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Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International, Oasis of the Seas, Zip Line Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International / Tim Aylen | Zip Line

Along with sister ship Allure of the Seas, the 4,074-passenger Oasis of the Seas was the largest vessel at sea when it launched in 2009. It has since been eclipsed by another Royal Caribbean ship, Harmony of the Seas, but Oasis of the Seas is still a mammoth sight to behold. There are seven "neighborhoods" throughout the ship, including a bustling Boardwalk with a classic carousel and a Central Park filled with 12,000 plants and trees (you'll also find parades and theme parties here).

This relatively new ship has already received two upgrades since it launched. A 2014 refurbishment added 10 suites, some overlooking the first-ever AquaTheater, while a 2016 renovation added some luxe upgrades, including the first Tiffany & Co. boutique at sea and the Royal Suite Class. These suites include personal butler service, a first for this mainstream line and a perk not usually found outside luxury lines.

What We Love

Nonstop Action: There's an activity taking place every hour while at sea at the bustling Entertainment Place. Watch synchronized swimming shows at the AquaTheater, ice-skate inside while it’s 80 degrees F outside, and catch Broadway-style shows (including "Cats") in the trilevel theater. Thrill-seekers head for the two FlowRider surf simulators, the zip line, and the two 43-foot-high rock-climbing walls.

Inclusiveness: Royal Caribbean is the first certified autism-friendly cruise line. Services such as priority boarding, sensory-related toys, onboard programs, and special meals are available free of charge for guests of all ages.

High-Tech Availability: The ship's Voom internet system is the fastest Wi-Fi at sea, and the Royal iQ app lets you make dinner reservations from your smartphone or tablet.

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Family-Friendly Fun: The H20 Zone water park showcases a plethora of play areas, and the DreamWorks collaboration and Adventure Ocean interactive program involve the whole clan. The teen disco and hangout haven mean eye-roll-free time until 2 am.

Dining Diversity: It's hard not to spend extra for meals on board, from $5 tacos and quesadillas at Sabor Taqueria to the $45 per-person, three-course menu at 150 Central Park. The included restaurants aren't bad, though. The Dog House grills seven types of links, served with a variety of toppings, and the free breakfast at Johnny Rockets is a good alternative to the crowded Windjammer buffet. Royal Caribbean's DreamWorks-inspired breakfast of Hippo-Sized Pancakes and Ogre Orange Juice with "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" is a fun time for kids, with a cover charge of $10 for those over 6 years old.

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Who It's Best For

Cruisers on the Go: There is constant activity on Oasis of the Seas, which appeals to families, millennials, and Generation Xers who play hard.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Line Up: Wait times for the surf simulators and zip line can seem endless, and kids club participants and Sky Class passengers get first dibs. Grab a snack at nearby Wipe Out Café and scope the lines before committing.

Watch Your Bill: Of the 25 restaurants and bars on board, nearly half incur an extra fee, so it's easy to spend more on this ship than you planned.

Chanize Thorpe

Chanize Thorpe is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Brides and Uptown.

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Oasis of the Seas at a Glance
  • Line: Royal Caribbean
  • Class: Oasis
  • Number of Passengers: 4074
  • Ship Size: Mega
  • Launch Date: 2009
  • Refurbish Date: 2016
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