A Luxury Liner Docks, and the Countdown’s On – NYTimes.com

Once a week, after touring the Caribbean, the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas calls into its home port in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for what is called “turnaround day.”

Just as an airplane makes money only when it is flying, keeping a cruise ship out at sea is essential for its profitability. But instead of turning over a few hundred airline passengers, this ship offloads 6,000 people, takes on new supplies and welcomes 6,000 more travelers — all in under 12 hours.

via A Luxury Liner Docks, and the Countdown’s On – NYTimes.com.

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English: Royal Caribbean International’s, “MS Oasis of the Seas”, captured as she makes her way into Port Everglades, Florida completing her 14-day delivery voyage from STX Europe, Turku, Finland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)