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Huge cruise ship stops in Solent


The Oasis of the Seas is longer than four football pitches

An £800m liner described by its owners as the world's largest cruise ship has made a brief stop in the Solent.

The 6,296-passenger Oasis of the Seas dropped anchor at Lee-on-Solent to allow 300 shipyard workers to get off the vessel on Monday afternoon.

Royal Caribbean International's most recent ship is on its inaugural voyage to Florida in the US after leaving Turku in Finland on Friday.

It is scheduled to arrive in Fort Lauderdale on 11 November.

Bow to stern, the ship, which is 1,187ft (360m) long, would dwarf the UK's tallest building, London's One Canada Square at Canary Wharf, which is 771ft tall (235m).

The vessel is longer than four football pitches, a Royal Caribbean International spokeswoman said.

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