Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dining Aboard Oasis of the Seas

Once again Royal Caribbean has delivered the “WOW” by revealing details regarding the dining venues aboard the soon to be completed Oasis of the Seas. The many available options will provide a nice balance between the tried and true along with some brand new concepts. According to Frank Weber, Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations for Royal Caribbean, the size of Oasis provides the perfect opportunity to try these new concepts, and then match them to a specific neighborhood. At a “Culinary Showcase” web cast, Mr. Weber, along with Kenneth Taylor, Director of Restaurant Operations for Royal Caribbean, went through each neighborhood and discussed its companion dining venues.

The Boardwalk: Inspired by Coney Island, this outdoor, family friendly area is complete with the first ever Carousel at sea. You know the dining options here will be lots of fun!

* Johnny Rockets: Right in the center of activity, this 50’s style family favorite is bigger and better! Serves up burgers and yummy shakes and malts.

* Seafood Shack: What a cool place! Surf music playing, with wait staff dressed in long board shorts and Quicksilver shirts. Munch on coconut shrimp, fried seafood baskets, baby back ribs and more.

* Donut Shop: Rotating selection of 10 -15 varieties of donuts and of course, coffee too! This could be dangerous!!!

* Ice Cream Parlor: 50’s style decor with 15 flavors! Ice cream in the “classic” way. Sorbets, sundaes…Sweet!

* Boardwalk Bar: Full scale bar with specialty drinks tailored to the area. Also serves salads, sandwiches, and other quick food.

Central Park: This open-air neighborhood features serene pathways, seasonal flower gardens and canopy trees. How lovely it will be to dine in the park!

* 150 Central Park: The most exclusive of all onboard restaurants. Semi- formal attire. Features leading edge cuisine, wine pairings and tasting menu. More info still under wraps. Hmmm….

* Giovanni’s Table: Takes the place of Portofino, but this new Tuscan bistro is more casual and has a “fun” atmosphere. Entrees are served “family style”.

* Chops Grille: Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse returns and offers dining alfresco! Oh, those marinated steaks…

* Park Café: Perfect for a quick bite or a full meal. Wraps, sandwiches, and made to order salads. Even crepes on certain days.

* Vintages: You may have stopped by while you were on a Freedom or Voyager class ship, but now it’s new and improved! Stop by for a glass of vino and tapas before heading off to dinner.

The Royal Promenade: Bigger and better, the Royal Promenade, a “bustling boulevard”, even offers mezzanine levels that allow cruise passengers to overlook the space below.

* Sorrento’s: Returning with new features, like pizza made to order! Pick the toppings you love, watch it being made, and mangia!

* Café Promenade: Always our first stop when we board! Cookies, pastries, yummy little sandwiches, specialty coffees. Diet? What diet?

* Mondo Coffee Bar: Isn’t coffee one of the 5 basic food groups? Need I say more?

Pool and Sport Zone: Lets head up to deck 15 and 16 where the pools, hot tubs, flow riders, sports court and mini golf are located. Just making the trip up here has made me hungry!

* Solarium Bistro: Wholesome and healthy is the word, with a full buffet for breakfast and lunch. Dinner offers a healthy alternative with 500-calorie entrees and nutritional info readily available. Find it adjacent to the solarium pool.

* Wipe Out Café: Near the H2O Zone this is so convenient for families! Just as close to the teen area…and good thing because they’re always hungry! All day soft serve, wraps, salads, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.

* Windjammer Marketplace: You know it; you love it; its back! Why tamper with perfection?

* Izumi: Asian specialties and sushi bar ordered a la carte. Also features the new and exciting concept called hot rock cooking, where meals are cooked on searing hot volcanic stone.

* Vitality Café: (on deck 6) Near the entrance of the spa and fitness center this is another option for health conscious guests. Wraps, fruit, smoothies, energy drinks, herbal teas are served.

So there you have it. Although reservations are not necessary for specialty restaurants, they are recommended. As a matter of fact, as of July 9 guests booked on the Oasis of the Seas can make their specialty dining reservations online. Please note that certain dining venues charge an additional fee. Of course the beautiful Opus dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with an entire floor reserved for guests choosing "My Time Dining".

As per Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International, “Oasis of the Seas showcases the evolution of Royal Caribbean dining. Both the new concepts and the established Royal Caribbean offerings found throughout the neighborhoods are designed to meet contemporary dining standards, cater to individual preferences and schedules and foster epicurean curiosity”.

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