Thursday, September 4, 2008

Royal Caribbean Debuts Oasis of the Seas Pool & Spa Areas

Royal Caribbean International unveiled two more neighborhoods for the 220,000-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas -- the Pool and Sports Zone and the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. Stretching the length of the ship, the Pool and Sports Zone will feature private cabanas, four pools, and two FlowRider surf simulators, each larger than the single FlowRider found on the line’s Freedom-class ships. Building on Royal Caribbean’s Vitality wellness program, the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center will feature spa treatments and Kinesis group classes, a no-impact workout utilizing natural movement to engage several muscle groups simultaneously.
Oasis of the Seas will have seven neighborhoods. Previously announced were Central Park, an open-air park setting with live foliage; Boardwalk, with a carousel; and a much wider Royal Promenade than found on earlier Royal Caribbean ships. The Pool and Sports Zone will include an adults-only Solarium and sports deck. The Beach Pool will have a sloped entry to wade into the water or relax in a beach chair under an umbrella as the water rolls underneath. Located on the opposite side of the ship from the Beach Pool and separated by Central Park six decks below is the Main Pool with two side-by-side whirlpools. Overlooking both pools will be private cabanas, complete with a dedicated attendant. Families will easily spot Royal Caribbean’s H2O Zone, marked by a giant octopus with slides and water-spraying tentacles. Separate wading and current pools, as well as a dedicated infant and toddler pool, will be surrounded by adult and child-sized lounge chairs. The Sports Pool will host afternoon water team sports such as basketball, badminton and water polo, while morning hours will be dedicated to lap swimming.
The adults-only, two-deck Solarium will be a glass-paneled enclave with seating on islands surrounded by water. The Solarium will offer a swimming pool, two whirlpools, and four cantilevered whirlpools suspended 136 feet above the ocean. The mezzanine level will overlook the pool deck below, offering additional chaise lounges and seating. The new Solarium Bistro will offer casual fare from the Vitality spa menu during the day, and in the evenings, transform into a venue for specialty dining and dancing, and later, for a late-night dance club called Club 20. The Sports Deck in the Pool and Sports Zone also will boast the first zipline at sea, and two of the FlowRider surf simulators, flanking either side of the elevated back deck. There also will be a nine-hole miniature golf course and the Sports Court for basketball and volleyball. Near the FlowRiders will be the Wipe Out Bar and the casual dining venue, the Wipe Out Café.
The Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center will feature relaxation rooms; a thermal suite with heated tile loungers, saunas and steam rooms; three couples massage suites; and seven individual treatment rooms. There also will be a dedicated spa for kids and teens. The Fitness Center will offer the latest cardio and resistance equipment as well as classes in spinning, kickboxing, Pilates and yoga. The Vitality Café will offer healthy snacks, light meals and juices.
Oasis of the Seas, which is scheduled to launch in November 2009, opens for general bookings on Sept. 3. Diamond and Diamond-plus members of the Crown & Anchor Society are already able to make reservations, and all Crown & Anchor members can do so starting Aug. 28. The ship will sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

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