Royal Caribbean Reveals New Neighborhoods on Oasis of the Seas Ship


During an online virtual event attended Tuesday night by 16,000 travel agents, news media and consumers, ­­Royal Caribbean International revealed the latest two new “neighborhoods” for the 220,000-ton Oasis of the Seas, which launches in late 2009. Agents will discover plenty of “wow factor” elements.

Located above the Central Park area, the Pool and Sports Zone neighborhood will feature the first zip line at sea, multiple pools that include a new zero-entry Beach pool, an H20 Zone that resembles a huge octopus with long tentacles spouting water, private cabanas with attendants, a pair of FlowRiders for surfing, a sports court, and a nine-hole miniature golf course.

Designed for adults only, the Pool and Sport’s Zone’s glass-paneled, two-deck Solarium will boast six whirlpools including four cantilevered 136 feet above the water, “islands” of seating areas, a relaxation area and a pool. The Solarium’s bistro will serve healthy fare from the Vitality Spa menu during the day. At night, it will transform into Club 20 for casual dining and dancing.

The second neighborhood, the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, will field such new features as a dedicated children and teen spa, new Kinesis group classes, and a thermal suite with three couples’ massage suites and seven treatment rooms. During the virtual event, sponsored by AAA Travel and the Canadian Automobile Association, Royal Caribbean also said all Crown & Anchor members, the line’s repeat guests, may book Oasis of the Seas voyages starting today at AAA and other travel agencies. Previously, only Diamond and Diamond Plus members were able to book the ship.

General bookings open September 3. The 5,400-guest Oasis of the Seas will sail from Port Everglades, FL.