Royal Caribbean: The Oasis of the Seas

Cited as 'the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world,' the Oasis of the Seas is an amazing five-star floating resort that manages to cater to the individual whims of 5,400 passengers every week. But truly, you'd never know it.

Five times larger than the Titanic and costing USD $1.4 billion to launch, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is nothing less than spectacular. Sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the Oasis of the Seas offers two 7-night itineraries to choose from:
  • Eastern Caribbean visiting Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte, Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten
  • Western Caribbean visiting Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico
Featuring the first garden at sea, Central Park is a landscaped neighborhood with walkways throughout which is overlooked by the interior balcony staterooms. In contrast, the outdoor Boardwalk is reminiscent of Coney Island with it's carnival games and carousel. In total, there are seven themed neighborhoods throughout the Oasis of the Seas.

The Pool and Sports Zone offers an entire deck's worth of fun with swimming pools (21 in total), a zip line, rock climbing walls, basketball court, 9-hole mini golf, volleyball, and the Flow Rider wave ride. The 28,000 square foot Youth Zone offers worry-free fun for both kids and parents; complete with a nursery for infants (starting at 6 months) and toddlers, to a science lab for teens (up to age 17), the Youth Zone is one of the coolest places at sea where kids can hang out and just be themselves. There's also a Vitality at Sea Spa and a fully-equipped fitness center.

Another spectacular feature of the Oasis of the Seas are the funky modern two-level loft suites. At a generous 545 square feet, the lofts feature spectacular floor to ceiling windows for optimal ocean viewing even from the top level bedroom. The suite features contemporary decor with a Caribbean touch and offers a guest bathroom downstairs with an attached master bathroom upstairs.

The Oasis of the Seas has two main entertainment venues for her passengers, the Opal Theater, and the Aqua Theater, the first of it's kind to be built on a ship. Three times larger than any other pool at sea, the Aqua Theater is an amphitheater-style outdoor venue where a theatrical and diving show is performed nightly.

With 24 distinct restaurants to choose from, you'll never go hungry onboard the Oasis of the Seas; and don't miss taking a ride on the Rising Tide elevator bar. 150 Central Park is an exclusive five-star restaurant catering to those looking for the utmost in cuisine and in a fine dining experience for a fee of $75 per person.

Linked to Central Park is the Royal Promenade, an open-air shopping ‘oasis’ with designers never carried before by any Royal Caribbean International ship including: Roberto Coin, Eileen Fischer, Charriol, Yvel, Chanel, Christian Dior, Shiseido, Coach, Lucky Brand, Breitling, Pianegonda, Betsey Johnson, Forest & Fauna, Kenneth Cole, Ed Hardy, Marc Jacobs, and Ben Sherman.

Star Pier offers DC Apparel, Roxy and Quicksilver for the teenage set complete with a Nintendo Wii gaming area and a live DJ. Junior cruisers will love Pinwheels with its Crayola fun, plus the yummy vintage candy treats from Candy Beach are nearby.

Royal Caribbean has just recently announced the addition of the Dreamworks Experience which will begin on the Oasis of the Seas February 26, 2011. There will be a 3-D theater, interaction with all your favorite characters, and more!

For more information on the Oasis of the Seas, visit Royal Caribbean.

Fast Facts about the Oasis of the Seas:
  • 2,200 crew members take care of 5,400 passengers; a 3:1 ratio
  • for each cruise, 47,000 bottles of wine, beer, and spirits are loaded onto the ship
  • 44 tons of meat and seafood are consumed by passengers weekly
  • 42,000 bed linens will be changed and 10,000 rolls of toilet paper are needed (!)
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