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When the ocming of Oasis of the Seas was announced to the world, one of the first features highlighted was the Aqua Theater. Situated at the very end of the ship, the seating bowl spills outward from the end of Boardwalk. The Aqua Theater hosts more unique features in one location than most new cruise ships do through their entire design. As the name implies the theater is centered around a large diving pool. Three tiers of diving platforms flank the pool on two sides. A trampoline emerges from the adjacent stage and adds a different dimension to what the show offers. A "fly gallery" allows actors to fly into and out of the area, even emerging from under the water. Under the water are three stage platforms. These rise above the water to allow for the entire stage space to be used or sink quietly for dramatic effect.

In our video here, you see the Aqua Theater from a deck ten stateroom balcony over Boardwalk. The cast is rehearsing a few hours before a show. The video screens were being replaced on this cruise so you might notice they are missing from the right side of the theater house. As a people watcher this view was one of the attractions of the cabin. Love Royal Caribbean?

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People Watching on the Oasis of the Seas

People watching.  We all do it.  On a cruise everybody has a story, even if they don't post online about it.  (Like you should in our message boards!)  For my money, next to the sunsets and watching the water and ships, people are the most interesting thing to do many nights.  On Oasis of the Seas these past two cruises, I've tucked myself in defilade with a Coconut Ranger Cookie or slice of pizza, a bit of ice tea and "people watch."  

Formal nights are the best for this passive activity.  Those nights above all others, you get to see folks as they'd like to see themselves.  The formal outfits, old party dress', and those non-conformists who just slum in any old thing.  Added to the mix are a legion of photographers, who seek to entice you to get your photo taken.  You'll notice that more and more the public spaces become rigged with lines and rope fences to either guide people closer to photographers or protect choice locations from being invaded as they are used in pictures.  In truth folks line-up for these photo-ops.  With digital media, online sharing options and the lower cost of non-film based photos, the lines are able to offer a lot more for the money.  People clearly respond as well.  

To traditionalists lament the lack of wide adherence to a single dress standard it does underscore that folks are free to do as they wish onboard.  

Symphony of the Seas - the Fourth Oasis Class.

Leave it to the wonders of social media to break the news that Royal Caribbean's fourth Oasis class will be named "Symphony of the Seas."

Symphony of the Seas, as seen by Lloyd Marchand

An image shared online by "Lloyd Marchand" shows the aft portion of the ship still being assembled at STX France was photographed and the news has spread widely online.  What you are able to see here is actually several things.  The ship is put together in large "blocks" which are in-turn moved with large cranes and lowered into position where they welded into place.  There are at least three blocks in this picture.  The middle block is where you see the name highlighted against the bear steel.  It is the section hosting the Aqua Theater, one of the signature features of the Oasis class.  Behind this block appears to be a section intended for the bow of the ship.  Finally a larger and flat section is seen in front of it that might be related to the lifeboat deck.



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