Aaarrrgh! Shiver me timbers!
I’m not a pirate but this was our first day at sea and it is better than repeating “Ahoy Mates!” again and seriously annoying Jany (actually she thinks it’s funny).
In this post I will tell you about Day 3 on the ship, we were completely at sea all day as we would not arrive at the next port until very early the next morning. So it seemed like a perfect opportunity to explore the ship, unfortunately, that is the same exact idea that most of the other passengers had. So it turned out to be a little crowded but we still got to see much more than we had seen so far, and boy was there a lot to see! But if I had to do it all over again I would listen to this… Tip: Spend most of Day 3 relaxing by the pool because many of the activities and attractions will be crowded because it is the first full day at sea.
This was also the first morning that we had breakfast outside of the main Opus dining room. We had seen that you could get a good breakfast, including an omelet station, at the Park Cafe’ so we tried it and it was very good and less crowded than Opus. So continued our love affair with Central Park that had begun the moment we first laid eyes on it and had blossomed further with the previous night’s visit to 150 Central Park.
Park Central is literally a park at sea, there are all kinds of wonderful plants and trees, as well as flowers, sculptures and even birds! There are also two awesome giant skylights that look down to the Royal Promenade below and perhaps one of my favorite watering holes in the world: the Rising Tide Bar that actually rises and lowers between the Royal Promenade and Central Park every 15 minutes!
Here is a map of the park so you can get an idea of how it is laid out. As always, click the image for a larger view.
Here is a zoomed in version of a previous shot from Day 1, this way you can get an excellent idea of what the park looks like from above.
This is the sign that greets you as you enter the park, it makes me happy just looking at it!There are several beautiful abstract sculptures located throughout the park as well as numerous benches where you can sit and enjoy the scenery. Notice the variety of plants and the attention to detail of the copper lamps that light the walkway.
I believe this is an Iron Egret but feel free to send me your opinions!
This is one of my favorite shots because it shows you one of the flower covered trellises and the beautiful walkway…sigh…can’t wait to go back!
Here are some of the amazing flowers, they all have a sign to tell you what kind they are, these are called Cornocob flowers…JK.
This is what it looks like when you are on the Royal Promenade level looking up through the skylights.
And here is a side view of the Rising Tide Bar! This shot was taken in the morning so the bar was not open yet and it was stationary at the Park Central Level, but when it is open (afternoon, evening, night) it goes up and down every 15 minutes, definitely one of the coolest bars I have been to…not that I have been to a lot 😉
Here is a shot of the doors to enter the Rising Tide Bar as it is on it’s way up to Park Central, they stay shut until the bar arrives and then the outside doors open first followed by the inside doors, a very good idea for a bar that travels three stories every 15 minutes!
Here is what the Rising Tide Bar looks like from underneath when it is up at Central Park and you are down at the Royal Promenade…what can I say…sweet, it looks like a spaceship or did I have one too many?
The attention to detail on the Oasis of The Seas is astounding; this is the floor below the rising tide bar that fills up with different colored fountains when the bar goes up, Aaarrgh! Shiver me timbers! Why I am cursed to be a landlubber!
OK normally you probably shouldn’t go visit the bow (front) of the ship right after visiting the Rising Tide Bar, but we were on a photo expedition and not a drinking expedition so we decided to take a trip to the bow of the ship. It is so clean and fancy that it deserves a bow tie and a it’s designers should take a bow, the only other bow I can think of comes with an arrow and that doesn’t really apply here so my epic pun is done…sorry to disappoint you!
Here is a shot of one of the observation decks with a telescope. See how it has rails and glass walls so that even the stupidest (drunkest) of passengers can continue their voyage without tumbling over the side.
Here is the love of my life and her sweet Canon EOS Rebel taking the shot that I will show you below. Also you can get a sneak peak of the adults only pool (at the top left of the shot) which became our second favorite part of the ship after Central Park. I will tell you more about it in an upcoming post.
Here is the shot she was taking in the above pic, the very front of the ship has a helipad…for countless reasons.
After our photo tour we grabbed some drinks and decided to go check out the Dreamworks Parade that was starting on the Royal Promenade…but it was already so crowded that we really couldn’t see anything or even get near the parade. This is one of the few times when you definitely felt that the ship was overcrowded. There were so many people that had been staking out a spot on the front lines of the parade route for hours that anyone who arrived less than 2 hours before the parade really couldn’t see anything. But we could hear from the cheers and excitement and see little glimpses of an awesome parade, so we vowed to stake out a spot on the next day at sea which would be Day 6 so check back for our awesome strategy and sweet pics. But for now here is another Tip: The Dreamworks Parade occurs only on the days at sea (3,6,7) so plan one day where you will stake out a spot on the front lines of the parade route, it will be well worth the couple of hours you spend there waiting!
After our parade fail we got ready for our second premium dining experience, this time at Chops Grille which is the Steakhouse option. We loved our experience again although it was not as mind blowing as 150 Central Park it was still delicious and so much better than dining in the main Opus Dining Room with so many people. We both agreed that it was once again well worth the extra money and we decided that the next night we would visit the last (and least expensive) of the premium dining options: Giovanni’s Table!
So Aaarrgh! We spent a day at sea, I hope you enjoyed it and below you can find links to all of our other Oasis of The Seas posts.
Oasis of The Seas Pre-Cruise Planning
Oasis of The Seas Boarding and Day 1
Oasis of The Seas Day 2: Atlantis and 150 Central Park
Oasis of The Seas Day 4: Sort of Alone on the Ship
Oasis of The Seas Days 5 and 6: St. Maarten and Dreamworks Parade