The Oasis of the Seas, which debuted a decade ago as the world's largest cruise ship, is set to undergo a $165 million renovation that will include the installation of the tallest slide at sea, music hall, karaoke bar and barbecue restaurant.
The renovation is part of a bigger project at Royal Caribbean to modernize 10 cruise ships over the next four years at a cost of $1 billion.
When the Oasis of the Seas set sail 10 years ago, it was hailed as a game changer, not only for being the world's biggest ocean liner but also for introducing an innovative seven-neighborhood concept and AquaTheater entertainment venue.
Here are a few highlights of the ship's facelift, before it sets sail this November from Miami on Western Caribbean itineraries:
- Ultimate Abyss, a 10-story slide billed as the tallest of its kind at sea
- The Perfect Storm, multistory waterslides with names like Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell
- For younger tots, Splashaway Bay will feature gentler waterslides, water cannons, fountains, pools and drench buckets.
- FlowRider surf simulators, twin rock-climbing walls and nine-deck-high zip line
- Portside BBQ restaurant, showcasing different barbecue styles from across the US
- Karaoke bars, live music venue Music Hall, robotic bartenders and nightlife venues for dancing and drinking
- Glow-in-the-dark laser tag and new Royal Escape Room: Mission Control Apollo 18.