At this moment, the Oasis of the Seas is sailing with newspaper reporters, travel writers, cruise bloggers, and other cruise enthusiasts. They are tweeting their observations on Twitter under the hashtag #oasis.
One of the tweters is @johnnyjet who has a nice travel portal called JohnnyJet.com. He posted a photograph of the Royal Caribbean executives (below) answering questions on the cruise ship. He also asked the Twitter Kingdom for some “good” questions to ask the Royal Caribbean “execs.”
Here are my seven questions. They pertain to issues I am interested in – the environmental effects of a cruise ship this large, and the safety and security of its passengers and crew members:
1. Does the Oasis of the Seas discharge wastewater/sewage (whether treated or outside 3 miles of shore or not) during the cruises?
2. If not, where does the cruise ship offload its sewage and waste? In the U.S.? Or in a foreign port? And specifically which foreign port? Nassau? St. Thomas? Falmouth? or Cozumel?
3. What happens to the waste and chemicals once offloaded from the ship?
4. The LA Times reported that for a period of 32 months, there were over 250 incidents of sexual assault, battery, and sexual harassment against guests and crew members on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. In light of these problems, how many security guards are employed on the Oasis of the Seas?
5. How many security guards are assigned to the seven “neighborhoods” on the cruise ship? Are there security “sub-stations” in each of the neighborhoods?
6. How many security guards patrol the neighborhoods from 10:00 p.m. to 4 a.m., a time period we have found when female passengers are at a higher risk of being assaulted?
7. Saturday Night Live joked about the Oasis of the Seas being being bounty for pirates. Whereas the thought of a pirate attack in the Caribbean may be silly, a large cruise ship like this could be a target of a terrorist group. Does the ship have a sufficient number of security personnel to not only protect the passengers from shipboard crime, but deter and fight off a terrorist attack?
Top Photo @johnnyjet
Bottom Photo Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., a Liberian Corporation (via CruiseCritic)