When ships in the Royal Caribbean International fleet get “amplified,” that means cruisers can expect big, bold enhancements on the horizon. Two of the line’s vessels are emerging soon from a $165 million renovation – the 6,360-passenger Oasis of the Seas will arrive freshly polished to Miami in November, and the 6,318-passenger Allure of the Seas sets sail from Barcelona with a new look next May. The changes are part of a $1 billion fleet modernization that began in spring of 2018. What to expect: thrill-seeking water fun, new dining options, and nonstop evening entertainment.
Here, some of our favorite new features:
A Ten-Story Adrenaline Rush
The Perfect Storm and Ultimate Abyss aren’t doomsday proclamations – unless you find yourself standing at the entrance to these slides with a sudden fear of heights. Dropping ten stories, the Ultimate Abyss is set to become the tallest slide at sea, officially taking the title from sister ship, the Harmony of the Seas. The Perfect Storm consists of three slide options – the Typhoon, Cyclone, and Supercell – all with their share of high-speed twists and turns. Families can try the new Splashaway Bay water park, with slides, fountains, water cannons, twin drench buckets, and a Splash Pad for toddlers.
Virtuoso travel advisor Jeremy Hall shares his enthusiasm for these new features: “Cruising has always been a part of my life, but the first time I stepped on board the Oasis of the Seas, my mind was blown,” he says. “To have the Oasis amplified with attractions like the Abyss and the Perfect Storm, I couldn’t be more excited. The Oasis and Allure were absolute game-changers, and now they will make certain all Oasis-class ships continue to be revolutionary.”
Refueling on Flavor
Royal Caribbean’s first barbecue restaurant, Portside BBQ, serves summertime classics from across the U.S. – think smoked brisket and pulled pork, along with sides such as mac and cheese, coleslaw, and homestyle cornbread. Passengers can head to El Loco Fresh for burritos and tacos, or Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade for game-day favorites like wings and beers. Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, already on board the Oasis but new to the Allure, specializes in hand-tossed pizzas and charcuterie. For dessert? At Sugar Beach, more than 220 types of candy will be available in addition to a walk-up ice cream window.
Friday Night Cruisin’
The new Caribbean-style pool bar, The Lime & Coconut, transitions from day to night with DJs and live music, while the Bionic Bar’s two resident robotic bartenders are programmed to serve cocktails in tech-savvy style. To release your inner Beyoncé, passengers can hit the Spotlight Karaoke venue (equipped with both a public stage and private rooms) and the two-story Music Hall live venue, complete with a dance floor, pool tables, and lounge areas. There will also be glow-in-the-dark laser tag at the Clash for Crystal City experience and timed puzzle challenges in the Royal Escape Room – Mission Control: Apollo 18.
When To Go
Beginning on November 24, the Oasis of the Seas cruises from Royal Caribbean’s new Terminal A in Miami on a series of eight-day eastern Caribbean and western Caribbean sailings. The Allure of the Seas calls on Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence, Rome, and Naples on several eight-day, round-trip-from-Barcelona voyages. Departures: Multiple dates, May 10, 2020, through October 25, 2020.
This article is sponsored by Royal Caribbean International. Royal Amplified experiences vary by ship. Images and messaging for the Oasis and Allure of the Seas reflect current design concepts and may include artistic renderings and/or images of other Oasis Class and Voyager Class ships. All ship features, experiences and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Royal Amplified and Amplified are trademarks of Royal Caribbean.