Mega-Cruise Smackdown: Photos

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Ship Stats: Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship—weighing in at 225,282 tons, with a total capacity of 6,296 passengers.
— Courtesy Royal Caribbean
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Ship Stats: Norwegian's Epic, which weighs 155,873 tons and has a total capacity of 5,183, sets sail from Miami.
— Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line
Notable First: Oasis's Central Park is the first open-air park at sea and has more than 12,000 trees and plants (including fern pine and golden bamboo), as well as gardens of calla lilies and rabbit's foot ferns.
— Courtesy Royal Caribbean
Notable First: Epic's Svedka is the first-ever ice bar at sea. Parkas are loaned out at the door to patrons (maximum capacity: 25), and the $20 cover charge includes two Svedka-based cocktails.
— Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line
Awesome Entertainment: The entertainment lineup on Oasis includes free diving and synchronized swimming spectaculars at the AquaTheater.
— Courtesy Royal Caribbean
Awesome Entertainment: Acrobatic performances like this Cirque Dreams and Dinner show in the Spiegel Tent are a regular fixture on Epic.
— Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line
Exciting Kid-Friendly Fun: Oasis's kid-friendly Boardwalk includes a full-size wooden carousel.
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Exciting Kid-Friendly Fun: Epic caters to kids with a twice-weekly Nickelodeon Slime Time Live event, dance parties with Dora the Explorer, and a game room with a giant Nintendo Wii wall.
— Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line
Adrenaline-Pumping Thrills: Cruisers on Oasis can surf or boogie board on two FlowRider simulated surfing platforms—80 feet above the ocean.
— Courtesy Royal Caribbean
Adrenaline-Pumping Thrills: Cruisers on Epic can go bungee jumping, scale a 2,112-square-foot climbing wall with a waterslide that cuts right through it to a swimming pool below, or climb the Spider Web, a 24-foot-tall enclosed cage.
— Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line
Comfortable Cabins: An ocean-view stateroom on the Oasis, where the average cabin size is 182 square feet.
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Comfortable Cabins: An inside stateroom on the Epic, where the average cabin size is 216 square feet.
— Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line
Satisfying Dining Choices: 150 Central Park, one of 24 restaurants on the Oasis.
— Courtesy Royal Caribbean
Satisfying Dining Choices: The noodle bar at Shanghai's, a Chinese restaurant on the Epic, one of 20 available dining options.
— Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line

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