Sports and Spas are the latest areas to be unveiled for Royal Caribbean’s new 220,000-ton mega-ship Oasis of the Seas.

The Project Genesis vessel, the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship ever built, launches in late 2009 and RCI are introducing her in stages, with the latest two ‘neighbourhoods’ to be detailed being the Pool and Sports Zone and the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center.

Stretching the length of the ship, the Pool and Sports Zone will feature private cabanas, four types of pool and, two FlowRider surf simulators – each larger than the single FlowRider found on the line’s Freedom-class ships such as Independence of the Seas.

The Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center will include new services as well as a spa dedicated to children and teenagers, plus a new fitness line up such as Kenesis group classes.

Pool and Sports Zone highlights:

First ever Beach Pool at sea with sloped entry, allowing guests to wade into the water or relax in colourful beach chairs, with two whirlpools either side of the ‘beach.’

  • The Main Pool is located on the opposite side of the ship from the Beach Pool and separated by Central Park six decks below, with two side-by-side whirlpools. Private cabanas overlooking both pools, complete with dedicated attendants.
  • Enhanced H20 Zone for younger guests, marked by a giant octopus with slides and water-spraying tentacles, surrounded by fellow water-spouting ocean creatures; separate wading and current pools, plus dedicated infant and toddler pool set in an interactive aquatic playground surrounded by adult and child size lounge chairs.
  • A Sports Pool where afternoon water team sports will include basketball, badminton and water polo, while mornings will be dedicated to lap swimming
  • A 2-deck high glass-panelled open-air Solarium with seating on various ‘islands’ surrounded by water featuring a swimming pool, two whirlpools and four cantilevered whirlpools suspended 136 feet above the ocean. The mezzanine level will overlook the pool, offering additional seating.

Other features include a Solarium Bistro with Vitality Spa menu options during the day, and romantic and intimate speciality dining in the evening; Club 20 nightclub experience, made popular on Freedom-class ships; the first zip-line at sea; Two FlowRider surf simulators flanking either side of the elevated back deck; a 9-hole miniature golf course, Oasis Dunes; and a Sports Court for basketball and volleyball

Vitality at Sea Spa & Fitness Center highlights:

  • New spa relaxation rooms to encourage guests to unwind before any treatment.
  • Thermal Suite featuring heated tile loungers.
  • Saunas and steam rooms.
  • Three couples massage suites and seven individual treatment rooms – the largest collection at sea.
  • Dedicated kids and teen Spa for younger guests
  • Fitness Center featuring the latest cardio and resistance equipment and facilities for spinning, kickboxing, Pilates and yoga classes.
  • New Kenesis group classes, a full-body, no-impact workout utilising fluid, natural movement to engage several muscle groups simultaneously.
  • Vitality Caf´┐Ż for smoothies, juices, healthy snacks and light meals.

For more info, visit or call Royal Caribbean on 0845 165 8330 (UK) or 1866 562 7625 (US).