Though 40 percent larger than the current record-holders, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas will not be just a larger cruise ship, but a whole new breed of ship.
An architectural marvel, Oasis of the Seas will span 16 decks, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms, including several new categories. She will be the first ship to tout the cruise line’s new neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas.
As the company slowly divulges details about the new ship during the next several months, travel agents have already started taking reservations for 2009/2010 sailings.
Of the neighborhoods announced thus far are Central Park, Boardwalk and the Royal Promenade. This post will be updated as Royal Caribbean announces new features.
Central Park is an area of lush, tropical grounds spanning more than the length of a football field. The area will feature serene pathways, seasonal flower gardens and canopy trees.
A central piazza will function as the ship’s “town square,” which also will serve as a gathering space for alfresco evening dining and entertainment. Five decks of balcony staterooms will offer views of the park below.
Boardwalk, inspired by the nostalgic seaside piers of yesteryear, will feature an original handcrafted carousel and AquaTheater, an amphitheater-style venue with tiered seating platforms that lead down to cruising’s largest freshwater pool.
By day, AquaTheater will serve as a spot for sunning, swimming and other water-based activities. By night, the venue will be transformed into a performance space. Two giant LED screens flank the stage as do a pair on enormous rock climbing walls.
Passengers also will have the chance to try the first zip-line at sea suspended nine decks above ground level.
A new class of two-bedroom, two-bath family suites, called Aqua Suites, will feature balconies that will allow for private viewing of the nightly performances.
Oasis of the Seas also will feature the industry’s first loft suites, offering expansive ocean views and luxury amenities. The 28 two-level loft suites will offer spectacular views of the ocean with floor-to-ceiling, double-height windows to ensure the view will be enjoyed from each and every vantage point.
The Royal Promenade will be home to a vast array of shopping, dining and entertainment options including the Rising Tide bar, the first moving bar at sea. The bar will traverse three decks and allow cruisers to enjoy a cocktail as they slowly ascend into Central Park.
Oasis of the Seas will sail from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau for the Bahamas/Eastern Caribbean route. A new series of itineraries sailing the Western Caribbean will begin in March 2010. We are now accepting reservations for this great new ship, which begins sailing in late 2009.