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08.28.2008

Oasis of the Seas Updates
Royal Caribbean had news last night for cruise fans everywhere. If you don't know already, Oasis of the Seas, set to debut in December 2009, is the next world's largest cruise ship. At 220,000 gross tons and 5400 berths, the ship is 30% larger, both in size and passenger capacity than anything that exists today.

Rendering: The stern end of Oasis of the Seas, Copyright © 2008 Royal Caribbean Intl.
The current world's largest cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas (also Royal Caribbean) is also about 30% larger than any cruise ship from anY other cruise line. So, Oasis of the Seas is twice the size of any other cruise ship from any cruise line (ie: Carnival or Princess) currently sailng anywhere in the world.

The latest unveilings for features upon Oasis were made by the cruise line last night. One of the big announcements is that bookings are already open for past passengers of Royal Caribbean. Bookings open for the general public on September 3rd.

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Other announcements include two new "neighborhoods," the pool deck and the Spa. Little was actually said about the Spa, but the pool area looks amazing with something for everyone. There is a comprehensive water park for the children, and an adults-only solarium with cantilevered hot tubs and a swim-against-the-current pool. There will be two Flo-riders (not the rumored three) but they will be the largest ever built. There are two regular swimming pools with an adjacent restaurant and bar called the "Wipe-Out Restaurant" and "Wipe-Out Bar."

The children's water park is centered around a huge octopus-like structure with slides, water jets and wading pools, a minature golf courses and something like a "beach-pool" which looks like a small wave pool - not suitable for surfing, but where the water-level inclines gradually.

The adults-only Solarium is two-decks tall and completely enclosed within glass walls for a greenhouse effect in any kind of weather. It is at the far forward portion of the Pool-Deck with commanding views over the bridge. It also includes a Solarium Restaurant with healthy-choice entrees available for lunch and dinner. The Solarium will have live plants and temperature control.

The two all-ages pool areas (port and starboard) are behind the Solarium. There are hot tubs as well as large pools. Deck loungers surround the pools in tiered levels. The Wipe Out Restaurant and Bar are in this are as well. The sports areas include basketball courts on the top decks and a nine-hole miniature golf course on the Central Park level of the ship.

The zip line is suspended nine-decks high from a crossover above the AquaTheater. The rock-climbing walls begin on the deck adjacent to the Boardwalk and climb six decks all the way to the Pool Deck.

The Spa is two decks tall (decks five and six) with its fitness center, boxing ring and a health-conscious restaurant.

Other items revealed: Though it wasn't discussed, details about the main dining room were revealed. It will be four decks tall and will have two seating times. Some of the two-deck Loft Suites are located high up adjacent to the Viking Crowne Lounge on decks 17 and 18. We do not see a main theater in the deck-plans, and president Adam Goldstein did say that the AquaTheater will be a spectacular nighttime entertainment spot. The main theater would have to be huge and almost impossible to hide on the deck plans, so there does not appear to be one. Is this such a surprise? Not really, it appears to be the trend of the future.

One thing Oasis will not have is indoor balcony cabins as CruiseMates thought we had detected in the early renderings.

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