Revealing week for two lines as they roll out mega amenities
A rendering of the
Aqua Theater on Royal
Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.
By Johanna Jainchill
NEW YORK — Duplex loft suites, a zip line
and a bar made of ice were among the details released by Norwegian Cruise Line and
Royal Caribbean International last week
during back-to-back reveals of amenities on
their upcoming classes of megaships.
Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Oasis
of the Seas, which was formerly code-named
Genesis, will have duplex loft suites, a zip
line and an amphitheater overlooking the
ocean when it debuts in 2009. NCL’s 4,200-
passenger F3 ships, meanwhile, will boast a
series of new bars and nightclubs, including
one made almost entirely of ice.
Royal Caribbean unveiled the Boardwalk,
an area the company said would be geared
toward family, with family-friendly businesses (including a tattoo parlor, featuring
temporary tattoos). The line’s familiar indoor Promenade area will be expanded to
two levels on the Oasis.
Parent company CEO Richard Fain said
that the Promenade and the Boardwalk
were the second and third “
neighborhoods” out of seven.
“When we look to expand to our market
abroad, people say they want more choice
and variety,” Fain said.
The line had previously revealed the
ship’s first neighborhood, an open-air
green space called Central Park. Last week
it offered more details about the park,
saying it would have a copper globe, built
into the facade above the Globe and Atlas
Pub, that would “create a spectacular, surprise element for guests, as it unfurls on
hinged hydraulics and becomes a bridge
platform for performances.”
The Boardwalk will feature carnival games,
a carousel, family-style restaurants and a zip
line suspended nine decks above it.
The Boardwalk will end at the Aqua-Theater, an amphitheater on the Oasis’
aft end, where aquatic shows will be performed in what the line is calling the largest freshwater pool at sea. Aqua Theater
suites will overlook the theater, offering
passengers private nighttime viewing of
the shows. By day, passengers can swim in Colin Veitch. The ice bar’s temperature will
the pool or take scuba lessons. never rise above 17 degrees. Guests will pay
The line’s signature rock-climbing walls an entry fee, which covers a drink, and they
will cover both sides of the amphitheater. will be provided with coats, gloves and hats.
Twenty-eight duplex loft suites, with Adults-only Spice H2O will have day-ocean views through 18-foot windows, start beds on terraced levels, and the area’s vibe
on Deck 17. “They are very urban in feel,” will change with the time of day. Sunny
said the lofts’ architect, Christopher Love, Spice will offer breakfast with Bloody
Royal Caribbean’s manager Marys; Aqua Spice will be
of newbuilding and design. Richard Fain and Adam a pool area in the after-The inspiration to build the Goldstein are In the Hot noon, Sunset Spice will be
lofts, he said, came from the an evening venue with live
ship’s height. Seat. P. 4 entertainment and food;
The lofts will be one of 37 and late night All Spice
accommodation categories on the ship. will have dancing on the covered pool.
Adam Goldstein, the line’s CEO, said that The Posh Beach Club will also be an
while he was as excited as anyone about adults-only zone, with four settings depend-the new amenities and neighborhoods, he ing on the time of day, including Posh Vive,
hoped they wouldn’t distract from the ves- a setting for yoga and other “body and soul”
sel’s itineraries. treatments, and Pure Posh, a nightclub.
“Our theme over the next 18 months is Guests can buy day or week passes.
‘we build incredible,’” he said. “That means Halo, on the ship’s top deck, will be free
incredible ships, but more importantly, we for Garden and Courtyard villa guests, while
build incredible vacations.” other passengers can buy access. Halo will
In Las Vegas, NCL rolled out details of feature private gaming; wait staff will wear
the nightlife to be found on the F3 ships, the jewelry that is for sale on the ships.
first of which is scheduled to debut in 2010.
Cool, the ice bar, will be a “frozen vault full
of iced vodka, like a giant ice cube,” said CEO
Nadine Godwin contributed reporting
from Las Vegas.
Above: On NCL’s upcoming F3 megaships, one bar will be
made out of ice; patrons will be provided with coats and hats.
Right: A rendering of the Boardwalk “neighborhood” on the
Oasis of the Seas.
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