Ocean behemoth, Ocean of the Seas, carries a record number of passengers to the Caribbean

The oceanliner Oasis of the Seas has set a new record for the number of passengers carried aboard a cruise ship with a total of 8333 people – 6168 passengers, plus 2165 crew – onboard the 225,000-tonne ship when she embarked from Fort Lauderdale earlier this month on a Caribbean cruise.

With such a huge number of passengers to look after, operator Royal Caribbean International has been exploring the option of keeping life-jackets at the muster stations aboard instead of in the cabins.

Large as the new passenger record is, it pales into insignificance against the record by the famous liner Queen Mary in December 1942. The Cunard liner, which had been stripped out to act as a troopship, carried 16,082 US troops on a voyage from New York to the UK, setting a record which still stands for the most passengers ever transported on one vessel.