$165 Million Modernization has raised the Bar for Family Vacations
Oasis of the Seas has completed her $165 million amplification project to enhance and improve the ship. Additions include the 10-story Ultimate Abyss, Perfect Storm Waterslides, the cruise line’s first BBQ restaurant – Portside BBQ and so much more! Take a glimpse at how the world’s largest ship looks today!
The 225,000 GRT, 5400 passenger ship that revolutionized the cruise industry, Oasis of the Seas, proudly marked its 10th anniversary with a larger-than-ever, $165 million amplification. Oasis was the first cruise ship to introduce the unique seven-neighbourhood concept and one-of-a-kind AquaTheater entertainment venue.
Royal Caribbean International’s original gamechanger now sets a new standard for family vacations with first-to-brand experiences and the latest Royal Caribbean concepts. Guest favourites included in this “Amplification” are a reimagined, Caribbean-inspired pool deck which features a Splashaway Bay kids aquapark. There is The Lime & Coconut signature bar; famed Quantum Class staple, Music Hall; the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea. Debuting alongside this lineup is the cruise line’s first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ, and dedicated karaoke venue Spotlight Karaoke
“When Oasis of the Seasdebuted 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. Today, our Oasis Class ships continue to lead the industry and attract vacationers new to cruising,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
For all-day Caribbean vibes on the Oasis of the Seas, guests need to look no further than the reimagined Pool and Sports Zone. The transformed neighbourhood will feature new ways to relax, celebrate and plunge into adventure, joining the popular twin FlowRider surf simulators, nine-deck-high zip line and twin rock-climbing walls.
The adrenaline is turned all the way up with heart-pumping additions, including the Ultimate Abyss, a 10-story test of courage and the tallest slide at sea; and The Perfect Storm, an action-packed trio of multistory waterslides known as Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell. For the youngest, the most thrilling Splashaway Bay at sea yet is to come, with a Splash Pad for tots, three waterslides, water cannons, fountains, pools and the first-ever twin drench buckets.
At the centre is the new Caribbean-style pool deck with The Lime & Coconut, the signature bar will be one of the liveliest spots on board, day and night, with poolside cocktails, DJs and live music across two locations. Every pool is only as good as its places to chill, and Oasis will deliver a wider variety of seating and shade, including comfy casitas, daybeds, hammocks and swing seats, new whirlpools on the top deck, and a refreshed Solarium for the adults. These new attractions are sure to be a big hit for Royal Caribbean and Oasis of the Seas in 2020.
The boldest Royal Amplified modernization to-date includes various new dining venues that will further diversify Oasis’ 23 speciality and complimentary options.
Royal Caribbean’s latest culinary creation and first-ever barbecue restaurant, Portside BBQ, will offer an authentic, meat-packed menu inspired by the best-in-class 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 – including mac and cheese, homestyle cornbread, baked beans and coleslaw – and down-home desserts such as the Banana Dream and a brownie cookie mashup. Royal Caribbean is not generally an All-Inclusive line and you may need to pay for most of these special dining experiences, so budget wisely.
Across the way, guests can find Mexican grab-and-go fare at El Loco Fresh, serving up made-to-order tacos and burritos, quesadillas, mini salads and salsas galore. Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade will anchor the lineup in the signature Boardwalk neighbourhood.
With 80 big-screen TVs, tabletop games, arcade classics, tournaments, an Owner’s Box VIP room, bar fare and ice-cold brews, Playmakers is where everyone in the family wins. Sugar Beach, with more than 220 types of candy and a new walkup ice cream window, is the icing on the already-tasty offering onboard Oasis, which includes Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table and Izumi.
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Chart-topping Hot Spots
Nights out will take on a whole new meaning onboard the newly amplifiedOasis. The new Spotlight Karaoke on the Royal Promenade is where budding singers can rock out to their favourite tunes at the dedicated karaoke 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 private loungers across two levels give vacationers ample room to end the night on a high note at a place where every seat is the best seat in the house.
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. The new venues join nightlife favourites on board, including Boleros, Schooner Bar, Blaze Nightclub & Comedy and English pub Atlas & Globe.
Family Time Redefined
Oasis yet again redefines family vacations with a bold combination of programming that brings families together while also providing ways for everyone – from parents to kids and grandparents – to enjoy time on their own.
Babies, kids and teens have had their dedicated spaces, enhanced from top to bottom and amplified with technology to offer interactive, personalized and unexpected experiences.
Adventure Ocean has received a total makeover, with newly designed areas organized by activity type and created to immerse kids together with families in the adventures they choose based on their interests. Returning offerings include a nursery for the youngest of travellers, and a specialized area with programming for kids 3 to 5 years old. Teens can rejoice in their more off-the-grid hangout. With exclusive features like a “hidden” entrance, gaming lounge, movies, music, and a new, laidback outdoor deck, teens are free to engage however and whenever without interruption.
In adding to the variety of activities, featuring ice skating and mini-golf, Oasis challenges friends and foes with a new glow-in-the-dark laser tag game, Clash for the Crystal City. Two clans, the Yetis and Snowshifters, must 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 travellers must come together to launch Apollo 18 to the moon by solving every mind-bending puzzle before time runs out.
Oasis of the Seas is the first of the cruise line’s renowned Oasis Class – the world’s largest cruise ships – to be modernized as part of the Royal Amplified fleet modernization effort. Rooted in research and guest feedback, Royal Caribbean’s investment of more than $1 billion in the program spans ten ships in four years. It touches every facet of the guest experience to bring new thrills and signature experiences designed to appeal to every generation.