Oasis of the Seas to get Royal's biggest amp-up yet

Oasis of the Seas will be adding features including The Ultimate Abyss slide and, at left, top to bottom, Portside BBQ, Sugar Shack with a walk-up ice cream window and Spotlight Karaoke Oasis of the Seas will be adding features including The Ultimate Abyss slide and, at left, top to bottom, Portside BBQ, Sugar Shack with a walk-up ice cream window and Spotlight Karaoke

Oasis of the Seas marks its 10th anniversary with Royal Caribbean Interntional's largest amplification: $165m.

The 63-day modernization at Navantia in Cádiz includes a reimagined, Caribbean-inspired pool deck featuring Splashaway Bay for kids and The Lime & Coconut signature bar. The ship will be adding the Quantum-class staple Music Hall, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides and the tallest slide at sea, The Ultimate Abyss.

Royal's first barbecue concept

Also debuting is Royal Caribbean's first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ, and a dedicated karaoke venue, Spotlight Karaoke.

The amplified Oasis will set sail Nov. 24, beginning seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from the new Terminal A at PortMiami.

Oasis will break more records when it heads to the New York area in May 2020 as the largest cruise ship to sail from there. Oasis will reposition to its new summer home at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, offering seven-night cruises to The Bahamas with visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay.

'When Oasis of the Seas debuted as the world’s largest and most groundbreaking cruise ship a decade ago, the typical cruise vacation as the world knew it was forever changed,' Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley said. 'Today, our Oasis-class ships continue to lead the industry and attract vacationers new to cruising. Now, with the opportunity to disrupt the industry once again, we’ve gone all-in with our biggest and boldest amplification yet.'

Top deck

The reimagined Pool and Sports Zone will get heart-pumping additions, including The Ultimate Abyss, a 10-story test of courage, and The Perfect Storm, a trio of multistory waterslides known as Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell. For the youngest cruisers, the new Splashaway Bay will offer a Splash Pad for tots, three waterslides, water cannons, fountains, pools and twin drench buckets.

At the center is the new Caribbean-style pool deck with The Lime & Coconut. The bar will be programmed as one of the liveliest spots on board, day and night, with poolside cocktails, DJs and live music across two locations. The pool will deliver a larger variety of seating and shade, including comfy casitas, daybeds, hammocks and swing seats, new whirlpools on the top deck and a refreshed Solarium for adults.

Food and beverage

New dining venues will further diversify the ship's 23 specialty and complimentary options. Portside BBQ will offer a meat-packed menu inspired by the best barbecue across the United States. From smoked, marbled brisket, pulled pork and chicken, to beef ribs and burnt ends, the casual eatery on the pool deck will tie it all together with classic sides like mac and cheese, cornbread, baked beans and coleslaw, plus down-home desserts such as the Banana Dream and a brownie-cookie mashup.

Across the way will be Mexican grab-and-go fare at El Loco Fresh, serving made-to-order tacos and burritos, quesadillas, mini salads and salsas.

Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade will anchor the lineup in the signature Boardwalk neighborhood. With 80 big-screen TVs, tabletop games, arcade classics, tournaments, an Owner’s Box VIP room, bar fare and ice-cold brews, Playmakers provides a family-friendly venue.

Also coming to Oasis: Sugar Beach, with more than 220 types of candy and a new walk-up ice cream window.

Nightlife

The new Spotlight Karaoke on the Royal Promenade will let budding singers rock out to their favorite tunes at the dedicated venue’s main stage or one of two private rooms.

First introduced on Quantum of the Seas, live music venue Music Hall will make its Oasis-class debut. A roster of live cover bands, an expansive dance floor, pool tables and intimate loungers across two levels give vacationers ample room to end the night on a high note.

Rounding out the list of go-to hot spots is the dynamic duo of robotic bartenders that will mix, muddle, stir and shake cocktails nonstop at the Bionic Bar.

Family programming

Babies, kids and teens are in for reimagined dedicated spaces, enhanced from top to bottom and amplified with technology to offer interactive, personalized and unexpected experiences. Adventure Ocean will receive a total makeover, with newly designed areas organized by activity type and created to fully immerse kids and their families in the adventures they choose based on their interests.

Returning offerings include a nursery for the youngest travelers, and a specialized area with programming for kids 3 to 5 years old. Teens get their own hangout with a 'hidden' entrance, gaming lounge, movies, music and a new, laidback outdoor deck.

Adding to the variety of activities, Oasis will challenge friends and foes with a new glow-in-the-dark laser tag game, Clash for the Crystal City. Two clans, the Yetis and Snowshifters, go head-to-head to claim the crystal city and defeat impending extinction.

At the new Royal Escape Room – Mission Control: Apollo 18, the year is 1973 and travelers must come together to launch Apollo 18 to the moon by solving every mind-bending puzzle before time runs out.

$1bn effort spans 10 ships in four years

Oasis of the Seas is the first Oasis-class ship to be modernized as part of the 'Royal Amplified fleet modernization effort. This more than $1bn program spans 10 ships in four years.

Posted 21 May 2019

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