The Pool and Sports Zone is located above the Central Park area atop the rows of cabins that flank it port and starboard, offering views below to the Central Park neighborhood (there's even a bridge connecting the two sides). It will encompass many of the same features found on Freedom- and Voyager-class ships -- including the rock climbing wall and mini-golf areas -- but there are new twists as well including:
The signature sports deck will feature not one but two FlowRiders (with the Wipeout Bar between them, as well as a Wipeout cafe serving burgers and dogs); a pool dedicated to sporting events such as volleyball and pool jousting; a mini-golf course; a large rock climbing wall; a basketball court; and a zip-line.
The H20 Zone is back with a fun new water feature -- an oversized octopus whose tentacles spout water.
The ship's new Beach Pool will be "zero entry" -- which means there's a gentle slope for entering as if you are at the beach (however, there's no sand). Colorful beach umbrellas will add to the resort feel. In total, Oasis of the Seas will feature four pools and 10 whirlpools.
There will be 10 private cabanas -- 5 overlooking the Beach Pool, 5 overlooking the Sports Pool -- featuring dedicated attendants.
The adults-only solarium has been moved to the bow of the ship, allowing it to be much larger yet quieter, with a great view to sea and "islands" of seating areas scattered through water features that will give the feeling of being in an actual, you guessed it -- oasis. The Solarium Bistro will feature healthy breakfasts in the morning and will transform into an alternate eatery for romantic dinners and dancing under the stars in the evenings. There are no menus yet, but a Royal Caribbean spokesperson tells us to expect heavy creams replaced with lighter sauces, and baked goods rather than fried. And even later into the night, this area will transform once again into Club 20, which is already a big hit with passengers on RCI's Freedom-class ships.
Over on the spa and fitness side of the coin, the Asian-inspired Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center will be -- no surprise here -- the largest of its kind at sea, featuring state of the art machines, kinesis equipment, several studios for classes, a dedicated area for youth spa-goers and thermal suites.
As for spa treatments, the Oasis menu has not yet been finalized. However, a spokesperson tells us that "we are still trying to finalize the spa treatments but definitely want to do some unusual treatments."
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--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor