By Marcia Levin
Special to AllThingsCruise.com
Nov. 23, 2009 — Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas is true to its pre-inaugural hype. It’s big and bodacious, absolutely brilliant in design and looks darn good in the process!
CEO and president Richard Fain told reporters aboard a November inaugural sailing of the new 5,400-passenger ship that it is “one-third familiar, one-third evolutionary and one-third revolutionary.”
Familiar touches include the Royal Promenade – an enhanced area of shops and food options – the rock climbing wall, FlowRider and skating rink. New developments include a zip line, 28 two-story urban lofts and 25 eateries throughout the more than 220,000 gross ton ship. A crew of more than 2,100 men and women from 70 nations keep her ship shape.
Her architectural design in distinctly revolutionary and the concept of balcony cabins with open sky, yet views of the seven “neighborhoods” on the ship, is truly unusual.
Entertainment venues include the awesome Aqua Theater, dedicated jazz and comedy clubs, a sprawling well-lighted casino, a magnificent theater for headliners and stage productions, and a spa and fitness center that is state-of-the-art.
Among the really revolutionary items is a kids program that blows away those offered on other cruise ships (the teen program is on separate deck) making Oasis of the Seas the ideal family vacation destination.