The Pool and Sports Zone and the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center – coupled with the other neighborhoods of Central Park, Boardwalk, Entertainment Place, Youth Zone, and Royal Promenade – provide passengers with a wide array of experiences on a cruise. Stretching the length of the ship, the Pool and Sports Zone is a playground for passengers of all ages, featuring private cabanas, four unique types of pools, and two FlowRider surf simulators – each larger than the single FlowRider found on the line’s Freedom-class ships. Building on the Royal Caribbean’s Vitality wellness program, passengers will be able to soothe mind, body and soul in the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. New to the spa services menu and fitness line-up are unique spa treatments and Kinesis group classes, a full-body, no-impact workout utilizing fluid, natural movement to engage several muscle groups simultaneously.
The Pool and Sports Zone showcase new additions to traditional amenities, including an intimate adults-only Solarium and sports deck. The first Beach Pool at sea has a sloped entry where passengers are able to wade into the water or relax in colorful beach chairs under an umbrella as the water rolls gently beneath. Two whirlpools flank either side of the "beach" for passengers who prefer warmer waters. Located on the opposite side of the ship from the Beach Pool and separated by Central Park six decks below, is the Main Pool with two side-by-side whirlpools, ideal for rest and relaxation in the sun. Overlooking both pools will be private cabanas, complete with a dedicated attendant.
Families looking for fun in the sun will easily spot Royal Caribbean’s signature H2O Zone, marked by a giant octopus with its slides and water-spraying tentacles and surrounded by fellow water-spouting ocean creatures. Separate wading and current pools, as well as a dedicated infant and toddler pool, are set in the interactive aquatic playground and surrounded by adult and child-sized lounge chairs. The more competitive set will find haven in the Sports Pool, where afternoon water team sports include basketball, badminton and water polo, while morning hours can be dedicated to lap swimming.
Adults looking for a retreat can find solace in the Solarium. Boasting a redefined layout, passengers have the sensation of floating on air from the two-deck high, glass-paneled enclave designed with seating on various "islands" surrounded by water. The adults-only, open-air Solarium offers a swimming pool, two whirlpools, and four cantilevered whirlpools suspended 136 feet above the ocean. The mezzanine level of the adult-dedicated area overlooks the pool deck below, offering additional chaise lounges and seating. The new Solarium Bistro offers casual fare from the Vitality spa menu during the day, and in the evenings, transforms into a romantic and intimate setting for specialty dining and dancing under the stars. It is also the perfect venue for a unique late night dance club experience – Club 20 – made popular on the line’s Freedom-class ships.
The Sports Deck in the Pool and Sports Zone also boasts new innovations, including the first zipline at sea, and two of the popular FlowRider surf simulators, flanking either side of the elevated back deck. Royal Caribbean favorites such as the nine-hole miniature golf course, Oasis Dunes, challenges golfers of different abilities, and the Sports Court, allows for friendly games of basketball and volleyball. Spectators are able to cheer flowboarding passengers from the Wipe Out Bar or enjoying casual dining at the Wipe Out Café.
The Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center encompasses various amenities that cater to complete body wellness. The new Vitality at Sea Spa includes a Thermal Suite, featuring heated tile loungers, saunas and steam rooms; three couples massage suites and seven individual treatment rooms - the largest collection at sea. Kids and teen passengers also will find their own dedicated Spa in which to enjoy specially catered services. The Fitness Center offers vacationers a plentiful and varied selection of the latest cardio and resistance equipment for working out alone or for joining one of the several classes, including spinning, kickboxing, Pilates and yoga. Whether after a satisfying workout or a soothing spa session, the Vitality Café is a convenient stop for healthy snacks, light meals and refreshing juices.
Oasis of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world. An architectural marvel at sea, she spans 16 decks, encompasses 220,000 gross registered tons (GRT), carries 5,400 passengers at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Oasis of the Seas is the first ship to tout the cruise line’s new neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which includes Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone and Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. The ship sails from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at the About.com Oasis of the Seas Library of Links and www.oasisoftheseas.com.
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