This is a video tour of the most striking features of Royal Caribbean International’s new Oasis of the Seas, now by far the largest cruise ship on the planet!
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the 5,400-passenger ship that gave new meaning to the term “mega-ship” when it launched in 2008, underwent a fairly substantial overhaul in late 2014.
The purpose of Oasis’ two-week dry dock was to bring the world’s largest cruise ship up to date with the latest dining and technology innovations being rolled out on Royal Caribbean’s newest ships. The biggest of these innovations is the line’s Dynamic Dining concept, which will see the classic cruise ship main dining room abandoned in favor of a bevy of restaurants — both free and for-fee. However, the date for implementing Dynamic Dining has not yet been decided.
The restaurants that are already open include: Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar: A Mexican restaurant, which was first introduced on Navigator of the Seas, is alfresco on The Boardwalk — making it well suited for a Caribbean sailing; and Coastal Kitchen, which is only available to suite passengers.
The big change involves carving out space in the Opus Dining Room — a single dining room laid out over three decks and serving the same menu — with the launch of three completely different restaurants: American Icon Grill, Silk and The Grande. The three-deck space is still joined by a three-story atrium, but the line has worked hard to achieve separation — adding sheer curtains to Silk and landscape-paneled dividers to American Icon Grill
Other changes/debuts include: The for-fee Izumi, the teppanyaki and sushi joint, is in the process of being moved and expanded; and Wonderland, an avant garde restaurant which debuted on Quantum of the Seas.
Internet. Oasis had its Internet service upgraded as part of Royal’s partnership with O3B, which purports to offer passengers Internet speeds comparable to those available on shore. The Royal iQ app is part of the new technology package, as well, and will allow passengers to book reservations for restaurants, shore excursions and spa appointments directly from a smartphone or tablet.
Suites. The Oasis refurbishment also saw 10 new suites added to the ship overlooking the AquaTheater and Boardwalk “neighborhood.” What’s more, suite passengers will be able to enjoy a couple of exclusive new spaces on Deck 17 — the Suite Lounge, the Sun Deck and the Coastal Kitchen suite-only restaurant.
Oasis of the Seas Dress Code
Seven-night cruises have two formal nights and five casual nights. A decent number of men choose to wear tuxedos for formal dining, though dark suits were more common on our sailing. Women are typically found in cocktail dresses or gowns.
Rest & Relaxation Spa
Action & Adventure
Kids & Families
Entertainment & Shopping
New for suite guests
Romance at Sea