MEMORIES ON SAILING: Central Park Onboard Oasis of the Seas

Central Park is one of the greatest park on cruise ships ever built. (Photo: NetizenBali.com)

NetizenBali.com - The Oasis of the Seas is one of a class of Royal Caribbean International cruise ships which are the world's largest passenger ships. The ship has a 2,165 crew from over 70 countries onboard, carrying 5,400 guests in double occupancy, and 6,296 when full.

The Central Park neighborhood on the Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas cruise ship is a beautiful outdoor park area located midship on deck eight.

NetizenBali.com had the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of this environment on Feb.1, 2019, as well as the first time to visit the Central Park sailing out of Miami, Florida.
Photo Credit: NetizenBali.com

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The Central Park flanked on both sides by 324 inward-facing balcony staterooms overlooking the park, shady Central Park features winding pathways, flower gardens, quiet seating, and tropical trees.

Much like the Boardwalk neighborhood, Central Park is lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. However, unlike the Boardwalk, most of these Central Park venues are upscale and geared towards adults rather than families.


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The shops include a Coach store, art gallery, and portrait studio. The restaurants include Chops Grille, upscale and exclusive 150 Central Park, Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant, and the Park Cafe.

Guests can find a drink at the outdoor Trellis Bar and Vintages wine bar is next to Giovanni's Table. Rising Tide, an innovative moving bar, links Central Park and the Royal Promenade on deck 5. The two-deck sparkling Dazzles night club overlooks the park.

Flora

The most obvious thing about Central Park is that is literally covered in so many different kinds of vegetation.  Considering this is part of a cruise ship, and outdoors, finding a park in the middle of a cruise ship is pretty darn impressive.

From towering Cuban laurel and Black Olive to clusters of calla lilies and rabbit foot ferns, the park’s collection of plants is a mix of coastal and highland sub-tropical species from around the world that is well suited to thrive on Oasis Class ships' Caribbean itineraries.

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A series of columns interlaced with vines is just one of the welcoming entry points into Central Park, and is elegantly landscaped with tropical foliage and seasonal flowers, shrubs and trees. Drifts of calla lilies among giant elephant ears, red ginger, rabbit foot ferns, banana croton, gold dust dracaena, and butterfly lily are some of the plant life guests discover.


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Impressive ‘green walls’ spanning 25 feet and five decks high hosts fern and a variety of flowering vines such as red and white Mandevilla, Clerodendron thomsaonaie, and Thumbergia grandiflora. The park also has changing displays of accent plants, such as birds of paradise and Spathoglottis ground orchids. Trees, some eventually reaching more than two-anda-half decks high, include cherry of the rio grande, podocarpus nagi, and amstel king ficus.


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Central Park was designed by landscape architect firms Wilson Butler Architects and Waterfield Design Group, and Ambius' job is to make their vision a reality. The project involved transporting, lifting and planting more than 12,000 plants and trees to create Central Park and Boardwalk sections for passengers to enjoy while at sea. (*)


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