The Neighbors are Talking

Oasis of the Seas unveils its final neighborhood

Royal Caribbean International announced that the final neighborhood on the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, launching in November 2009, will be the Youth Zone, which joins Central Park, the Boardwalk with the AquaTheater, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center and Entertainment Place.

Covering more than 28,700 square feet, the area is built around Kids Avenue, a central boulevard connecting children with activities from scavenger hunts to talent shows. Scheduled and guided age-specific activities will be offered to three Adventure Ocean program age groups, each with its own space: Aquanauts, ages 3 to 5; Explorers, ages 6 to 8; and Voyagers, ages 9 to 11. Other highlights include a Kid’s Arcade; the Workshop, where families can learn scrapbooking skills or create personalized jewelry; Imagination Studio, where children can explore with Adventure Art by Crayola; a fully-equipped lab for Adventure Science Lab; Play, a circular area where children can participate in a variety of sports and games; and Adventure Ocean Theater, a children’s theater at sea complete with a stage, audience seating and state-of-the-art production equipment.

An innovation for the industry is the Royal Babies and Tots nursery for children six months or older. Open daily, it will offer parents childcare drop-off options in the daytime and evening. The Crayola Beginnings line of toddler art tools will be featured in certain art activities.

Responding to its teen advisory board, RCI has positioned the teen-only spaces a deck above the Adventure Ocean areas and adjacent to the ship’s Sports Deck, where teens can enjoy two FlowRider surf simulators, the miniature golf course and the Sports Court for volleyball and basketball games. Oasis will have newer, larger versions of Fuel disco and The Living Room, with the “mock-tail” bar, Scratch DJ 101 classes and a bank of computer stations.