Ad­ven­ture to be had ev­ery day

Aptly named Oa­sis of the Seas of­fers some­thing for ev­ery one of its 5000 pas­sen­gers, writes Matt Gil­bert­son

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - CRUISE SPECIAL -

NY­ONE who has vis­ited a large city like New York knows it is im­pos­si­ble to check ev­ery­thing off your list, no mat­ter how long your hol­i­day.

The same can be said about Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional’s Oa­sis of the Seas, a ship so large that just one week on board isn’t nearly enough.

With sis­ter ship Allure of the Seas, Oa­sis of the Seas is one of the two big­gest cruise ships in the world ( Allure is ap­par­ently 5mm longer). It mea­sures some 360m long and fea­tures seven “neigh­bour­hoods” in­clud­ing the Royal Prom­e­nade, Cen­tral Park and Board­walk, and can house about 5000 guests.

De­spite the daunt­ing size of the guest list, check­ing in at Florida’s Fort Laud­erdale was a rel­a­tive breeze .

The Royal Prom­e­nade is like a huge mall with var­i­ous shops and bars.

My favourites were the glam­orous Cham­pagne Bar, Boleros Latin dance club and the in­no­va­tive Ris­ing Tide, an el­e­va­tor bar which floats be­tween three decks.

FUN ZONES: The FlowRider surf sim­u­la­tor (top); and The H20 Zone kids’ wa­ter park on

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