Another Oasis Neighborhood Opens: The Boardwalk

June 18, 2008
Today at New York's NOKIA Theatre in Times Square Royal Caribbean revealed another Oasis of the Seas "neighborhood" (there will be seven in total) -- and again, New Yorkers may recognize the theme. After Royal Caribbean brought a touch of Manhattan onboard when it revealed "Central Park," the "Boardwalk" will offer a taste of Coney Island at sea -- with some decidedly modern twists.

The overall feel is certainly reminiscent of such classic pier leisure spots that dot the United States' northeast coast, with the aft-located 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 -- are being hand-crafted out of poplar wood. The whole construction will take up to eight months.

As you might imagine, traditional carnival games will available.

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), a Seafood Shack, Boardwalk Donut Shop, ice cream parlor, and a candy shop. The Boardwalk Bar will provide a venue for libations.

Along with these classic, fun features are some more modern touches and industry innovations, such as:

Located all the way aft will be 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 and swimming (SCUBA lessons will take place there). By night, the venue is transformed into a performance space. There will also be six exclusive AquaTheater Suites. Their balconies will provide suite holders will private seating for the nightly outdoor performances held at the AquaTheater. Read more about it here.

Oasis' Boardwalk will boast a pair on enormous rock climbing walls, one on either side of the AquaTheater, which will rise up six decks.

Passengers will have the chance to try the first zip-line at sea suspended nine decks above Boardwalk's ground level. We're not exactly sure how this will work yet (especially when the Boardwalk is crowded), but the idea is for passengers to be able to glide diagonally from one side of the Boardwalk to the other.

Similar to the accommodations found overlooking Central Park, the Boardwalk will feature 221 inward facing Boardwalk View balcony staterooms. There will also be eight Boardwalk View staterooms -- like accommodations but with picture windows instead of balconies.

The space will also feature several retail venues, including a novelty photo store, and Star Pier and Pinwheels (for kids and teens).

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor

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