Oasis of the Seas Entertainment & Activities
Day & Night
- Variety of shows, including AquaTheater high-diving, comedy, ice rink revues and the Broadway musical "Cats"; advance bookings necessary
- Continual free daytime activities such as trivia, pub games, ice skating, dance classes and other similar activities inside
- Lots to do outside, with a water park, several pools, rock climbing, mini-golf, surf simulators and a zipline
- Nightlife all over the ship including live music and a bar scene for every taste, as well as an active casino (smoking allowed)
Oasis of the Seas is on high-adrenaline constantly; it's a ship where you can begin your day with exercise classes at dawn and boogie down until way past midnight. This is the cruise to book if you have people in your party who fear downtime, as there is almost always something to see or do.
The bulk of Oasis of the Seas' live entertainment takes place in the Entertainment Zone on Deck 4. Keep in mind that none of the ship's venues can accommodate everyone who wants to see a show; if your heart is set on not missing out, you'll have to book before you get onboard. If you didn't plan ahead, try to make reservations with Guest Services, either in person or over the phone, or show up at the venue at least 15 minutes before showtime to see if you can get in. Comedy-lovers will also want to book shows, as it's one of the first venues to fill up in advance.
Absolutely do not miss the AquaTheater. The 30-minute shows feature a team of Olympic-caliber divers, gymnasts and synchronized swimmers who splash down into the deepest diving pool at sea in a routine set to music.
For shops and bars, head to the Royal Promenade, or for a lovely respite from the buoyant energy that otherwise permeates Oasis of the Seas, check out Central Park, with its 12,175 plants and 56 trees. Central Park is open to the sky and, interestingly, through the use of wind-controlling technology, there's a lovely breeze blowing through the area. Restaurants are quieter here, and there are lots of peaceful nooks for simply curling up with a good book.
Oasis of the Seas Bars and Lounges
Bars are hopping on Oasis of the Seas, and the ship does a brisk business in drink packages.
Bar highlights include:
Blaze (Deck 4): The ship's club, which focuses on hip-hop and modern dance music, can get packed with people prepped to par-tay. The space often doesn't open until 11:30 p.m., and there are frequently people lined up out front to get in.
Jazz on 4 (Deck 4): This jazz club is a must for live music fans. Despite a prominent position in the ship's Entertainment Zone, the club is usually not crowded, and it's a nice place to listen to music without feeling too overwhelmed.
Boleros (Deck 5): Live Latin music and a location in the heart of the ship mean that this club feels energetic, crowded and fun. Since Oasis draws many international passengers who love to dance, be prepared to be impressed by fancy footwork.
On Air (Deck 5): A dizzying array of TVs on the outside of this Royal Promenade bar marks this as sports central for the onboard crowd. And crowded it becomes, particularly on Sundays during football season.
Rising Tide Bar (Deck 5): Sure, it's a gimmick. But who cares? It's fun. Patrons board this hydraulic space on Deck 5 in the busy Royal Promenade to drink and socialize as the platform slowly rises to Deck 8's Central Park and back down again. Do it once for the novelty.
Schooner Bar (Deck 6): Tucked up in a corner of the Royal Promenade, the Schooner Bar does double duty. During the day, it's home to numerous trivia contests. At night, it's a piano bar, where passengers indulge in classic cocktails while singing along.
Dazzles (Deck 8): This two-story jewel box of a nightclub hosts live bands, as well as DJs. It's a truly pretty place to get your groove on; we found it bumping during '80s night. Dancing usually ends around midnight or 1 a.m.
Diamond Lounge (Deck 11): The lounge for those "loyal to Royal" is a two-story area on Deck 11 that comes with a view of the Boardwalk. Members can come in for complimentary snacks and drinks from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wipe Out Bar (Deck 16): Watching other passengers screw up on the FlowRider is a Royal Caribbean tradition. Why not have a drink in your hand while you do it? (Just don't indulge too much before you take a turn yourself.)
Three main pools, as well as a covered Solarium thalassotherapy pool that's restricted to those more than 16; nine hot tubs
H20 Zone water park for kids; no water slides until late 2019 dry dock.
Free outdoor activities include two rock climbing walls, two FlowRider surf simulators, mini-golf, table tennis, sports court and zipline
Because it's divided in two by the Boardwalk and Central Park neighborhoods, the top deck pools and outdoor spaces on Oasis of the Seas can seem too cramped in some areas compared to other mega-ships. Shade, in particular, is at a premium; go early and target the "Beach" saltwater pool as it's the only one with umbrellas.
Oasis of the Seas has lots of fun features to entice kids of all ages, but you'll want to watch out for age, height and weight requirements to avoid disappointment. Also make sure you bring the right gear (socks are required for rock climbing, for example, and closed-toe shoes are necessary for ziplining). One-on-one instruction is free, by appointment, for rock climbing but not for surfing. Prep your kids (and yourself) for wipe outs on the FlowRider; this is not the place to wear your skimpy bikini.
For kids who aren't old enough to do the more challenging activities, there's always mini-golf and table tennis. The Boardwalk, too, with its Coney Island vibe and merry-go-round music, is a charming alternative for young ones. You don't have to have a child in tow to ride the carousel, however. It's free, fun and has plenty of cool painted horses and animals to delight young and young at heart.
Sun-lovers should seek out the lounge chairs around the pools and the Deck 15 Skywalk that runs between them. Deck 14 also has an extensive sun deck, complete with two observation platforms that stick out over the ocean. Suite passengers have their own keycard-accessible sun deck on Deck 17.
The Solarium complex, for those older than 16, is mostly covered, which means the area can get quite steamy on hot Caribbean days. Like the rest of the ship, the Solarium can get crowded on sea days, but overall, we found it more pleasant than the main pool areas.
Oasis of the Seas Services
- Guest and shore excursion services
- Future cruise sales
- Card room with board games
- Photo gallery and camera shop
- Internet cafe (find Royal prices here)
- Shops: designer accessories and clothing (Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Coach, Tiffany & Co.); fine jewelry; Royal Caribbean-branded items; toiletries; snacks; duty-free alcohol and cigarettes; beach and snorkel gear
- Art galleries
- Medical center