The main part of the holiday was always intended to be the cruise, and so July 2nd saw us boarding 'Oasis of the Seas', our home for the week. Oasis of the Seas is one of the world's largest cruise liners, operated by Royal Caribbean International, and the first set of pics simply gives an idea of the ship's facilities. Apart from rooms for approximately 6000 passengers and over 2000 crew, the ship offers seven 'neighbourhoods' for guest enjoyment. These are: Central Park
, with boutique shops and restaurants, a bar that can be raised or lowered over three decks, and a living park with over 12,000 plants and 56 trees; Pool and Sports Zone
, with sloped-entry pools, hot-tubs, surf simulators, a mini-golf course, zip line, and table tennis facilities; Vitality at Sea
, with a large spa and gym with over 150 cardio and resistance machines, as well as a jogging track around the full ship; Boardwalk
, with a carousel, bars and restaurants, rock-climbing walls and a 750 outdoor AquaTheatre for diving shows; Royal Promenade
, featuring shops and restaurants, bingo hall, and even a branch of Starbucks; Youth Zone
providing science lab and computer gaming plus events and activities for youths of all ages; and Entertainment Place
, featuring the main cinema, an ice-skating rink, nightclubs, casino and smaller venues for jazz and comedy performances.
Shanhong took the following video just walking along ONE of the many decks, but it gives an idea of the size of the ship. Enjoy!