When Oasis of the Seas, built in Finland for Royal Caribbean International, launches next November, she will be the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world. The state-of-the-art “travelling city” is taking shape, complete with a “beach pool”, shopping mall, rock-climbing walls, outdoor amphitheatre, and New York-style loft suites.
Most impressive is the introduction of seven special zones, each with its own unique character and style. Of all these areas, the standout zone will be the aptly named 'Central Park'. Built into the middle of the ship, this football pitched sized area will literally be a park in the centre of the ship. Protected from the weather by a clear perspexed screen to let in the light, the Central Park area will be themed on Caribbean plants and foliage, to reflect the area which the ship will eventually cruise in. The park zone will have distinct restaurants, bars and boutique shops, bringing the floating city idea to reality.