Our Overnight Visit to Royal Caribbean's Oasis Of The Seas

Royal Caribbean's brand-new megaship Oasis Of The Seas is now sailing from Port Everglades, located in Fort Lauderdale. The port has tripled the size of Terminal 18 where this behemoth docks for it’s seven nigh cruise vacations. The new terminal is wonderful and allows for rather quick check in when you consider the number of passengers being assisted.

At first I thought that this ship would just be a larger version of Royal Caribbean’s other ships, but I was gravely mistaken. This is an entirely new ship like nothing else on the water. Just bring a good pair of walking shoes and get ready to explore. There are so many things to do that it would be really difficult to do everything in seven days.

The Oasis of the Seas is unique in that it offers seven distinct neighborhoods - Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, Pool & Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. This is a first for a cruise ship to have this much diversity on board. Here is a glance at Oasis of Seas' highlights:           

 

                Her weight is over 225,000 gross tons, easily the largest cruise ship in the world

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*       Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center includes solo and couples massage suites; a youth spa; complete hair and makeup services;

158 cardio and resistance machines; pilates, kickboxing, yoga and spinning classes; and the exclusive Vitality Cafe.

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*       Pool and Sports Zone includes the H2O Zone aqua park for kids; 4 pools and 10 whirlpools; the tranquil poolside Solarium area for adults; 2 Flowrider surf simulators; sports courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis; mini-golf; a Zip line; Solarium Bistro, and Wipe Out Cafe and Bar.

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*       Entertainment Place includes Casino Royale; Studio B, featuring ice shows; Opal Theater, a 1,380-seat venue; Blaze Nightclub, Jazz on 4, and Comedy Live; and Dazzles, featuring musical spectacles ranging from big band to disco

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*       Youth Zone includes Play, an open gym and activity area; Adventure Ocean Theater and Science Lab; The Workshop - which includes activities such as jewelry making and scrapbooking; Royal Babies and Royal Tots nursery service; and Teen Areas, including Fuel disco, The Living Room lounge, the Back Deck and More

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*       Central Park includes a true park experience with live plants and trees plus Park Cafe; Vintages complimentary dining; 150 Central Park, Chops Grille and Giovanni's Table specialty dining; Art Actually @ Parkside Gallery; Picture This! Portrait Studio, and a Coach Store at sea; the Rising Tide Bar that rises from the Royal Promenade 3 decks below and Trellis Bar.

 

 

 

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*       The Royal Promenade includes dining with Sorrento's Pizza, Cafe Promenade and Mondo Coffee Bar; a la carte dining at Cupcake Cupboard; bars with Rising Tide Bar, Schooner Bar, Globe and Atlas Bar and Champagne Bar. The Promenade also includes boutique shops such as Focus Photo Shop & Gallery, Regalia, Solera, Prince & Greene, The Shop, Port Merchants, Willow and Diamond Club. Entertainment options include Boleros, Parades, Disco Inferno Street Party, Diamond Lounge and On Air Club (karaoke).

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*       The Boardwalk includes a one-of-a-kind carousel, which is the only one at sea. It also has boutique shops such as Pets at Sea, Smile, Candy Beach, Star Pier, Pinwheels, Carousel Cart, Boardwalk Photo Booth, Tattoo Cart and Caricatures. It also includes dining options such as Boardwalk Donut Shop, Boardwalk Bar and Johnny Rockets . As well as the Ice Cream Parlor, and the Seafood Shack .

 

 

She is also the first ship featuring balcony cabins overlooking areas inside the ship. We stayed in a cabin with a verandah overlooking the boardwalk area and it was great. We had a great view of the water show and could watch the adventurous ride the zip line over our heads. Another first are the loft suites with 2 story floor to ceiling windows with magnificent views and the latest in amenities.

 

 

Overall I would recommend this cruise to anyone. There are things to do for all ages and the ship is so large and varied that it didn’t seem crowded.