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Oasis of the Seas Facts & Figures
Owner/Operator:Royal Caribbean International
Year built:2009
Builder:STX Europe, Turku, Finland
Former names:-
Gross Tonnage:225,282
Length:360.0 m (1,180.8 ft)
Beam:47.0 m (154.2 ft)
Passengers (normal):5,400
Passengers (maximum):6,400
Crew:2,160
Service speed:20.2 kn
Sister Ships:Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas
About Oasis of the Seas

All eyes were turned at Royal Caribbean International when they announced the order for the world's largest cruise ship. Measuring 225,000 tons and with a capacity of 5,400 guests and 2,160 crew, Oasis of the Seas was built in Finland and proved an overnight success when she entered service in 2009. To avoid the feeling of overcrowding, the design team has created various "neighborhoods" that each attract their own target audience. There is the Boardwalk for families and the Central Park for babyboomers. Heart of the ship is the gigantic Royal Promenade, an indoor street that connects most major public areas. Oasis of the Seas spends most of her time in the Caribbean on traditional 7-day cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale. She did venture back to Europe one summer for drydock and a short series of cruises in the Mediterranean and Western Europe.

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Oasis of the Seas Interior Photos
Text & Photos © 2009 York Schreiber

With so much written and spoken about the new Oasis of the Seas, I just want to express some personal and very subjective thoughts and experiences of the Oasis' first revenue sailing - a 4-night "Labadee Extravagaza". After staying overnight in a hotel in Fort Lauderdale we took a cab to Port Everglades' Terminal 18 which was recently renovated to handle the sheer amount of guests of the Oasis class ships. I was anxious to see if RCI managed to handle check-in process well. And what a nice surprise: no lines anywhere and taxi to jumping onto the bed in our stateroom in a fantastic 17 minutes.

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Central Park Central Park Resident of Oasis' Pool Deck Light detail at Dazzles
Central Park Central Park Resident of Oasis' Pool Deck Light detail at Dazzles
You board the ship through deck 5 and enter directly into the Royal Promenade. And here the WOW begins! The spaces on Oasis definitely are bigger! Although I was expecting a lot, I never thought the dimensions were that much increased compared to the Voyager Class. The width of Royal Promenade, Central Park and Broadwalk is amazing! 
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Central Park in full bloom Vitaly Spa Café Gym Schooner Bar
Central Park in full bloom Vitaly Spa Café Gym Schooner Bar
Cabin 9633 is a large outside cabin with a window into Central Park on Deck 9. Unfortunately the window left quite some room for improving to the cleaning crew. Space in drawers and bathroom was sufficient but the room to move around the beds especially when separated proved tight. All staterooms come equipped with a large flat screen-interactive-TV. Online services were good though the ship still had some problems with the internet connectivity during the first days. And finding a public internet terminal was extremely difficult. RCI provided a few tucked away tiny rooms with four or five computers each, but no real Internet Cafe as seen on other ships.
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Wipeout Café Leaving Ft. Lauderdale Main Pool Sports Pool
Wipeout Café Leaving Ft. Lauderdale Main Pool Sports Pool
Talking about food. A big topic on this ship as there are literally countless options. Windjammer proved a little crowded during the first one or two days until the passengers discovered other venues. Like breakfast at Johnny Rockets sitting open-air in the Boardwalk and watching the people going by. All with friendly attentive service. Or the Bistro at the Solarium. A casual buffet spot by day which becomes a wonderful white clothed place at night for a served dinner. The 20$ charge is more than appropriate and I predict this venue will be very popular once the word is spread. Unfortunately we had no chance to check out some other specialty restaurants as due to the short cruise they were all fully booked early - lesson learned: next time we'll book it online well before the cruise.  
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Rising Tide Bar Central Park Atrium 150 Central Park
Rising Tide Bar Central Park Atrium 150 Central Park
Dazzles at night Chops Grille Viking Crown Lounge Giovanni's Table
Dazzles at night Chops Grille Viking Crown Lounge Giovanni's Table
A word about the main dining room Opus. It is a beautifully appointed room spanning three decks - still it doesn't feel that huge. We took the chance to check the "My time Dining" concept just recently introduced by RCI and providing guest the top level of the dining room with an open seating. Still table reservations are taken each day it was a relatively chaotic start the first night followed by a rushed four-course dinner in 38 minutes. We tried it again the forth night and both had very much improved, organization as well as service. 
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Vintages Wine Bar At Sea Sailing towards Labadee Solarium
Vintages Wine Bar At Sea Sailing towards Labadee Solarium
...and beverages: Our aim was to have a drink at every served bar on the ship. And it looks like we almost succeeded. We were busy: WipeOut Bar, Mast Bar, Sky Bar, Deck Bar, Pool Bar, Solarium Bar, Trellis Bar, Viking Crown Lounge, Dazzles, Broadwalk Bar, Bar at SeafoodCheck, Blaze, Casino Bar, Schooner Bar, OnAir Bar, Vinatges Wine Bar, Rising Tide Bar, Globe & Atlas Pub, Boleros to name some... There are bars for all tastes and moods. But I want to specially mention Boleros where the two most entertaining yet professional bar tenders were working I have seen on all cruises done so far.  
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Main Pool Full speed ahead Blaze Nightclub Looking up from the Royal Promenade
Main Pool Full speed ahead Blaze Nightclub Looking up from the Royal Promenade
Jogging Track Boardwalk Johnny Rockets Rising Tide Bar
Jogging Track Boardwalk Johnny Rockets Rising Tide Bar
The Neighborhoods: I have to admit that I was skeptical about the concept of the different neighborhoods RCI talked about so much. I have to say they work very well. Different areas to go to according your preferences and moods. From the upscale and serene atmosphere in the Central Park to the street live on the Royal Promenade or the never ending activities on the sports deck with its flowriders, zip-line, minigolf and more. 
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Royal Promenade 150 Central Park Rock climbing wall Aqua Theater
Royal Promenade 150 Central Park Rock Climbing Wall Aqua Theater
Aft terraces Royal Promenade Opus Dining Room Flowrider
Aft terraces Royal Promenade Opus Dining Room Flowrider
The Shows: The main showlounge is not much different to others on the high seas and guests who have sailed the Voyager class ships will feel familiar with Studio B. The shows provided here were of the very high quality RCI is known for. But most spectacular is of course the brand new AquaTheater. Placed at the stern end of Boardwalk it is equipped with the largest pool of any ship with a depth of 5,4m. The show -which was in jeopardy of being shown on this early cruise as training lacked due to bad weather conditions on the crossing to the States- was simply amazing! And taking into account that finishing touches were still missing I can only highly recommend this venue for any future passenger. Lights, music and the artistic performance of the divers was fantastic!
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Aqua show At sea Central Park at night High above Central Park
Aqua show At Sea Central Park at night High above Central Park
Labadee: Many readers will know Labadee, RCI's private retreat on Haiti. Oasis of the Seas was on this trip the first ship ever to dock at the purposely built pier which is just a few steps from the nice tropical beach area. Still not really used to the humidity and heat we decided not to take any adventurous activities and enjoyed a nice swim in the Caribbean Sea and a cool drink. How nice it was to think of the loved ones at home in snowy cold Europe.
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Viking Crown Lounge at night Studio B ice show Busy time at Bolero´s Docked at Labadee
Viking Crown Lounge at night Studio B ice show Busy times at Bolero's Docked at Labadee
Comedy Central Quiet corner on Deck 15 Flowrider Cafe Promenade
Comedy Central Quiet corner on deck 15 Flowrider Café Promenade
Other thoughts: The ship itself is beautifully decorated in general. With so many different styles and places it is only normal that one individual will run into places which he/she doesn't particularly like, but you can just walk around the corner and have multiple other venues which match one's desires. Same goes for the thousands of pieces art onboard. Still I want to mention my personal favorites: throughout the whole ship there are "binoculars" installed. When looking through them you will see completely different 3D-pictures. Lots of fun trying to discover all of them. Does anybody know how many there are? Oasis of the Seas is an extremely stable ship though some vertical shaking is felt through its structure. The funnels unleash lots of smoke and according to captain Wright the reason for sailing with the exhaust pipes down is a test to reduce creation of smoke particles.
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Champagne Bar Bridge wing Izumi Asian Restaurant Quiet night out on deck
Champagne Bar Bridge Wing Izumi Asian Restaurant Quiet night out on deck
RCI has been known since its beginning for having music running in all areas but the cabins. While certainly true it never bothered me - until Oasis. There are places where the music -sometimes combined with the overall noise- was too loud. The Guest Services facility is located across the Rising Tide Bar where the noise of the water installation below the bar makes it very loud, as example. Another aspect I would like to mention is temperature control. There are areas where it seems the air-conditioning is not working at all and around the next corner you freeze away.   
In general I have to say it was a fantastic trip on a magnificent ship. RCI once again showed a lot of imagination, innovation and the will to provide a wonderful cruise experience to its guests. The bits and pieces I have mentioned which leave room for improvement should not be overrated and I am sure RCI is working on them hard. For the inaugural sailing of a ship of this significance and dimensions they did a great job! At the end of the day cruising is all about choices and Oasis offers more than any other ship out there and all that with a definite wow-factor. Applause!
 
York Schreiber is a 32-year old European with a background in shipbuilding before turning to aviation and embarked on 20+ cruises including five inaugurals on diverse lines/ships.   
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