Oasis of the Seas at Night

The next world's largest cruise ship will employ several new entertainment concepts.

A whole new generation of cruise ships started to present to the cruising public beginning with the debut of Celebrity Solstice in November 2008. Following soon are new ships from Carnival, MSC, Oceania, Seabourn, Silversea and others. But the ultimate new ship on everybody's lips is Oasis of the Seas from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Oasis will not only be the next "world's biggest cruise ship", it contains several new design concepts sure to revolutionize our view of the cruise experience.

Royal Caribbean unveiled its concept for seven different "neighborhoods" in steps as details became available. One of the last to be revealed is the ship's innovative concepts for onboard entertainment. Unlike most modern cruise ships, Oasis will have three major stage entertainment venues onboard, not just one main theater for shows aspiring to appeal to every age group from eight to 80.

Oasis exemplifies the new generation of cruise ship entertainment where "one size fits all" shows are being replaced by a series of optional venues, each unique in presentation. Let's take a look at the diversity of entertainment options for Oasis of the Seas:

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, will have a groundbreaking approach to entertainment. No longer will one, single production show theater be meant to hold almost the entire passenger load in two seatings. Instead, there will be a variety of various-sized entertainment venues throughout the ship, some featuring high-tech productions at pre-set show times, and others appealing to more interactive audiences, such as dance clubs, comedy clubs and a jazz clubs.

Let's start by looking at the production show venues on Oasis of the Seas. There are three vastly different show venues on the ship, a proscenium stage, and ice-rink for ice skating shows and an AquaTheater for the newly popular water-based shows with high dives, trampolines, aerial fly-systems and hydraulic stage effects.

  • Opal Theater: This will be the main indoor theater showroom for production style shows. But while Oasis carries 5400 passengers, almost twice as many guests as the much smaller Voyager class, this theatre will only seat the same number of guests as the Voyager-class; 1,380. Opal Theater will feature a thrust stage and proscenium extending into the audience space for intimate and viewer interactive presentations. Entertainers will make their entrances from unexpected locations around the room, performing aerial acrobatics around and above the audience.
    Opal Theater
  • AquaTheater: this is the most innovative entertainment venue on Oasis. This outdoor water stage will feature professional productions similar to Vegas-style shows such as Eau by Cirque D' Soleil and Le Reve at the extravagant new Wynn hotel on the Las Vegas strip. A passenger swimming pool by day, at night it becomes a spectacular water stage with moving platforms above and below water for professional water acrobatic productions featuring heart-pounding aerial and aquatic acrobatics, as well as elaborate fountain shows synchronized to music and lights.
    Aqua Theater - Aft end of Boardwalk
  • Studio B: Oasis will also have the unlikely-named "Studio B" ice rink for passenger ice skating by day and thrilling ice capade-style production shows at night. While these ice skating shows are already familiar to anyone who has sailed on a Royal Caribbean mega-ship, if you haven't seen one of the shows then you haven't seen how diverse cruise ship entertainment can be.

    Oasis is styled with three diverse main show venues so everyone onboard will have a chance to attend each of them and see each show offered throughout the cruise. While the ship holds 5400 guests, each of the above venues will accomodate only about one-third of the ship capacity at any one time.

    A logical way to look at it is like this; the Freedom-class ships are roughly 1/3 smaller than Oasis yet the the main theater and the ice rink on Oasis are the same size. The guest capacity solution is the addition of an extra show venue, AquaTheater, to take on the additional 30% any given night.

    Continue Article >> Other Oasis Entertainment Options (Part 2)

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