a “floating nation”
As cruisers of the “Oasis of the Seas” sailing through the blue waters of the Caribbean on warm days of April we became new citizens of a floating nation at sea.
The Oasis of the Seas with its maiden voyage on 5 December 2009 is the world’s largest cruise ship setting a new record of carrying over 6,000 passengers and a crew of 2,165.
Embarking at the home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and calling at Nassau, Bahamas, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and Philipsburg, St.
Maarten, the Oasis 7-night cruise could be your experience of a lifetime whether this is your first time sailing or you’re an experienced cruiser.
Never seen before on any cruise ship are the themed areas called “neighbourhoods” each of which is diverse and possesses its own unique personality.
The first-ever Boardwalk and Central Park at Sea are awesome. Our favourite is the Central Park of lush tropical greenery (with over 12,000 plants and 56 trees). Located at the centre of the ship, the park opens to the sky and because of its foliage, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and art gallery we had reasons to hang out there. The park also includes access to an amazing bar called “Tidnewse Bar” which can be raised or lowered to three separate levels.
The Boardwalk features a carousel, more restaurants, shops, two 43 foot-high rock-climbing walls, and a tatoo parlour. Its outdoor Aqua Theatre, with the “Oasis of Dreams Aqua Show”, hosts the ship’s largest freshwater pool.
The Royal Promenade shopping mall-at-sea is complete with a barber shop, a pub, boutiques, pizzeria, and giant arched lights.
Entertainment-wise the Oasis offers passengers captivating theatrical productions – “Hairspray” and “Come Fly With Me” at the Opal Theatre, and “Frozen in Time” ice show. The ship also offers multiple night clubs and a karaoke club. The comedy club is always full every night.
With so many things to do and see while on board you may not want to waste any single moment of your stay at sea. Always remember that the “best part about traveling is being able to do things you can’t do back home”.
Try your luck at the Casino Royal, the largest and most sophisticated casino at sea. Or play bingo. Or just sit back and relax on a chaise lounge on the top deck. Or pamper yourself with a massage at the Vitality-at-Sea Spa. Or do a workout at the Fitness Centre. Or jog around the ship (to travel 1 mile you have to walk 2.4 laps). Or enjoy wine testing. Or take a dip in any of the 5 swimming pools. Or enjoy the calypso music street party. Or boogie down, do the hustle and shake your booty at the 70’s disco.
For a little adventure, try soaring from one end of the ship to the other on the first “zip line” at sea, a thrilling 82 foot-ride in the sports zone. Or try climbing the rock-climbing walls. Or surfing the big flowrider. Or skating at Studio B ice-skating rink. If you get bored it’s your own fault.
For children and teens visit the Youth Zone for science and computer gaming. The Oasis has nurseries for infants and toddlers (6 months and older).
See you at the Oasis!