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of the Seas Ship Review
Wow, wow, wow! Where
to start about the world’s largest and most innovative ship? Yes, she is unique,
and yes she is incredible, but it is hard to find the superlatives to describe
all the wonderful features of this ship. It is clear, however, that she sets
a new standard for cruise ships and she will be a joy to sail on for guests
of all ages. Everyone will find something special that is their favorite new
feature. Richard Fain, RCCL’s Chairman and the man behind the idea and push
for this ship loves Central Park, and it’s our favorite new feature too. We
love taking a peaceful stroll through the lovely Central Park that is open
to the fresh sea air and home to many lovely specialty restaurants. Others
will love the Boardwalk reminiscent of Coney Island or Atlantic City with
carousel, kids games, Sea Food Shack, Johnny Rockets, Salt Water Taffy and
more. The more active might like the two huge FlowRiders for surfing and boogie
boarding, or maybe the zip line across the top of the Boardwalk. Others will
find the new two story Loft Suites their favorite.
Sure the ship is large
and can hold about 6000 fully occupied with the maximum number of kids, but
this ship has so many spectacular neighborhoods and things to do, it took
a large and very innovative ship to hold all the new offerings as well as
the familiar features that RCCL is already famous for providing on all her
recent ships. (Royal Promenade, rock-climbing wall, etc.). Don’t let the size
scare you away from trying Oasis as you can enjoy all the innovative features
that will make your cruise more special WITHOUT huge crowds and long walks.
This ship is wider and well laid out. It does not require a huge amount of
walking and elevators are always nearby - positioned one third of the distance
from the front and one-third of the distance from the back – no more far forward
and far aft elevators and this greatly cuts down on the walking required.
She is also tall so only the most fit will want to sprint up to the Viking
Crown Lounge using the stairs to the 17th floor. Save that energy for the
FlowRider and rock-climbing wall.
Families and active
adults are going to love her. So are adults that are attracted to all the
more upscale features and so are most people that are brave enough to try
something this innovative.
The ship is built like
two parallel, long and narrow high-rise hotels on top of a large, wide hull.
The long hotel wings are connected to each other in the front of the ship,
and at the back of the ship. In between the two hotels are the large atriums
open to the air called the Boardwalk in the aft, and Central Park in the middle.
The Royal Promenade is still there too, but below Central Park.
Oasis was the largest
marine architecture and construction project ever completed. It took millions
of man-hours to construct and design. She is 225,00 tons, 1187 feet long which
is only 75 feet longer than the very popular Freedom Class ships from Royal
Caribbean, but she is 45% wider at 184 Feet in width and only 3 decks taller.
As a result she is bigger and more stable than anything at sea. Captain Bill
Wright, the first Captain for the Oasis and many of RCCL’s other new class
of ships, said this is the most stable ship he has ever been on. After sea
trials and delivery, the ship had to cross the North Atlantic in November
which is well known for bad weather potential. When they saw a storm headed
their way they decided to really test the ship since there were no passengers
on board and she is designed to handle extreme weather. Normally cruise ships
do anything to avoid big storms, but this time they treated the storm like
an extended sea trial. The seas did not disappoint and according to Captain
Wright, the seas got up to 80 feet high with hurricane force winds and yet
the stage and ice-show rehearsals, plus last minute construction work continued
without missing a beat. Most of the people on board had no idea how bad the
weather was outside. Score this one for the Oasis and her incredible design.
She can’t fit through
the Panama Canal and not even the new larger, canal being built either. She
was designed to cruise the Caribbean in comfort and style that absolutely
no once else can approach, only calling on ports expanded to handle her size
and not tendering into any ports, The Oasis will be the queen of the Caribbean
and is likely to be so popular and in such high demand that her prices will
likely be above other Caribbean cruise lines for many, many years.
The ship is the most
green and efficient ship at sea. It is about 30% better than the average cruise
ship and 15% better than the Freedom-class of ships.
New Features Only on Oasis of the Seas
The outdoor park-like setting on deck 8, open to the sky between the forward
and aft elevators - Oasis'
most distinctive feature
area of gardens and meandering walkways with benches to just sit and soak
in the tranquil atmosphere
Many lovely restaurants and bars on the lower level
entertainment in the evenings in the central area
Stroll from your cabin along the paths to your specialty restaurant - while
you wait you can sip a drink and listen to live music. What a setting and
you're on a ship in the middle of the ocean.
outdoor area in the aft area starting on deck 6
like a small, idealized Atlantic City Boardwalk with Carousel, photo booth,
fortune teller, ice cream parlor, donut shop, salt water taffy and candy
store, kids games, stuffed animal shop where you customize your own souvenirs,
plus a Johnny Rockets and Seafood Shack for casual fun dining
is also a cruise ship first, the Aqua Theater on the back of the ship at
the end of the Boardwalk.
An outdoor amphitheater at the back of ship at the end of the Boardwalk
with a special diving and synchronized swimming show. Think back to the
Ester Williams old movies of water spectaculars.
the largest & deepest swimming pool ever put on a cruise ship
suites overlook this theater and have a birds-eye view of the shows without
having to leave their aft facing suites, including the two story loft suites.
Babies and Royal Tots Program
First ship to take kids from 6 months to 3 years old
facility and trained counselors
$8 per hour charge per child - you must make reservations
do not have to be potty trained, but you will need to leave a bag of diapers,
milk, change of clothes, etc.
Touch screens with directions and maps are located on each floor next to
each elevator bank so you can easy find what you are looking for and how
to get there. You can also see the dining venues open for the next meal
and how empty the restaurant is currently
Room cards are used for everything, not just opening your door and charging
things to your stateroom. You also make reservations for shows you want
to see and then crew members scan your card when you arrive to make sure
you have a reservation. You really need to make reservations but if there
is space for a show they will make announcements that space is still available
Rooms are highly automated with flat screen TVs that give you access to
TV, movies, internet, dining reservations, show reservations (you can also
make reservations online before you board – highly recommended). Wi-Fi internet
access is available in each room, as well, if you want to bring your own
laptop or notebook.
Rooms design is very "green" with automatic detection of balcony
doors being open which shuts off the air conditioning so the ship does not
try to cool the Caribbean. The system even knows how much heat is generated
by lighting and the appliances that are turned on and adjusts the air conditioning
All the standard categories are still here from inside to Royal Suite but
there are a large number of new categories on this ship to choose from.
There are more Family Suites including an improved & larger 2-bedroom
Royal Family Suite, plus large economical inside and oceanview family suites
with 2 permanent bunk beds for the kids. There are also Aqua Theater Suites
- perfect for families.
In a first for RCCL, 28 new suites are 2-stories tall and located in the
aft portion of decks 17 & 18 for great views high above the ship. The
loft suites are a minimum of 545 sq. ft. inside and have 114 sq. ft. balconies
and they go up from that. There are two Sky Lofts that are 722 sq. ft. plus
410 sq. ft. balconies, but the top of the line Royal Loft Suite has 1524
square feet inside and a 843 sq. ft. balcony area overlooking the Aqua Theater
– it doesn’t get much nicer than this! These suites are spectacular for
There are no Category E small balconies on this ship as in the rest of the
fleet. All balconies from category D2 to D8 are 182 sq. ft. inside with
a large 50 square foot balcony.
D1 balconies are the same size inside but have 80 square foot balconies
Some balconies are going to be obstructed by the lifeboats so call us to
make sure you don’t get one of these and we can help you pick out a great
new choice on this ship only are balcony cabins that do not have an ocean
view. There are balcony cabins overlooking Central Park's lovely peaceful
setting, and some that overlook the Boardwalk with all the activity and
music that goes on there – think more activity, not as quiet. Balcony railings
are chest high on adults and solid so no little one can climb under the
balcony and no toddlers can easily climb over the balcony at that height.
There are still a few “promenade” view cabins, as well as Central Park and
Boardwalk view cabins that have a window seat and a window overlooking the
area below, but NO balcony. This is sometimes an ideal choice for parents
who want a balcony cabin plus a cabin across the hall for the kids.
Now that we’ve seen and sailed on the ship it makes it a lot easier to understand
all the cabin categories and we can help you avoid the problem areas and
help you pick out the ideal cabin and location for you. Please call us so
we can discuss all these choices with you.
There are a large number
of restaurant choices from upscale choices like 150 Central Park and Chops
Grill to the excellent three-story Opus dining room and many casual choices
including the Windjammer, Café Promenade, Central Park Café,
Johnny Rocket’s and the Seafood Shack on the Boardwalk.
The Windjammer casual
buffet has been moved from the front of the ship where it is located on all
other RCCL ships. It is now on deck 16 in the Viking Crown Lounge tower for
great views to the side and aft overlooking the sports deck, miniature golf
and FlowRiders. The Solarium and the much larger Solarium Bistro that used
to be in the aft part of the ship are now in the front of the ship and act
as an open air observation lounge – it is not completely covered like past
The restaurants below
have no extra charges for the food.
Opus Dining Room – three-story main dining room on deck 3,4 & 5. Deck
5 is used for My Time (any time) dining, and deck 3 & 4 are used for
standard fixed time dining with table assignment. We have some favorite
locations we can share with you.
Windjammer Marketplace – the casual buffet restaurant high up on deck 16
under the Viking Crown Lounge open for all three meals. They use stations,
not lines, and have plastic dishes. There are no trays, but there are a
lot of staff and they are very attentive – just ask if you need help or
want anything. They bring your beverages to you and frequently check for
Sorrento’s Pizzeria – New York style pizza – Royal Promenade
Promenade – casual dining - Royal Promenade
Park Café – casual indoor/outdoor dining - Central Park
Wipe Out Café – self service hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, etc – Sports
Room Service – meals delivered to your stateroom – complimentary until midnight
($3.95 after midnight)
Vitality Café – healthy snacks – Vitality Spa
Concierge Lounge – for Diamond Plus members and cabin categories of Grand
Suite & above
- Johnny Rockets - breakfast
only - Boardwalk
- Solarium Bistro - breakfast
& lunch - Solarium
The per person cover
charges for the optional, specialty restaurants are noted below
150 Central Park – most upscale restaurant on board – in lovely Central
Park setting – listen to live music outside while you wait - $35pp
Chops Grille – steak house – lovely décor – Central Park - $25 pp
Solarium Bistro – In Solarium – healthy spa café - $20 pp (dinner)
Giovanni’s Table – family style Italian – Central Park - $15 pp
Chef’s Table – a private dining experience hosted by the chef - $75 pp includes
- Izumi - Japanese -
just outside the Windjammers
Johnny Rockets - Boardwalk – indoor/outdoor 50s burger joint - $4.95 pp
Seafood Shack – Boardwalk - $8.95 pp adults/$4.45 for kids under 12
between 7-night Eastern & Western Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale,
which has a new modern cruise terminal built just to efficiently handle Oasis.
Eastern Caribbean cruises call on St. Thomas, St. Maarten & Nassau.
Caribbean cruises call on RCCL’s lovely private island, Labadee, Fallmouth
(new port in Jamaica), and Cozumel.
interested in longer cruises can take a back-to-back 14-night Eastern &
Western Caribbean cruise.
- No tendering into ports
- all ports have extended new facilities for Oasis
Oasis of the Seas has
set a new cruise standard that will be difficult for any other Caribbean cruise
ship to compete with, and they will have a lead that will last for many years.
We highly recommend this innovative and special new product for Caribbean
can view a gallery of photos for Oasis of the Seas at the website
created just for Oasis or you can visit the Oasis
of the Seas homepage with videos and more.
& Rosemary Roberts
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