As part of Royal Caribbean's big NYC reveal of more Oasis of the Seas details, the line has introduced the AquaTheater, located at the stern of the ship, which will offer innovative activities both day and night. The amphitheater-style space will adjoin the Boardwalk neighborhood and is focused on the celebration of water.
By day, the AquaTheater functions as a pool and lounge area. Passengers can swim in the kidney-shaped pool, which will be the largest and deepest (almost 18 feet deep) freshwater pool at sea or sunbathe on loungers along the tiered platforms surrounding the pool. SCUBA lessons will also be offered in the pool during the afternoon.
At night, the area transforms into a theatrical venue with seating for 600 guests. Fountain shows, synchronized to music and lights, will take place in the pool (think the Bellagio fountains in Vegas) with hundred of water nozzles shooting water up to 65 feet high. Acrobatic shows and high-diving performances will take place in and around the pool. Two diving towers above the pool will be 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 will have custom-built lifts so the depth can rise or fall (deep for high diving, shallow for water ballet). Plus, underwater cameras will 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, will flank the Aqua Theater. The balconies from these six cabins will allow for private viewing of the nightly performances.
Editor's Note: We can't help but notice that the concept is similar to Spice H20, a new F3 space Norwegian Cruise Line announced last night in Las Vegas (a combination pool deck, dining venue and outdoor theater).
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor
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Royal Caribbean Raises Curtain on Oasis AquaTheater
June 18, 2008