The Youth Zone, a haven for children and teens, is one of seven diverse neighborhoods on the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship, including Central Park, Boardwalk with the AquaTheater, Royal Promenade, Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, and the Entertainment Place.
Many kid- and teen-friendly adventures lie within the Youth Zone - covering a total expansive area of more than 28,700 square ft. (2,669 square meters) including, Kids Avenue, a central boulevard connecting children with dedicated Adventure Ocean spaces and various themed play areas; the cruise line's nursery for infants and toddlers (six months or older); and state-of-the-art teen areas.
The Adventure Ocean youth program aboard Oasis of the Seas features the cruise line's curriculum offered to young guests fleet-wide, but with an exciting new and enhanced approach, including spaces created and equipped specifically for designated activities allowing for a more robust program. All Royal Caribbean Adventure Ocean and teen programs are led by college-educated counselors, whose goal is to create memorable experiences for the cruise line's younger guests.
The addition of the Royal Babies and Tots nursery is popular for families with young children. This colorful space serves as a fully-staffed nursery where children can be left in the care of Royal Caribbean's trained professionals, as well as host various playgroups.
Open daily, the nursery offers parents childcare drop-off options in the daytime and evening, carefully maintaining an optimum staff to child ratio. Free-time play also is offered daily, creating an interactive environment where parents and children can bond while playing with a variety of toys.
Within the Youth Zone, Kids Avenue serves as the main promenade for young cruisers to access the various Adventure Ocean areas. Crayola Arts and crafts activities, scavenger hunts, talent shows, and other scheduled and guided age-specific activities are offered to three Adventure Ocean program age groups, each with its own space: Aquanauts, ages 3 to 5; Explorers, ages 6 to 8; and Voyagers, ages 9 to 11.
Play Areas and Activities
In addition, Oasis of the Seas introduces exciting new common play areas, including the Kid's Arcade for video games; the Workshop, where families can learn scrapbooking skills or create personalized jewelry; Imagination Studio where children can explore the world of color and imagination through Adventure Art by Crayola; a fully-equipped lab for Adventure Science Lab, where Einsteins-in-the-making can expand their knowledge; Play, a circular area where children can rollick and participate in a variety of sports and games; and Adventure Ocean Theater, the first-ever children's theater at sea - complete with a stage and curtains, audience seating and state-of-the-art production equipment - where children of all ages can learn about theatrical productions, take part in talent shows, or sign up for hip hop dance classes.
The teen-only spaces are located one deck above the Adventure Ocean areas and adjacent to the ship's Sports Deck, where kids can test their skills on one of the ship's two FlowRider surf simulators; the miniature golf course, Oasis Dunes; or the Sports Court for volleyball and basketball games. The physical separation of the teen-only spaces from younger Adventure Ocean guests is one of the many striking enhancements implemented as a recommendation of Royal Caribbean's Teen Advisory Board — a group of teens recruited to identify what youths between the ages of 12- and 17-years would want to see aboard future Royal Caribbean ships.
Longtime favorite Royal Caribbean teen-only spaces, Fuel Disco and The Living Room, are onboard the Oasis of the Seas, only larger and more state-of-the-art. The Living Room is the ultimate go-to hangout for teens to kick back and socialize at the "mocktail" bar, which serves non-alcoholic sodas and juice concoctions; learn to spin and mix music in Scratch DJ 101 classes, a part of Royal Caribbean's Scratch DJ Academy; or surf the Internet and keep in touch with friends via the bank of computer stations dedicated to the space. Teens also can kick it up a notch at Fuel, a disco which features a hip environment, where they can hang out with friends, and a dance floor, where they can show off their moves. A spacious outdoor deck adjacent to these venues gives teens more opportunities to make new friends while on their cruise vacation.
Other Family-Friendly Spots
In addition to the areas within the Youth Zone and teen-only spots aboard Oasis of the Seas, special attractions for children of all ages also are located throughout the ship's other neighborhoods. Along the Boardwalk, kids and teens can shop at retail stores tailored to their interests, and infants and toddlers can ride the Carousel with their parents or enjoy the climbing and play space modeled after a 50's-style gas station next to the popular Johnny Rockets restaurant. The lively Challengers Arcade also has returned aboard Oasis of the Seas and is decked out with the latest video games sure to entertain kids and teens. In the Vitality Spa and Fitness Zone, teens and tweens can enjoy a menu of spa options specially tailored for them in a dedicated space at the Vitality at Sea Spa.
A diverse selection of activities for families and guests of all ages are found in all of the neighborhoods throughout Oasis of the Seas. Family-friendly innovations range from the industry's first amphitheater, the AquaTheater, featuring theatrical diving performances and spectacular water and light shows; the first zip line at sea stretching 82 feet in length and suspended nine decks above the exciting Boardwalk area; and in the Pool & Sports Zone, the H2O Zone aqua park with its toddler pool and the first beach pool at sea, featuring a true-to-form sloped entry and colorful beach chairs and umbrellas to give guests the ultimate beach experience.