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NEIGHBORHOODS
The public areas on Oasis are grouped into seven
"neighborhoods."  Four of the neighborhoods are
functional groupings,
i.e., they encompass venues
that all have a similar functions.  They are: the
Pool & Sports Zone; the Vitality at Sea and
Fitness Center; the Entertainment Zone; and the
Youth Zone.  Those neighborhoods are discussed
in the pages of this tour that follow that include
the corresponding functions (e.g. the Youth Zone
is shown on the page that includes Children's
facilities).

However, there are also three neighborhoods that
transcend function.  They include shops, bars,
dining venues and entertainment facilities.  Each
of these neighborhoods has its own atmosphere.  
They are intended to be "urban communities."  
This page seeks to show something of the
atmosphere of each of these neighborhoods.    
The Royal Promenade on Oasis is wider than on previous ships, giving room for more structures in the middle of the street including the shore
excursions office and the specialty coffee bar.  Also moved to the middle of the promenade is the classic car replica, this time a 1935 Auburn
Boat Tail Speedster replica.  
       Central Park has an entirely different
atmosphere.  It has the quiet sophistication of
an upscale urban neighborhood, perhaps more
like New York's Central Park South or Park
Avenue than like its namesake park.
It is an open air space that runs down the
centerline of the ship.  The superstructure of
the ship is split so that there are balcony
staterooms overlooking the area on both the
port and starboard sides.
The area is alive with living plants growing in
82 metric tons of soil.    There are 12,175
plants, 62 vine plants, and 56 trees.   
A new feature on the
Royal Promenade is  a bar
(the Rising Tide Bar) that
travels between the Royal
Promenade and the
Central Park
neighborhood, which is
immediately above the
promenade.  When the bar
is in the up position,
fountains with colored
lights take its place on the
Royal Promenade.
Passengers who have traveled on Royal Caribbean's
Voyager and Freedom class ships will be familiar
with the
Royal Promenade - - a street-like area
running down the centerline for most of the length of
the ship.  Like a city street, it has shops, bars, places
to eat and entertainment areas.  

In the photo below, lifesize statues of workmen are
painting out the word "Genesis" on one of the walls
of the Royal Promenade.  Oasis was referred to as
Project Genesis before RCI settled on the name Oasis
of the Seas.  The statues are by Ben Twiston-Davies.  
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While the Royal Promenade
resembles a city street or a
shopping mall, there are also
touches of whimsy in its
decoration.  There are bronze
trees, Teddy Bears who drive cars
and a great golden globe in front
of which entertainers perform
during street parties and the
cruise director emcees the
parades that take place on the
promenade.  The globe can crack
open to reveal a bridge that can
be extended out across the
promenade.
There is a bridge on Deck Fifteen that connects the port and starboard superstructures.  From it, one can see the forward part of Central
Park (above left) and the aft part (above right).   The metal and glass structures in the center of the forward section are the Crystal
Canopies, which allow natural light down onto the Royal Promenade below.  The similar looking structure in the aft section is the upper
terminus of the Rising Tide Bar.

Central Park is spectacularly lit in the evenings.  Below left:  Lights play upon one of the Living Walls  - - five decks of flower boxes with
green plants.  Below right:  A Crystal Canopy at night.  
The third neighborhood is the Boardwalk.  It is intended to invoke the atmosphere of an American seaside holiday resort such as Coney Island.  It is
anchored at one end by a carousel and at the other by the ship's AquaTheater.   In between there are shops, an ice cream parlor, a candy store, a toy store,
a novelty photo shop, Johnny Rockets, a seafood restaurant, and a bar.  Once again, the area is nestled between a split superstructure with the aft end
open.
The Carousel was handcrafted for Royal
Caribbean and weighs 11,000 pounds.  
Passengers seeking to ride can choose between
18 horses and  other colorful beasts.  At the
entrance to the Boardwalk there is a display of
carousel horses in various stages of
completion, showing how the carousel animals
emerge from a block of wood.  
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