Back in the 1970s, Song of Norway, Royal Caribbean’s first ship, had a gym in an empty cabin that consisted of a rowing machine and a treadmill. Not many people used the gym or made any effort to find it. Today, Royal Caribbean’s newest ships feature the largest fitness centers and spas at sea, overlooking vast expanses of the oceans, ports and the global destinations that the cruise line’s ships visit.
Pools that were once inside the ship and on the lowest level have evolved into entire water parks and poolscapes running the length of the uppermost decks, and on some Royal Caribbean ships, guests can actually surf on innovative FlowRiders.
Welcome to the ships of the future.
Innovative maritime architecture that can deliver “Wow” experiences for guests is a prime directive of the Royal Caribbean brand, and the cruise line’s newest ship, Oasis of the Seas, will continue an evolution that is nothing short of revolutionary.
“The company culture at Royal Caribbean is about putting unlimited energy into design in order to make our ships as innovative and encompassing as possible,” says Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Our ships offer a world of possibilities that guests can cater to their needs, or their families’ needs.”
In its latest evolution of cruise ship design, Royal Caribbean took Oasis of the Seas to the stage as the ultimate expression of the company’s imagination and innovation.
Within the seven “neighborhoods” on Oasis of the Seas are extraordinary elements:
- the first living park at sea (Central Park, with more than 12,000 species of plants and a full-time horticulturist);
- a thrilling zip line that races diagonally nine decks above an open-air atrium;
- an original handcrafted carousel;
- 28 multi-level urban-style loft suites boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive balconies;
- an amphitheater-style space that serves as a pool by day and a dazzling ocean-front theater with professional aquatic acrobatic and synchronized swimming performances by evening;
- and an array of epicurean innovations that allow for new culinary experiences each day of the guest’s cruise.
Of course, Oasis also adopts many of the popular features on the company’s other ships, including an indoor ice-skating rink; two rock-climbing walls; FlowRider surf simulators; H2O interactive water park; and cantilevered whirlpools.
“We do not set out to build the largest ships in the world,” Fain says. “We set out to build the most amazing collection of experiences, amenities and activities at sea.”