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Beyond the first of its class, Oasis of the Seas was also the ship that launched a vacation revolution. And now this Oasis Class favorite will introduce even more new thrills for couples and kids of all ages, upgraded ways to soak up the sun or enjoy the shade, more delicious dining options than ever to elevate date night, and buzzworthy new spots to light up every evening.

One of the largest ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas makes an impression even before you board; the mega-ship looms above its counterparts. The this-can’t-be-a-ship effect continues as you board; lined with eateries, shops selling designer goods and logowear, and Starbucks — and no outside windows — the ship’s Royal Promenade can feel like a mall, rather than a cruise ship.

And yet, Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas has been enthusiastically embraced as one of the cruise line’s most beloved vessels, even more than a decade after its launch. At double occupancy, Oasis sails with 5,606 passengers, but during the busiest seasons there can be nearly 6,700 people onboard. Its onboard attractions are so popular that up to one-third of the passengers never even leave the ship in port. The length of Oasis of the Seas is roughly 3.3 football fields, so there’s plenty of space for everyone.

The Oasis of the Seas Deck Plan Is Easy and Comfortable

Despite its size and passenger capacity, Oasis of the Seas deck plans are well laid out and easy to navigate. This cruise ship is bustling and full of families – but there’s always a spot or two for those seeking to get some R&R away from the kids, including the Oasis of the Seas adult-only pool and sun deck and a pleasant spa.

The way decks are laid out on the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship allows for easy access to tons of amenities without the need to spend all day on the elevator. Few decks have a mix of public venues and staterooms, which means food and drinks are never far from the pool, the Oasis of the Seas casino or the theater.

However, it’s important to choose a stateroom carefully, as many are located above or below noisy spaces. As a rule of thumb, most of the Oasis of the Seas cabins to avoid are those on Deck 3 below the ice rink and the casino; staterooms on decks 6 and 7 closest to the theater, and those on Deck 14, as they’re subject to noise from the pool deck directly above. If you’re a light sleeper, the best cabins on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas are those on decks 10, 11 and 12.

So what makes Oasis a hit for the families and active cruisers who love it? The secret is not only in the ship’s neighborhoods — which divide the vessel into manageable pieces, keep bottlenecks to a minimum and provide a dizzying amount of activities — but also in Royal Caribbean’s ability to evolve the vessel over time. The $165-million, 2019 Oasis of the Seas refurbishment brought new dining venues, a full pool deck makeover, and amenities such as an escape room. The ship is now on par with the newer, bigger Royal Caribbean vessels (many of which are Oasis of the Seas sister ships) and is an excellent pick for the longer itineraries, as you’ll never run out of things to do.

Cruisers are often drawn to sister ship Symphony of the Seas for similar itineraries in the Caribbean. This is generally due to its size (Symphony used to be the largest cruise ship until Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas debuted in 2022), but choosing between them often boils down to budget, as they both offer similar amenities.

Specifications of Oasis Of The Seas


Year of build 2009  /  Age: 15
Flag state  Bahamas
Builder STX Europe (Turku, Finland)
Building cost USD 1,4 billion (2019 Royal Amplified USD 165 million)
Engines (power) Wartsila (97 MW / 130079 hp)
Propulsion power 82 MW / 109964 hp
Speed 23 kn / 43 km/h / 26 mph
Length (LOA) 362 m / 1188 ft
Beam (width) 47 m / 154 ft
Gross Tonnage 225282 gt
Passengers 5592 – 6431
Crew 2150
Passengers-to-space ratio 36
Decks 17
Cabins 2796
Decks with cabins 11
Last Refurbishment 2019
Sister-ships Allure OTS, Harmony OTS, Symphony OTS, Wonder OTS
Christened by Daisy Fuentes, Dara Torres, Gloria Estefan, Jane Seymour, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Michelle Kwan, Shawn Johnson
Owner RCG-Royal Caribbean Group (via RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)
Operator RCI-Royal Caribbean International

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