Oasis of the Seas? Kuki is ALL WET!
Written by: Paul Motter
Kuki knocking Oasis of the Seas? It isn’t how big you make them, it is how you make them big. Calling it a “Really Huge Sucker” is not way to refer to what will the the ship that changes the prardigm of cruising forever! Oasis has about the same passenger/space ratio as Queen Mary 2, and calling it A ReallY Huge Sucker – This is a blog and I hate to tell you what kind of linkbacks you have generated with that phrase – but that’s beside the point!
The point is that you are saying Oasis is too big, and that you wouldn’t be caught dead on the ship. I just could not disagree with you more. I think Oasis is going to change the paradigm of how we see cruise ships from here on out. There will still be plenty of room for smaller/intimate ships, but Oasis is going to be the first of a new breed of ships which will take the cruise experience to whole new level and we will never look back.
Is it too big? Absolutely not. From an energy standpoint, it is better for the environment because you get far more efficiency in fuel usage per passenger than a small ship will ever give you.
But more importantly – for the guest – while you say it will too crowded to walk down the hallway without saying “excuse me” ten times; I disagree. The ship is laid out with many different “neighborhoods” each of which is capable of involving a thousand or more passengers at any given time.
Activities will be spread throughout the ship all day and night. There are THREE main entertainment venues for shows, plus several different nightclubs. The three main showrooms are separated and each will handle about 1/3 of the passenger load every night. You have the Opal Theater (standard production showroom), Studio B (the ice rink theater) and the AquaTheater at the end of the Boardwalk. Central Park and the Boardwalk are two entirely new attractions never before seen on a cruise ship. Each is capable of handling many cruisers so the rest of the ship will not feel crowded.
Central Park is the perfect analogy. Manahattan, the island, is “too crowded” as far as population is concerned, but the city’s Central Park is some 10 square miles, making it big enough to accommodate the entire city with a piece of serenity for anyone who wants to find it.
Oasis also has entertainment nightclubs that rival the best on ships anywhere. Personally, I am excited about the Comedy City Club, with stand up comedy all night long. That is a first for a cruise ship, and I think it is a great idea.
On the other hand, the nightclub “Blaze” will have a beautiful two-story stage overlooking the boardwalk and will have all kinds of music all night. Despite the name, I see it more as a Queen’s Room on Queen Mary 2.
Speaking of Queen Mary 2 – that ship has about the same passenger/space ratio as Oasis, and it does not feel crowded at all. It isn’t how big you make them, it is how you make them big.
Saying the next generation of cruise ships is “Too Big” is the oldest misperception in the cruise industry, one that has been proven wrong time and again. Next year at this time we will be watching major news shows talking about this ship, with either president Obama or McCain making some kind of comment about it for the reporters. It is revolutionary.
Please make your comments below, who is right, Kuki (too big) or me (revolutionary).
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