When Royal Caribbean built Oasis of the Seas' Central Park, no one had seen anything like it. Imagine a lush park the size of a football field -- in the middle of a cruise ship! Central Park, situated on Deck 8, features a courtyard of tropical plants and walkways, as well as a town square with dining and entertainment. It's now a popular feature on not only Oasis, but on sister ships Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, as well as the new Oasis-class ships that are currently being built.
The space features real living foliage, much like the Lawn Club on sister line Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Solstice -- but that's where the similarities end. Where the Lawn Club is a grassy section of that ship's top deck for sunning and sport, Central Park is an area about as long as the Royal Promenade (Royal Caribbean's hallmark shopping and dining corridor, found on Voyager- and Freedom-class ships) and twice as wide.
Here are the some of the myriad features and amenities you'll find there, as well as plenty of Central Park pictures:
The 254 Central Park-view balcony staterooms (four are wheelchair accessible) and 80 Park-view windowed cabins overlook the park's Deck 8 thoroughfare. What's unique about the ship's construction is that it allows for more outside cabins. Even those facing inward on the park have balconies, fresh air and a view.
Central Park is home to boutique shops showcasing upscale merchandise. The Parkside Gallery sells original artwork, and the first standalone Coach store at sea offers handbags, leather goods, sunglasses and scarves. (Sister line Celebrity does sell Coach items, but within a merchandise shop.) A Tiffany store opened on the ship in 2015. Picture This, a portrait studio, is also found there.
Seven restaurants, cafes and bars line Central Park. Royal Caribbean favorite Chops Grille is there, with tables indoor and out, as well as Vintages wine bar. Eateries that debuted on Oasis include 150 Central Park (the line's most upscale restaurant), Park Cafe and Giovanni's Table (with an Italian theme). The Trellis Bar serves drinks under a vined canopy while the Rising Tide bar glides up and down from Deck 5.
See photos of Oasis of the Seas' restaurants and bars.
Evening entertainment includes alfresco concerts and "street" performances. For those who love gardening, a free tour of Central Park with a landscape specialist is offered once per cruise.
See pictures of Central Park in our Oasis of the Seas photo gallery.
--Updated by Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor