While on board Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, teens ages 12-17 will find specific areas to mingle. The posted Teen Only Zones offer areas for teens to hang out with one another during their travel. My two sons, ages 12 and 17, frequently visited the Teen Only Zones during our last trip on board. The Teen Only areas offered daily and nightly activities that kept my two boys entertained. As a parent, my mind was at ease knowing they had age-appropriate entertainment to keep them occupied at sea. I think the boys were more excited about being away from their younger siblings. For them, this was the true sense of “vacation!”
Some of the Teen Only Zones on the Oasis of the Seas include The Living Room, Fuel, and the Sports Court and Sports Pool. These areas offer bright lights and vibrant colors to appeal to junior travelers. There are plenty of seats for lounging and several TVs located throughout. The decor was modern and hip with a disco vibe. All of these Teen attractions are located on Deck 15.
Teen Only Activities on the Oasis of the Seas
First of all, I want to begin by saying I wish the places that I vacationed when I was a teen had cool hangouts and activities like on the Oasis! My sons enjoyed being able to get away from their little sisters to kick back and “chill” with other travelers their own age. I am sure a break from parents was also a bonus! Furthermore, each day during our travel week, there were fun activities planned for the Teen Only Zones. To name a few, some of the activities included Soccer, Trivia, Karaoke, Bingo, Scavenger Hunt, and Board Game competitions.
There were also special activities planned at various nights throughout the week. All of the events and Teen itinerary were located as an insert in the Cruise Compass circular. These involved a Teen Awards Ceremony, Teen Dinner night, and even a Prom Party! For the Teen Awards, the new-found friends nominated each other for personality awards. By the end of the trip, several small groups of friends evolved. I know that my oldest son has many new friends that he met on board that still keep in touch via social media.
Teen Only Zones Rules and Curfew
Rest assured, along with teen freedom on the Oasis of the Seas still come rules and a curfew. As a parent, I truly appreciated that I knew my boys were in good hands and staying out of trouble when hanging out with friends in the Teen clubs. While on the Oasis, there were designated Teen Staff that planned activities for the Teens while keeping a close eye on the mingling. There is also a Junior Cruisers Curfew on board. This states any junior cruiser (under the age of 18) that is not accompanied by a parent or guardian must be in his/her staterooms by 1:00 a.m. Teen Staff are also permitted to escort participants who are participating in late-night teen only activities.
Teen Only Zones in the Pool Area
In addition to the Teen Only Zones on Deck 15 in The Living Room, Fuel and the Sports Complex, the teens really enjoy the age-restricted 16+ infinity hot tub. Here is side note of caution for parents. The pool towels must be signed out using a SeaPass card. If the towels are not returned, a charge is levied to the account holder’s charge account for the travel party. So, be sure to remind your teen that if she/he decides to take a dip in the pool or hot tub, to kindly return the pool towel. The designated drop areas are easily visible poolside.
In addition to activities for the Teens ages 12-17, there are also activities on board for the younger cruisers ages 3-11. You can read more HERE by reading the blog post “Adventure Ocean Kids Club Aboard the Oasis of the Seas.” Also, be sure to enjoy your peace time while the kids are at play by taking a “Walk With Me through Central Park at Sea!”