MS Oasis of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship, delivered to her owner, Royal Caribbean International, in October 2009. The first of her class, she was joined by her sister ship MS Allure of the Seas in December 2010. Both vessels cruise the Caribbean from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She set a new record of carrying over 6,000 passengers.
The ship surpassed the Freedom-class cruise ships (also owned by Royal Caribbean) to become the largest cruise ship in the world at that time. She has, however, since been surpassed by Allure of the Seas, which is 50 millimetres (2.0 in) longer, although this difference may have been caused by different temperatures when the measurements were made.
The SailFace® and most of the travel professionals that contribute articles and comments have sailed on the Oasis Of The Seas. Here are some of the facts and highlights of sailing on the Oasis Of The Seas.
Oasis Of The Seas Promenade
Spanning the length of a football field, the Royal Promenade is the heart of Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship. A design marvel, the promenade is bathed in natural light via two enormous “Crystal Canopy” sculpted skylights that cut through from the Central Park neighborhood just above. Oasis of the Seas’ Royal Promenade also has
been expanded to include a mezzanine level, with the best spot for sweeping views of the interior boulevard at the cruise line’s signature nautical-style Schooner Bar. Only the 18 Promenade view staterooms offer scenery as scintillating.
Central Park – Oasis Of The Seas
Ship Facts In-Brief
Oasis Of The Seas has numerous innovations which set the ship apart from the rest.
- At 225,282 gross registered tons, Oasis of the Seas is the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship at sea.
- Oasis of the Seas is the first ship to feature seven distinctly themed neighborhoods.
- Oasis of the Seas’ Central Park neighborhood is the first-ever park at sea, with 12,175 plants, 62 vine plants, 56 trees and bamboo – some over 24 feet (7.3 meters) high.
- The only original, handcrafted carousel at sea is the centerpiece of the unique Boardwalk neighborhood.
- The Coach store in Oasis of the Seas’ Central Park is the only free-standing, Coach luxury leather boutique at sea.
- The unique Rising Tide bar – the first ever moving bar at sea – is an engineering feat that allow vacationers to enjoy a cocktail as they slowly ascend and descend three decks, between Royal Promenade (deck 5) and Central Park (deck 8).
- Oasis of the Seas features the first zip line on a cruise ship, a thrilling 82 feet ride (25 meters), in the Sports Zone, suspended nine decks above the Boardwalk.
- Oasis of the Seas is the first ship to feature not one, but two FlowRiders in the Sports Zone.
- Oasis of the Seas featured the Tony-award winning Broadway musical Hairspray, marking the first full Broadway show performed on any cruise ship.
- The first beach pool at sea on the pool deck has a sloped entry where guests can wade into the water or relax in colorful beach chairs under an umbrella as the water rolls gently beneath.
- AquaTheater, located on the stern of the ship, is the first-ever aquatic amphitheater on a cruise ship.
- The AquaTheater pool is 17.9 feet (5.4 meters) deep, making it the deepest pool at sea.
- Oasis of the Seas has the longest jogging track at sea; one lap around the track will be 0.43 miles – 2.4 laps will equal a mile.
- The AquaTheater features first-ever acrobatic, synchronized and high-dive performances on the high seas with a talent cast of Olympic and National Collegiate Athletic Association divers.
- For the first time, guests can make reservations prior to sailing for onboard theatric performances, specialty restaurants, and spa services; sign up for the flexible My Time Dining program and digitally sign a one-time activities waiver before setting foot onboard Oasis of the
Oasis of the Seas Superlatives and Fun Facts
- 150 miles (241 km) of piping
- 3,300 miles (5310 km) of electrical cables
- 7,000 works of specially commissioned art
- 5,070,632 lbs. (2,300 tonnes) of water in 21 swimming pools and whirlpools
- 110,231 lbs. (50 tonnes) of ice cubes made every day
- 4,700,000 lbs. (2,350 metric tons) of fresh water consumption every 24 hours
- 181 grand blocks were used to construct Oasis of the Seas, each block weighed approximately 1,200,00 lbs. (600 metric tons)
- Oasis was constructed out of 500,000 steel individual parts
- The AquaTheater pool is 17.9 feet (5.4 meters) deep, making it the deepest pool at sea
- Oasis of the Seas is 75 feet (23 meters) longer than the cruise line’s Freedom-class of ships
- The Central Park Neighborhood will be the first ever living park at sea, with 12,175 plants, 62 vine plants, 56 trees and bamboo, some over 24 feet (7.3 meters) high
- It took 3,200 construction workers 8,000 work years to build Oasis of the Seas
- Diameters of the propellers are 20 feet (6.1 meters)
- Oasis has a deck 4.5 giving AquaTheater entertainers and divers access to the depths of AquaTheater during performances
The Oasis Of The Seas and the sister ship Allure Of The Seas were and still are trendsetting. Most of the SailFace staff have sailed at least twice on both ships and had enjoyable voyages. Although our staff have few negative comments, we recognize that all ships are not for everyone. If you want to explore itineraries for these ships or any other ship, please refer to our agent directory to retain a highly qualified and experienced travel professional.
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