When Everything Is About Oasis, What’s a Cruise Blogger Like Me To Do?
Written by: Kuki
Let’s face it; for the next month or two all the “news” is about, or going to be about, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. I have to admit it’s for a good reason; with the upcoming debut of the largest ship yet, and the largest by 50%. For months we’ve heard about it with specifically timed “reveals”… the Central Park and Broadway Neighborhoods, and Ziplines, and floating bars, and loft suites, and the latest news of a concert onboard by Rihanna. Royal Caribbean’s Public Relations Dept. has done an outstanding job of releasing a steady stream of tidbits to keep their announcements front and center on all the cruise industry media outlets. And you have to tip your hat to them for their masterful work. And I have no doubt as the hype continues, thanks to that effective work winter fares will rise for those who’ve been waiting to book Oasis.
But, what’s to happen to writers who aren’t enthralled by everything Oasis? (ok I may be the only one) Why even writing about Carnival’s new Dream, or Norwegian’s new Epic makes us look like also-rans. Just writing about the odd looking “Top Hat” designs of Norwegian Epic’s Courtyard Villa area, makes it appear we’re really just championing the design of Oasis of the Seas.
I’m in desperate need of the cruise industry to step up to the plate and supply us with some truly bizarre incidents, and innovations to supply me with non Oasis material. Anyone working on a ship that can fly?
For awhile we thought we had something to write about when Norwegian announced the massively popular Blue Man Group would be leaving their Las Vegas venue, and appearing as a regular act on the Epic. It certainly seemed to us that, that was going to be a major innovation for cruise ship entertainment. But it appears that poor NCL got upstaged with the recent announcement that Rihanna will play a concert, at the Aqua Theater, during the inaugural 3 day cruise on the Oasis of the Seas; though to my mind Blue Man Group has broader overall entertainment appeal, and the fact they’ll be a regular act as opposed to a one time concert, should garner more attention.
But I always seem to be swimming upstream against the Oasis hype juggernaught. I’d hazard a guess that all media outlets will be shouting the praises of this ship when she finally debuts; particularly as the first few pre-revenue sailings will be filled with invited media types, industry insiders, and travel agents.
D’ja ever wonder why they don’t save all the “Special Events” for the first round of paying customers, who actually pay a premium to be in the “Inaugural Cruise” (when they really aren’t)? They should at least save some of that “pre-inaugural” Xtra large shrimp for the paying customers.
The coverage is going to let loose a torrential display of verbiage, with outlet after outlet attempting to find more “saucy” terminology to describe every detail about the ship. And what am I going to be writing about? Like this blog… I’ll keep my tongue in my cheek and probably just be “Gone Fishin”, at least mentally.
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Posted: October 27th, 2009 under Kuki.