Pools, Spa and Open Decks.........................Page Three
Shops, Children, and Other Public Areas.......Page Four
Bars and Lounges.........................................Page Six
Oasis of the Seas is an amazing ship for many reasons.
She is the world’s biggest passenger ship at 225,000
gross tons - - half again larger than Royal Caribbean’s
three Freedom-class ships (Freedom of the Seas;
Liberty of the Seas; and Independence of the Seas) and
the Queen Mary 2, which were essentially tied for
world’s largest ship all at approximately 150,000 gross
tons. She can also carry some 6,300 passengers, which
is thousands more than any previous ship.
While Oasis’ size is impressive, focusing on that factor
tends to obscure what is really interesting about this
ship. A cruise on Oasis is not a traditional cruise
experience. Rather, it combines elements of urban
living, land-based resorts, shopping malls, theater, and
ships to make something new. Yes, parts of this
experience are refinements on things Royal Caribbean
has done in the past but others are new and innovative.
Oasis offers passengers numerous choices in
entertainment, dining, shopping and activities.
Moreover, they are designed to be good options. Going
to a show in the AquaTheater is not just something to
do for those guests who could not get into the main
theater or the ice show. If a guest does not want to
change for dinner there are options besides the main
buffet and room service. Indeed, even guests looking
for a more health-conscious meal have a choice
between the Solarium Bistro and the Vitality Café.
As above, this is not a traditional cruise experience.
However, it does have some elements of a traditional
cruise. There are activities such as trivia quizzes where
guests can make new friends. The majority of the
space in the main restaurant is devoted to the traditional
cruise ship dining system. And one can still get ones
photo taken with the captain.
Oasis is not the Normandie but then she was not
intended to be a grand express liner. She does have
some grand spaces, however (e.g. the main dining
room). She also has an extensive collection of serious
contemporary art. She also has some elegant specialty
restaurants with gourmet cooking.
From a marine design standpoint, Royal Caribbean has
not just taken the design from earlier ships and made a
bigger one. Instead, it has developed a more efficient
hull and propulsion system for Oasis. She is quite
steady in the waters of the Caribbean, which is where
she was designed to operate.
It should also be noted that the ship’s design was not
intended to create the maximum amount of revenue
producing space. The ship has a split superstructure - -
i.e., there is an open space running down the middle of
the ship with superstructure (mostly staterooms)
towering on either side. The same happens at the aft
end of the ship. If one had wanted to maximize the
revenue producing space, that open space could have
been filled in with staterooms, restaurants or other
revenue producers. However, RCI made the decision
that creating a pleasing space was better business than
piling on cabins etc.
Still, more than 6.000 passengers does sound
intimidating. However, RCI has designed the interior so
that there is good people flow throughout the ship.
Furthermore, they have made extensive use of
computers to manage the passenger flow. For example,
passengers are encouraged to make reservations as soon
as possible for the various shows that are performed
during the cruise. This can be done online before the
cruise, on the interactive television in the passenger’s
stateroom, or at a computerized box office. On the
night of the show, the crew have hand-held devices that
record who has come to the show and that also tell
them how many seats are left for walk-ins. It works
Thought has also been given to how to get so many
people on and off the ship during embarkation,
disembarkation and at the various ports of call. For
example, the doors in the ship’s hull through which
passengers enter and exit in the various ports are much
wider than on previous ships thus enabling more
passengers to pass through at the same time. Along the
same lines, special security facilities have been built at
each of the ports of call on the piers where Oasis docks
so that more passengers can go through at the same
time. As a result, things tend to move faster than on
Oasis of the Seas is homeported in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. Along with her sister ship, Allure of the Seas,
Oasis alternates between Eastern Caribbean/Bahamas
cruises and cruises to the Western Caribbean.
OF THE SEAS
Looking up The Forward Atrium
Captain Thore Thorolvsen
Hotel Director Raimund Gschaider
Cruise Director Richard Spacey
The art collection on Oasis is entitled
"The Wonder of Our World". Since
Oasis is a man-made wonder, th art
collection complements the ship by
celebrating natural wonders.
There are more than 9,300 pieces of
artwork onboard - - more than 1,100
in the public areas.
In the stairs alone, there are 350
works. Each of the ship's main
staircases has a theme such as "Sea
The works in the collection are
primarily by contemporary artists.
Upper left: Part of Karli Reis'
installation "Hypochondria". Lower
left: "Daisy", a photograph on glass
by Ruth Moillier. Upper right:
Photographs by Lori Nix; Lower
right: Two of 88 aluminum seagulls in
"The Wonder of Flight" by Carlos
Betancourt & Alberto Latorre.
A whimsical bather by Shona Kinloch.
Her relations are well-known to
guests who have patronized the pools
on other RCI ships.
Right: The Guest Relations Desk.
Below: Guests can book future cruises and
inquire about Royal Caribbean's Crown and
Anchor Loyalty Program in Future Cruise
Below right: Guests can book shore excursions at
a kiosk in the Royal Promenade..
Above: A solitary bagpiper stands on
the bow and pipes Oasis out to sea.
Below: A realistic statue of a seagull
perches on a rail above the
Above: A towel animal on a guest's
bed presents the Cruise Compass for
the next day.
Below: A news feed above the On The
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