The Oasis of the Seas is one of a class of Royal Caribbean International cruise ships which are the world's largest passenger ships. Oasis is huge, absolutely beautiful, and the innovative neighborhood concept provides a marvelous atmosphere for cruisers. Oasis of the Seas was the first ship to tout the neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place, and the Youth Zone.
Some travelers might have some trepidation about this large ship, but once cruisers walk around the ship, and get their first looks at the areas like the Boardwalk, Central Park, and the Pool and Sports Zone, they will understand how the neighborhood concept makes things feel smaller and more friendly.
However, with so much onboard variety, travelers will need a week's cruise (or more) to thoroughly experience all the Oasis of the Seas offers.
Ship Facts and Stats
The 225,000-GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) Oasis of the Seas is one of the world's largest cruise ships, carrying 5,400 guests in double occupancy, and 6,296 when full.
The ship has a 2,165 crew from over 70 countries onboard. Oasis of the Seas has a 30-foot draft, towers 213 feet above the water, and is 1,184 feet long and 208 feet wide.
Such a huge ship is bound to have equally impressive amenities and activities including the first living park at sea, the first-ever elevating bar at sea, and a rock-climbing wall towering 40 feet above the deck.
The Oasis of the Seas Central Park is an open-air park, the first living park at sea, found mid-ship on deck 8. With no sea view and surrounded on all sides by the ship, you could easily be in any city park. This living park has 12,175 plants, 62 vine plants, 56 trees and some bamboo over 24 feet high. The greenery and shade make it a pleasant place to sit outside and have a drink or dine alfresco.
Central Park is mostly geared towards adults. It has six restaurants and bars, including the ship's most upscale restaurant, 150 Central Park, and Royal Caribbean passenger favorite Chops Grille.
Other restaurants at the Oasis Central Park include the casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table and the indoor/outdoor gourmet market, Park Cafe.
The Oasis of the Seas Boardwalk feels like a traditional seaside pier and is a fun family neighborhood. Found on deck 6, the Boardwalk is flanked on one end by Dazzles Bar and on the other by the AquaTheater, rock climbing walls, and the sea. Cabins line both sides of the Boardwalk, and those near the stern can see both the sea and the fun on the Boardwalk and in the AquaTheater.
The zip line is 82 feet long and is nine decks above the Boardwalk.
Other than the AquaTheater, the most striking feature of the Boardwalk is the large, handmade carousel. The music and menagerie of animals circling the carousel certainly give the Boardwalk an authentic feel.
The eateries reflect the casual seaside atmosphere: Johnny Rockets, the Seafood Shack, donut shop, Boardwalk Bar, and ice cream parlor.
The Oasis of the Seas Royal Promenade is an expanded and enhanced version of the Royal Promenade on Royal Caribbean's Voyager and Freedom-class ships. It's the first area passengers see when boarding the ship since it serves as the entry point for embarkation. Located on deck 5 underneath Central Park, the Royal Promenade is three decks high and features large skylights that allow light into the area.
Much like a mall, the Royal Promenade is lined with eight retail shops and nine restaurants and bars. The most innovative bar is appropriately called The Rising Tide Bar. The first-ever moving bar at sea, it carries 32 people and works as an "elevator bar," moving slowly up and down as it links Central Park and the Royal Promenade.
Pool and Sports Zone
The Pool and Sports Zone stretches the length of the Oasis of the Seas on decks 15 and 16. It's a terrific outdoor playground. The jogging track measures 2.4 laps to the mile.
Four distinctly different pools and several whirlpools provide plenty of space for water fun. The Beach Pool has a sloped entry allowing guests to wade into the pool. The Main Pool is surrounded by sun lounges and is flanked by two whirlpools. The H2O Zone is a signature Royal Caribbean family water park, and the Sports Pool is restricted to lap swimmers in the morning and team water sports in the afternoon.
The signature Rock Climbing Wall lets you climb 40 feet above the deck. The Pool and Sports Zone has10 restaurants and bars.
A favorite of adult guests is the adults-only, two-deck Solarium, a gorgeous, peaceful area in the forward part of the ship.
Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center
The Vitality Spa and Fitness Center is found forward on deck 6. The spa features a Thermal Suite with heated tile lounges and steam rooms and 29 treatment rooms. It also includes calming relaxation rooms. Teens and kids even have a spa area of their own.
The Fitness Center has 158 fitness machines, including cardio and resistance equipment. Guests can work out alone or join in on one of several classes such as spinning, kickboxing, Pilates, or yoga.
The Vitality Cafe offers healthy snacks, sandwiches, wraps, fruit, and smoothies.
Entertainment Place is the hub for Oasis of the Seas nightlife. Occupying all of deck 4, it is easily accessed from the Royal Promenade. Entertainment Place includes the Casino Royale, the Opal Theater, Studio B, Comedy Place, Jazz on 4, and the Blaze Nightclub.
The Opal Theater features Broadway plays, specialty acts, and entertainment headliners. You can see a show like CATS, an ice skating extravaganza or high flying acrobatic feats. Cruisers can book free tickets for all the shows in advance of their cruise.
The Youth Zone covers over 28,000 square feet on the Oasis of the Seas. The Adventure Ocean area for kids ages 6 months to 12 years old is found on deck 14, and the Youth Zone Teen area is on deck 15.
Adventure Ocean features four different age group areas: Royal Babies and Tots (6 months to 3 years), Aquanauts (3 to 5 years), Explorers (6 to 8 years), and Voyagers (9 to 11 years). Each distinct area has counselors and age-appropriate activities.
In addition to the Adventure Ocean age-group areas, space includes a Workshop for family activities, Imagination Studio, the Adventure Ocean Theater, Play Area, and a Science Lab.
Teens will love the themed dance parties and special activities like pool parties and casino nights.
Cabins and Suites
Oasis of the Seas features a whopping 2,706 cabins and suites. Almost 2,000 have balconies that overlook the ocean to catch the breeze, Central Park, or the Boardwalk. Oasis has 37 different categories of cabins and suites, so there is certainly an accommodation to suit everyone's tastes and pocketbooks.
The 28 loft suites high on deck 17 are a first for the cruise industry, with two levels and floor-to-ceiling windows. Like all the Oasis staterooms, these suites are contemporary and chic. Popular are the AquaTheater Suites, with huge balconies that overlook the Boardwalk, AquaTheater, and the sea.
Families can bunk together in the numerous types of family cabins and suites, which sleep up to six.
Oasis of the Seas passengers will not be disappointed by the 24 distinct dining options scattered around the ship, many of which are included in the cruise fare while others have a surcharge.
Many cuisines are covered, so passengers can eat All-American favorites one day and then enjoy Italian, Asian, or seafood the next. In addition to the various cuisines, the ambiance ranges from casual to chic and elegant.
Guests can grab a quick bite at the Windjammers buffet, enjoy a traditional restaurant at the Opus Dining Room, or have a special meal at 150 Central Park, Chops Grille, or the Chef's Table.
Much like the shows, cruisers can book a table in any of the specialty restaurants prior to their cruise.