Oasis of Dreams Rehearsals - The Royal Caribbean Fan Blog.

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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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.

 

Adventures in the "Not-so-newlywed" game.

 The “Not-so-newlywed game” is a parody of long extinct TV game show with a similar name. Several couples of different age groups are put on stage and separately asked questions to see how well they know their spouse. Unlike the TV show, couples onboard a cruise are ideally long married. Playing to a typically adult audience cruise directors have made an institution of the hilarity of couples seemingly unafraid to do or say anything in front of hundreds of complete strangers. Of all these organic moments of entertainment on a cruise the Not-so-newlywed game is always a must to see.

My contribution to the Royal Caribbean Fan blog today are these few moments where couples from the audience attempt to out-do each other for the chance to embarrass themselves on stage. Enjoy!

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