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World’s largest cruise ship will include an oasis of foliage plants


Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship is creating much needed business for Florida foliage nurseries

Royal Caribbean Cruises is spending $1.5 billion on its new Oasis of the Seas,
which is the world’s largest cruiseCruise2 ship. When the ship departs on Dec.
1 for its first cruise to Haiti, it will be carrying more than 12,000
plants of over 100 species (check out the Final Preparations video
Gardens at Sea).

According to the Miami Herald,
a majority of those plants will come from Florida growers Michaels
Nursery in Boynton Beach and Southeast Growers in Wellington. The
plants will be part of one of seven themed “neighborhoods” that include
parks, squares and arenas. The plants were installed in Fort Lauderdale where the boat is currently docked at Port Everglades.

Bill Churchill, general manger at Michaels, told the newspaper that
the cruise ship project couldn’t have come at a better time since
business is down 10% from last year. He said the Oasis project is the
company’s single biggest project this year. Churchill said many of the
area nurseries are looking for new business. The cost of the plants
alone was around $15,000. The plants will be installed into aluminum
plant modules that are part of raised beds equipped with a below deck
irrigation system. Rich Kern, president of Southeast Growers, told the
newspaper that producing the plants for the ship has been especially
helpful in these tough economic times. He said sales this year are down
about 30% from last year, which was a record year for the company. Five
temporary employees were hired to handle the additional work created by
the job. The nurseries are hoping that they will be able to do
additional business with the cruise line, including the Oasis’ sister
ship, Allure of the Seas. Churchill said companies that are looking to
survive can’t expect to be doing the same thing they were doing 5 years