Oasis of the Seas: The Boardwalk
If Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas offers a touch of Manhattan onboard with its Central Park neighborhood, the "Boardwalk" offers a taste of Coney Island at sea -- with some decidedly modern twists. (Check out Oasis of the Seas Boardwalk Photos.)
The overall feel is reminiscent of such classic pier leisure spots that dot the United States' northeast coast, with the aft-situated neighborhood offering many of the same attractions you'd expect to find as seaside favorites including:
Cruising's first carousel. The 21 figures of this old fashioned carnie-style attraction -- horse, zebras, lions and giraffes -- were hand-crafted out of poplar wood. The whole construction took roughly eight months.
As you might imagine, traditional carnival games are available. Try your luck, but in my experience, the house usually wins.
Madame Zamara's psychic and tattoo parlor is another unique addition. The tattoos are temporary, but escaping your dark fate may prove more of a challenge.
Options for consumption in the neighborhood include Johnny Rockets (a returning Royal Caribbean favorite, which will now feature diner-style breakfast, free; along with lunch and dinner, $4.95), a Seafood Shack ($8.95 for a set meal; $3.50 for extra helpings), Boardwalk Donut Shop (free), ice cream parlor (prices vary) and a candy shop (prices vary). The Boardwalk Bar provides a venue for libations.
Along with these classic features are some more modern touches and industry innovations, such as:
Located on the stern of teh ship is the AquaTheater, an amphitheater-style venue with tiered seating platforms that lead down to cruising's largest freshwater pool. By day the area serves as a spot for sunning, swimming and other water-based activities (SCUBA lessons work in a pool that's 17.9 feet deep). A daytime show, Splish Splash, will be more comedic in nature (and aimed at the family).
At night, the area transforms into a theatrical venue with seating for 600. Oasis Dream, a water show synchronized to music and lights, takes place in the pool (think the Bellagio fountains in Vegas) with hundred of water nozzles shooting water up to 65 feet high. Acrobatics and high-diving take place in and around the pool. Two diving towers above the pool are connected by a bridge, with a trapeze behind and a trampoline between, allowing gymnasts and aerialists to perform impressive feats in the air then dismount into the pool.
The pool itself has custom-built lifts so the depth can rise or fall (deep for high diving, shallow for water ballet). Plus, underwater cameras film performers when they're out of sight of the audience and broadcast the images onto two giant LED screens flanking the stage.
For passengers who don't want to be far from all the goings-on, a new class of suites, called Aqua Suites, flank the Aqua Theater. The balconies from these six cabins will allow for private viewing of the nightly performances.
Oasis' Boardwalk boasts a pair on enormous rock climbing walls, one on either side of the AquaTheater, which rise up six decks.
Passengers have the chance to try the first zip-line at sea suspended nine decks above Boardwalk's ground level. The idea is for passengers to be able to glide diagonally from one side of the pool deck to the other.
Similar to the accommodations found overlooking Central Park, the Boardwalk features 221 inward facing Boardwalk View balcony cabins. There are also eight Boardwalk View cabins -- like accommodations but with picture windows instead of balconies.
The space also features several retail venues, including a novelty photo store, and Star Pier and Pinwheels (for kids and teens).
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Oasis of the Seas Boardwalk Photos
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