Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas is now sailing from Miami following the completion of a $165 million renovation project. The ship now has the line’s first barbecue restaurant, Portside BBQ, as well as other popular amenities from throughout the Royal Caribbean fleet, such as the Ultimate Abyss slide, the live music venue Music Hall and a reimagined Caribbean pool deck. The ship is now sailing seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Miami before heading to New York City in May 2020, where it will become the largest cruise ship to sail from the area.
The Ultimate Abyss is a 10-story-tall slide, joining a new trio of waterslides called The Perfect Storm. The reimagined Caribbean pool deck has a Splashaway Bay kids aquapark, The Lime & Coconut poolside bar, hammocks, casitas, in-pool loungers and live music.
In addition to Portside BBQ, other new dining experiences include the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, and the Bionic Bar by Makr Shakr, home to the line’s signature robot bartenders. El Loco Fresh offers Mexican street fare to go, while Sugar Beach sells more than 220 types of candy, plus it has a walk-up ice cream window.
In terms of entertainment, Aqua80 is a new show in the Aqua Theater that sets high dives and acrobatics to iconic tunes from the 80s. In the Royal Theater, the new One Sky production guides travelers through a journey of discovery with music and choreography that explores human connections. The new Spotlight Karaoke venue offers guests the chance to rock out either on the main stage or in one of two private rooms, while Music Hall hosts a roster of live cover bands.
The ship also has a new Adventure Ocean area with a new layout and a lineup of interactive, personalized experiences, while the Social298 teen lounge has gaming consoles, music, movies and a new outdoor deck called The Patio. Clash for the Crystal City is a new glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience, while Royal Escape Room – Mission Control: Apollo 18 is the ship’s new escape room experience.
The ship also now integrates with the Royal Caribbean mobile app, which allows guests to check in from their phone and, once onboard, use the app as a digital stateroom key and TV remote.
The Oasis of the Seas is the first Oasis-class ship to be modernized as part of the Royal Amplified fleet modernization effort, which represents an investment of more than $1 billion across 10 ships in four years.