I originally had some trepidations about this new ship, but my worries vanished when I stepped onto the Royal Promenade from the dock, walked around the ship, and got my first looks at the Boardwalk, Central Park, and pool deck.
One quick observation -- with so much onboard variety, travelers will need a week's cruise (or more) to thoroughly experience the Oasis of the Seas.
Oasis of the Seas - Facts and Stats
- Central Park has 12,175 plants, 62 vine plants, 56 trees and some bamboo over 24 feet high.
- The Carousel on the Boardwalk is handmade.
- The Rising Tide Bar is the first-ever moving bar at sea, linking the Royal Promenade on deck 5 with Central Park on deck 8.
- The zipline is 82 feet long and is nine decks above the Boardwalk.
- The jogging track is 2.4 laps to the mile.
Central Park is mostly geared towards adults. It has six restaurants and bars, including the ship's most upscale restaurant, 150 Central Park, and Royal Caribbean passenger favorite Chops Grille. Award-winning young chef Keriann Von Raesfeld manages 150 Central Park, which features two, eight-course tasting menus.
Other restaurants at the Oasis Central Park are casual Italian trattoria Giovanni's Table and the indoor/outdoor gourmet market Park Cafe.
Central Park Photos
Other than the AquaTheater, the most striking feature of the Boardwalk is the large, handmade carousel. The music and menagerie of animals circling the carousel certainly give the Boardwalk an authentic feel.
The eateries reflect the casual seaside atmosphere--Johnny Rockets, the Seafood Shack, donut shop, Boardwalk Bar, and ice cream parlor.
Much like a mall, the Royal Promenade is lined with eight retail shops and nine restaurants and bars. The most innovative bar is appropriately called The Rising Tide Bar. It carries 32 and works as as "elevator bar", moving slowly up and down as it links Central Park and the Royal Promenade.
Royal Promenade Photos
Four distinctly different pools and several whirlpools provide plenty of space for water fun. The Beach Pool has a sloped entry allowing guests to wade into the pool. The Main Pool is surrounded by sun lounges and is flanked by two whirlpools. The H2O Zone is a signature Royal Caribbean family water park, and the Sports Pool is restricted to lap swimmers in the morning and team water sports in the afternoon.
My favorite part of this neighborhood is the adults-only, two-deck Solarium, a gorgeous, peaceful area forward.
The Pool and Sports Zone has ten restaurants and bars.
Pool, Sports Zone, and Aerial Photos of Oasis
The Fitness Center has 158 fitness machines, including cardio and resistance equipment. Guests can work out alone or join in on one of several classes such as spinning, kickboxing, Pilates or yoga.
The Vitality Cafe offers healthy snacks, sandwiches, wraps, fruit and smoothies.
The Opal Theater currently features a 90-minute version of the hit Broadway play "Hairspray", an aerial and dancing spectacular called "Come Fly with Me", and special headliners. Studio B is home to the Oasis ice rink and ice show called "Frozen in Time". Cruisers can book free tickets for all the shows in advance of their cruise.
Photos of the Lounges and Bars on the Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas Interior Photos
Adventure Ocean features four different age group areas: Royal Babies and Tots (6 months to 3 years), Aquanauts (3 to 5 years), Explorers (6 to 8 years), and Voyagers (9 to 11 years). Each distinct area has counselors and age-appropriate activities.
In addition to the Adventure Ocean age-group areas, the space includes a Workshop for family activities, Imagination Studio, the Adventure Ocean Theater, Play Area, and a Science Lab.
Teens will love the Fuel disco and The Living Room.
Oasis of the Seas - Youth Zone and Adventure Ocean Photos
Oasis of the Seas - Cabins and Suites
The 28 loft suites high on deck 17 are a first for the cruise industry, with two levels and floor-to-ceiling windows. Like all the Oasis staterooms, these suites are contemporary and chic. I loved the AquaTheater Suites, with huge balconies that overlook the Boardwalk, AquaTheater, and the sea.
Families will enjoy the numerous types of family cabins and suites, which sleep up to six.
Oasis of the Seas Cabins
Oasis of the Seas Suites
Many cuisines are covered, so passengers can eat All-American favorites one day and then enjoy Italian, Asian, or seafood the next. In addition to the various cuisines, the ambiance ranges from casual to chic to elegant. Guests can grab a quick bite at Windjammers, enjoy a traditional restaurant at the Opus Dining Room, or have a special meal at 150 Central Park, Chops Grille, or the Chef's Table.
Much like the shows, cruisers can book a table in any of the specialty restaurants prior to their cruise.
Oasis of the Seas Dining Options Photo Gallery
Oasis of the Seas - First Impressions
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