The longest running Broadway musical will debut on the world's largest ship in October
Royal Caribbean has plans to change the main show room production on Oasis of the Seas. The new show will be CATS, replacing Hairspray, the Broadway show that debuted with the ship when it was originally launched. The fully licensed production of CATS will join Oasis of the Seas once it completes its two-week drydock refurbishment in fall 2014.
The musical play CATS is based on T.S. Eliot's “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” and was one of the longest running productions on Broadway. It was also the winner of numerous awards including seven Tonys, two Oliviers and a Grammy. The show has been seen in over 20 countries and translated into more than 10 languages.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Really Useful Group to bring one of the world’s most beloved musicals to Oasis of the Seas,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Adding CATS to our already amazing line up of Broadway musicals such as Hairspray, Chicago: The Musical, Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia exemplify our commitment to bringing top quality entertainment to our guests at no extra cost.”
Behind the new stage show is the UK-based production company "The Really Useful Group" founded in 1977 to bring the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber to the world and manage his complete catalogue – including theatrical and symphonic works, a requiem mass and countless rock and pop songs.
The Drydock Schedule
Oasis of the Seas will be going into drydock in Europe in October of 2014, specifically in Rotterdam. In accordance with the schedule the ship will be offering two transatlantic cruises; a 12 night eastbound cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona sailing September 1, 2014, and a 13 night westbound voyage returning from Rotterdam to Port Everglades sailing October 14. On October 15 the ship will stop in Southampton giving passengers a chance to board a day later.
While in Europe, Oasis will also offer two five – night Western Mediterranean round-trip cruises from Barcelona; leaving September 13 and September 18, 2014. There will also be a seven night sailing from Barcelona to Rotterdam sailing on September 23. The ship will then enter drydock in Rotterdam for two weeks from September 30 through October 13.
Changes have also been made in the Caribbean schedule in accordance with this European sojourn. There will be a two-night Bahamas cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale on August 30, 2014, and a five night Western Caribbean cruise sailing October 27, also from Fort Lauderdale.