Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
When launched Oasis of the Seas was the world’s largest cruise ship, a title she held for two years until she was beaten in length by just 50mm (about the length of a mouse!) by her sister-ship Allure of the Seas. The two sister-ships are near identical having been built from the same specifications; it just happened that during production of Allure of the Seas her tempered-metals slightly stretched giving her the extra length. The two Oasis class sister-ships rule the waves with their appearance, size and modern day cruising amenities.
Life on-board Oasis of the Seas is packed full of things to do, Royal Caribbean go the extra yard to ensure that their passengers are always entertained whilst voyaging. There can literally be too much to do on-board and you may come away from your cruise just wanting more.
Oasis of the Seas voyages with 6000+ passengers. This figure alone may seem a little daunting to a first time cruiser. Oasis of the Seas does though absorb the high volume of guests very easily into lounge spaces, bars and public areas, and you will find yourself in moments of solitude and peace.
Dining on-board Oasis of the Seas is a mixture of formal and informal, the focus being more upon informal and offering passengers the opportunity to dine at times which suit them, this is particularly more appealing to families with young children. Royal Caribbean signature restaurants make their appearance on-board Oasis of the Seas, notably the Windjammer Cafe, a buffet style restaurant, Johnny Rockets 50’s style burger restaurant. Chops Grille is a great place to get a top-quality sourced steak, and if steak isn’t your thing there’s plenty more to choose from the menu.
For a Tuscan dining experience pay a visit to Giovanni’s Table where you can sample some authentic Italian pizzas, pastas and other Mediterranean influenced dishes.
If you are travelling with a family you’ll find The Wipe Out Cafe the ideal location to feed your troops, this is a self-service buffet style restaurant leaning towards the fast-food menu, you’ll find plenty of burgers, pizza, salads and desserts available at all times of the day.
And if you just fancy your favourite “mocha-frappa-late-chino” (made up concoction!) there is an on-board Starbucks for all you coffee connoisseurs.
The main dining experience on-board Oasis of the Seas can be found in the Opus Dining Room, this huge decadent hall covers three tiers of the ship and you can dine on Decks 3, 4 and 5 yet still be in the same restaurant. Chef’s specialities are always on the menu, and the Opus kitchen staff are very willing to accommodate and dietary requirements – this includes food allergies, gluten free dishes, low-sodium meals and lactose free dishes.
Entertainment on-board Oasis of the Seas takes place in every one of its seven neighbourhood areas, you can find different styles of entertainment to suit your mood. Comedy clubs, nightclub and disco, karaoke, live Jazz & Blues, informative talks and lectures as well as the Opal Theatre, Oasis of the Seas’ enormous 1,380 seat main theatre. In the Opal you can expect to see ice-shows, acrobatics and musicals. And if you like a “flutter” you’ll want to pay a visit to Casino Royale, the largest casino at sea, styled on classic casinos of the French Riviera with modern twists.
Passenger fitness on-board is taken seriously, Royal Caribbean signature spa and fitness area Vitality at Sea has a huge fully equipped gymnasium area to get the heart racing, as well as spa and treatment areas to unwind those aching muscles. For something more aerobic, you could try your hand at some ice-skating at the Studio B ice-rink, take a jog around the full length of the ship on Deck 5’s running track or slam a few dunks in the on-board basketball court, as Michael Jordan himself was present during Oasis of the Seas’ naming ceremony you can bet that the superstar himself has tested the nets!
|Cruise Line:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Ship size:||Large Resort Ship|
|Ship length:||362.0 m|
|Ship beam:||65.0 m|
|Ship draft:||31.0 m|
|No. of decks:||16|
|Service speed:||22.6 knots|
|Onboard currency:||US Dollar|
|Registry port:||Nassau (Bahamas)|
|Shipyard:||STX Europe, Turku, Finland|
|Build date:||2nd December 2008|
|Build cost:||Approx £736.7 million GBP|
|Entered service:||20th November 2010|