Cruise Ship Review: Royal Caribbean's Oasis Of The Seas

The pool deck is also home to four bars and more than half a dozen hot tubs. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Perhaps the most groundbreaking new-for-cruising feature on Oasis is the open-air "Central Park" that spans the middle of the ship. Home to more than 12,000 live plants, it is lined with restaurants on the ground level and balcony cabins above. Simon Brooke-Webb Central Park offers vacationers a tranquil escape from the bustle of the rest of the ship and also serves as the ship's 'town center.' Simon Brooke-Webb Another innovative area aboard Oasis is the Boardwalk, a family-focused fun zone on the back of the ship. Like Central Park, it's lined with inward-facing balcony cabins. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Modeled after the beach resorts of the East Coast, Oasis' Boardwalk area is home to the first carousel on a cruise ship. Simon Brooke-Webb Simon Brooke-Webb /sbw-photo Here, one of two rock climbing walls that are located at the back of the ship near the Boardwalk. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Oasis is the first cruise ship with a zip line. It runs nine decks above the Boardwalk area, starting from the left of the Oasis of the Seas sign in the picture. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Here, a vacationer takes a turn at the zip line, which is available to passengers at no extra charge. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY At the very back of Oasis is the AquaTheater, another cruise industry first. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Cruise travel: Chinese tourists climb aboard

At the same time, cruise liner giants including Royal Caribbean, Star Cruises and Costa are stepping up their offers in an attempt to attract Chinese customers. In October SuperStar Gemini, a 50,000-ton passenger cruise vessel of Star Cruises, st art ed its first trip from southeast Chinas Xiamen city to Taiwan. According to official statistics, more than 40,000 cross-Strait passengers travelled on 23 cruise liners this year. Popular luxury cruise ships in the world In November, China implemented new measures easing sailing restrictions to support border tourism projects by the passenger liners cruising between Chinas Hainan Island and Vietnam. Under the new policy, all Chinese citizens can use an entry and exit permit that can be applied for in Sanya and Haikou to join a cruise. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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