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The Oasis of Dreams

The Nation of Why Not

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Living on board the world’s largest cruise ship has some similarities to other large ships and similarities to large all-inclusive resorts but it truly is quite unique. The sheer size of the ship means that there is a tremendous variety of activities and venues all operating simultaneously and all creating their own din of noise and buzz of activity. Just to add to the frenetic atmosphere many venues play loud rock music to pump up the level of hype and encourage the party atmosphere. Below is a picture of a Parade on the Promenade featuring all the nationalities of the crew.

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We find ourselves frequently seeking out one of the many quieter areas for a break from the party atmosphere. One of our favourite get away spots is “Central Park” which is fashioned after Central Park in New York and has over 12,000 plants and 56 trees. It is open to the sky 9 decks up. It features lovely walkways weaving among the plants, secluded seating areas, several specialty dining areas, a café, an art gallery and a Coach store all discretely located just off the pathways.

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Hazel in Central Park

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Cemtral Park from above

The main congregating area of the ship is a large pedestrian mall (The Royal Promenade) running down the center of the ship with stores and eating establishments lining the mall much like one on land. This is where they had the parade pictured above. Here are some other views of the Promenade at quieter times.

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Just behind and one deck up from the Royal Promenade is another mall area called the Boardwalk.

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Dave at the entrance to the Boardwalk area.

This mall area is also lined with shops and eating venues. The Boardwalk is open to the sky and runs to the back of the ship where the large Aquatheater, Climbing Walls and Zip Line are located. When you look up you see the many cabin balconies which look down on the Boardwalk.

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The Boardwalk from above looking towards the stern of the ship. Note the Aquatheater at the end.

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This is one of the climbing walls. People are well harnessed in and climb up and ring a bell before rapelling down

The Boardwalk is child and activity-oriented. As you enter you see 4 carvings-in-process of a carousel horse and then the handcrafted carousel.

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There are also several restaurants including a Joe Rockets Diner, a seafood shack, a candy store, and an ice cream parlor.

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Dave in front of the Ice Cream Parlor

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and in front of Joe Rockets.

In the next blog we will show you some of the activities and entertainment on board. Stay tuned....

Posted by DavidandHazel 00:04 Archived in US Virgin Islands

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