2011년 8월 24일 수요일

세계 최대 크루즈 선 "바다의 오아시스" : World largest Cruise ship, "Oasis of the Seas"

망망대해를 항해하는 것은 하늘을 날고 싶은 마음과 같이 인간에게 내재된 욕망 혹은 바람인 것 같다. 바라 보는 바다의 너머에 무엇이 있을찌 그리고 바다의 넓고 큰 존재 앞에서 불가능을 넘어 도전하고픈 마음을 가능하게 한 것은 배를 만드는 것이었다. 이제 그 엄청난 위력과 크기의 바다를 쉽게 섭렵할 수 있는 세계에서 가장 큰 초 대형 유락선이 있어서 바다의 오아시스라고 불리며 우리의 도전 정신을 채워 주고 바다를 정복할 수 있는 도구가 되어 온갖 시설과 기술로 많은 사람의 휴가시 체험하고픈 것 중의 하나가 되었다. 바다에 있지만 떠 있는 호텔, 아니면 너무 안전하고 대형이라 조금도 바다에 있는 것 같지 않게 만드는 초대형 크루즈 배를 알아 보자.

Oasis of the Seas - Ship Description

When she launches in late 2009, Oasis of the Seas will be the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world. An architectural marvel at sea, she will span 16 decks, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms. Oasis of the Seas will be the first ship to tout the cruise line’s new neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which includes Central Park, Boardwalk, and the Royal Promenade.
The neighborhood concept will provide vacationers with the opportunity to seek out relevant experiences based on their personal styles, preferences or moods. Boardwalk, will be a breathtaking space for families inspired by the nostalgic seaside piers of yesteryear; the first amphitheater at sea, AquaTheater, will celebrate water with the largest freshwater pool found on a ship offering a full spectrum of activities and performances for guests; and the urban living concept will take to the high seas with the introduction of industry-first loft suites offering expansive ocean views and luxury amenities. Enhancements to the cruise line’s signature Royal Promenade will include a new design allowing guests to have a physical connection with the neighborhood above, Central Park, as natural light cascades down from the sky through the Crystal Canopy sculptured glass domes. Other surprises include two rock-climbing walls and the first zip-line at sea suspended nine decks above Boardwalk. The ship will sail from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Oasis of the Seas - Central Park

Oasis of the Seas Central ParkOasis of the Seas Central Park Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International
The Oasis of the Seas Central Park is an open air park found mid-ship on deck 8. With no sea view and surrounded on all sides by the ship, you could easily be in any city park. The greenery and shade make it a pleasant place to sit outside and have a drink or dine alfresco.

Central Park is mostly geared towards adults. It has six restaurants and bars, including the ship's most upscale restaurant, 150 Central Park, and Royal Caribbean passenger favorite Chops Grille. Award-winning young chef Keriann Von Raesfeld manages 150 Central Park, which features two, eight-course tasting menus.

Other restaurants at the Oasis Central Park are casual Italian trattoria Giovanni's Table and the indoor/outdoor gourmet marketPark Cafe.

Oasis of the Seas - Boardwalk

Oasis of the Seas - BoardwalkOasis of the Seas Boardwalk (c) Linda Garrison
The Oasis of the Seas Boardwalk feels like a traditional seaside pier and is a fun family neighborhood. Found on deck 6, the Boardwalk is flanked on one end by Dazzles Bar and on the other by theAquaTheaterrock climbing walls, and the sea. Cabins line both sides of the Boardwalk, and those near the stern can see both the seaand the fun on the Boardwalk and in the AquaTheater.

Other than the AquaTheater, the most striking feature of the Boardwalk is the large, handmade carousel. The music and menagerie of animals circling the carousel certainly give the Boardwalk an authentic feel.

The eateries reflect the casual seaside atmosphere--Johnny Rockets, the Seafood Shack, donut shop, Boardwalk Bar, and ice cream parlor.

Oasis of the Seas - Royal Promenade

Oasis of the Seas - Royal PromenadeOasis of the Seas (c) Linda Garrison
The Oasis of the Seas Royal Promenade is an expanded and enhanced version of the Royal Promenade on Royal Caribbean's Voyager and Freedom-class ships. It's the first area passengers see when boarding the ship since it serves as the entry point for embarkation. Located on deck 5 underneath Central Park, the Royal Promenade is three decks high and features large skylights that allow light into the area from Central Park overhead.

Much like a mall, the Royal Promenade is lined with eight retail shops and nine restaurants and bars. The most innovative bar is appropriately called The Rising Tide Bar. It carries 32 and works as as "elevator bar", moving slowly up and down as it links Central Park and the Royal Promenade.

Oasis of the Seas - Pool and Sports Zone

Oasis of the Seas Pool Deck - Royal Caribbean Oasis of the SeasOasis of the Seas Pool and Sports Zone Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International
The Pool and Sports Zone stretches the length of the Oasis of the Seas on decks 15 and 16. It's a terrific outdoor playground.

Four distinctly different pools and several whirlpools provide plenty of space for water fun. The Beach Pool has a sloped entry allowing guests to wade into the pool. The Main Pool is surrounded by sun lounges and is flanked by two whirlpools. The H2O Zone is a signature Royal Caribbean family water park, and the Sports Pool is restricted to lap swimmers in the morning and team water sports in the afternoon.

My favorite part of this neighborhood is the adults-only, two-deckSolarium, a gorgeous, peaceful area forward.

The Pool and Sports Zone has ten restaurants and bars.

Oasis of the Seas - Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center

Oasis of the Seas - Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness CenterOasis of the Seas Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center (c) Linda Garrison
The Vitality Spa and Fitness Center is found forward on deck 6. The spa features a Thermal Suite with heated tile lounges and steam rooms and 29 treatment rooms. It also includes calming relaxation rooms. Teens and kids even have a spa area of their own.

The Fitness Center has 158 fitness machines, including cardio and resistance equipment. Guests can work out alone or join in on one of several classes such as spinning, kickboxing, Pilates or yoga.

The Vitality Cafe offers healthy snacks, sandwiches, wraps, fruit and smoothies.

Oasis of the Seas - Entertainment Place

Oasis of the Seas Entertainment PlaceOasis of the Seas Entertainment Place (c) Linda Garrison
Entertainment Place is the hub for Oasis of the Seas nightlife. Occupying all of deck 4, it is easily accessed from the Royal Promenade. Entertainment Place includes the Casino Royale, the Opal Theater, Studio B, Comedy Place, Jazz on 4, and the Blaze Nightclub. That's quite a list!

The Opal Theater currently features a 90-minute version of the hit Broadway play "Hairspray", an aerial and dancing spectacular called "Come Fly with Me", and special headliners. Studio B is home to the Oasis ice rink and ice show called "Frozen in Time". Cruisers can book free tickets for all the shows in advance of their cruise.

Oasis of the Seas - Youth Zone

Oasis of the Seas - Adventure Science LabOasis of the Seas Adventure Science Lab (c) Linda Garrison
The Youth Zone covers over 28,000 square feet on the Oasis of the Seas. The Adventure Ocean area for kids ages 6 months to 12 years old is found on deck 14, and the Youth Zone Teen area is on deck 15.

Adventure Ocean features four different age group areas: Royal Babies and Tots (6 months to 3 years), Aquanauts (3 to 5 years), Explorers (6 to 8 years), and Voyagers (9 to 11 years). Each distinct area has counselors and age-appropriate activities.

In addition to the Adventure Ocean age-group areas, the space includes a Workshop for family activities, Imagination Studio, the Adventure Ocean Theater, Play Area, and a Science Lab.

Teens will love the Fuel disco and The Living Room. 

Oasis of the Seas - Cabins and Suites

Oasis of the Seas - Balcony CabinOasis of the Seas Balcony Cabin (c) Linda Garrison
Oasis of the Seas has 2,706 cabins and suites. Almost 2,000 have balconies that overlook the ocean, Central Park, or the Boardwalk. Oasis has 37 different categories of cabins and suites, so there is certainly an accommodation to suit everyone's tastes and pocketbooks.

The 28 loft suites high on deck 17 are a first for the cruise industry, with two levels and floor-to-ceiling windows. Like all the Oasis staterooms, these suites are contemporary and chic. I loved the AquaTheater Suites, with huge balconies that overlook the Boardwalk, AquaTheater, and the sea.

Families will enjoy the numerous types of family cabins and suites, which sleep up to six.

Superior ocean view cabins with a balcony in category D1 have a balcony with 80 square feet. All other D category cabins have 50 square foot balconies.

Royal Loft Suit

Oasis of the Seas - Dining Options

Oasis of the Seas - Opus Dining RoomOasis of the Seas Opus Dining Room (c) Linda Garrison
Oasis of the Seas passengers will not be disappointed by the 24 distinct dining options scattered around the ship, many of which are included in the cruise fare, while others have a surcharge.

Many cuisines are covered, so passengers can eat All-American favorites one day and then enjoy Italian, Asian, or seafood the next. In addition to the various cuisines, the ambiance ranges from casual to chic to elegant. Guests can grab a quick bite at Windjammers, enjoy a traditional restaurant at the Opus Dining Room, or have a special meal at 150 Central ParkChops Grille, or the Chef's Table.

Much like the shows, cruisers can book a table in any of the specialty restaurants prior to their cruise.

Oasis of the Seas - First Impressions

Sunset and the Oasis of the Seas Aqua TheaterOasis of the Seas - Sunset Over the AquaTheater (c) Linda Garrison
As noted earlier, I was originally concerned about the size and number of innovations on the Oasis of the Seas, but my fears were quickly dispelled when I toured the ship on our two-night cruise. Now, I think Oasis will appeal to anyone who loves large ship cruising, but also to those who have never cruised but enjoy resort vacations. The variety of entertainment, food, and accommodations should attract many fun-loving travelers to cruising.

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary cruise accommodation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

The Finnish-built 225,282-ton ship owned by Royal Caribbean International is the world's largest cruise ship -- five times larger than the Titanic. It has a capacity of 5,400 passengers (double occupancy) and is set for its debut first official voyage in the Caribbean on December 1 5. The ship's maximum cruising speed is 22 knots.

The World's Largest Cruise Ship

Oasis of the Seas Ship Tour- PART 1

Oasis of the Seas Ship Tour- PART 2

Oasis of the Seas' 16 decks house four main swimming pools, a park promenade, surf simulators, rock climbing, and miniature golf.

Located on Deck 15, the Oasis Dunes miniature golf course offers a scenic spot to work on your short game.

Oasis’ main pool deck features a traditional pool (pictured), zero-entry “beach” pool, sports pool and the H20 Zone, a kids’ pool with multiple water features.

With a 15-foot depth, multiple fountains and high-diving platforms, the AquaTheater will be the site for Cirque-like shows combining synchronized swimming, diving and acrobatics.

Royal Caribbean sports staff member Colin Kerr tries out one of two surf simulators on board the world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas.

The world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas has seven distinct onboard neighborhoods, including the Pool and Sports Zone, the Youth Zone, the Boardwalk neighborhood (pictured), Entertainment Place, Central Park and more.

A two-story Crown Loft Suite with two-story window and balcony on board the Oasis of the Seas. The world's largest and newest cruise ship has 2,700 staterooms, including 28-ultra-modern loft suites.

Live greenery, trees and tropical plants are among the features of Central Park, a football field sized promenade on board the Oasis of the Seas.

Part lounge, part elevator, the Rising Tide Bar floats up and down between three levels on the Oasis of the Seas.

Located on Deck 4, Casino Royale offers slot machines, table games, tournaments and complimentary gaming lessons.

Combined with adjacent interactive displays, Oasis’ 24 passenger elevators offer fast access to amenities throughout the ship.

Guests exit the popular Boardwalk neighborhood, where a carousel, casual restaurants and the AquaTheater pool and stage recall an old-style seaside pier.

A longtime Royal Caribbean tradition, the Royal Promenade is a pedestrian-friendly boulevard lined with restaurants, shops and guest-service facilities.

The Oasis' Boardwalk is an outdoor venue featuring Cirque-style water shows (at the AquaTheater), a handmade carousel, restaurants, carnival-style games and more.

The Ice show, "Frozen in Time", combines elaborate costumes, dazzling special effects and the artistry of 10 Olympic-caliber skaters.

The world's biggest and newest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, is seen on November 20, in Port Everglades, Florida.

Cruise on Oasis Of The Seas, part 1/2

Cruise on Oasis Of The Seas, part 2/2

Oasis of the Seas Tour

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