERE



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104 Responses to “Titanic Vs The Oasis Class”

  1. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Good information BT.

    Clive Palmer still claims that he IS going to build a Titanic 2.

  2. BT Says:

    Titanic still has very big impact in cruise industry,especially in china,most Chinese middle class want to travel on a cruise because
    they have seen that films(traditionally China has no ocean culture).If China become the largest cruise market in the world in future,that will mostly be a Titanic‘s contribution

  3. josh Says:

    “Adura Says:
    August 1, 2010 at 17:50
    Great review and very interesting.

    I think they should have fine wooden paneling, hand carved mouldings and ornaments on a cruise liner. Nice to have proper china mugs and cups with the ships emblem on, and oner oak grand staircase (with stair lift for disabled). Also a library.

    But then it would probably cost a bit.”
    End quote

    So as far as cost it should be small change for a crusie line to make a Titanic nowadays. The Australian billionaire is accully doing so now. He is going to make an absolute killing on it aswell. Personally if any cruise lineres were half as tastfull as the golden age of travel you would have far less complaints.
    It does go bearing that the ships of then have become the fast jumbo jets of now. The cruise liners now just are money making sea hotels, the very idea of that in 1920 would have made people keel over! (Put intended)
    Humanity has finally got it right as far as how to make money, its just unfortunately we don’t know how to distribute wealth, had they learned this in the 1900’s early years Titanic would never have happened.

  4. benshorer Says:

    Fantastic website – saved me hours of planning for my Year 4 class looking at the history of boats!!

  5. robin Says:

    Remember before 1960 these “liners”, not “cruise ships” were the “only way to cross” propeller planes took 20 hours 1960 jet reduced that to 4 and all those liners berthed along Manhattan melted away.
    Cruise ships are frivolous.
    Liners took you where you had to go..and they were the only way to get there….

  6. Titanic wins Says:

    Titanic beats Oasis of the seas by a long shot Oasis was made a hundred years after titanic. Titanic is the biggest ship 1912 and it always will be, and it is way more luxury then Oasis. Titanic also used the best equipment of the time. Titanic is and all ways will be better.

  7. claes lundqvist Says:

    Well if you compare size in terms of displacement Titanic is half the size of Oasis of the Seas and compared to Costa Concordia Titanic was bigger 52 310 tons vs about 51 000 tons. Oasis of the Seas at just about 100 000 tons.

  8. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Hi Bill,

    1) I enjoy a Big Mac occasionally

    2) Can we have a comparison article between a Sopwith Camel and an Airbus A380 please?

    A brilliant idea!

    Thanks for you comments.

  9. Bill Malcolm Says:

    “Malcolm Oliver Says:
    April 16, 2012 at 21:28

    Guess I’m just stupid then! ;-)

    Curiously it is my most viewed piece that I’ve written!”

    Big Macs are highly popular too, but nobody ever confused them with quality.

    Good Lord, all it would have taken is a bit of research on the web. Olympic and Britannic were Titanic’s sister ships, and hardly anybody ever mentions them. These ships were not built for speed, but for comfort. Steerage or third class was there to cheaply transport emigrants to the USA, not to give them a pleasure-filled cruise on the high seas. Whaddya expect for 3 quid?

    Talk about comparing chalk with cheese. These modern cruise ships would roll over and turn turtle in a North Atlantic storm, because they’re top heavy and have no freeboard. They’re made for paddling around in a mill pond, while stuffing their passengers with bad food at the level of a Little Chef. Luxury.

    Can we have a comparison article between a Sopwith Camel and an Airbus A380 please?

  10. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Thanks for the comments even if you do think it’s “Daft”. I know of the Olympic conspiracy, but I don’t believe it. (Did not Ballard prove this theory wrong?)

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