Central Park on Board the Oasis of the Seas
A Stroll through Central Park at Sea!
On our recent trip on board the Oasis of the Seas mega ship with Royal Caribbean International, I would often take a stroll through Central Park, at Sea! On the 8th floor of the ship, I was at first welcomed to an environment of greenery with benches to take a rest and enjoy the calm scenery. Moreover, while other guests were enjoying the hustle and bustle of the pool areas and the daily entertainment, I found my sanctuary in the calm atmosphere. Central Park on board the Oasis of the Seas was my go to place when I needed a little “me time.” Aside from simply enjoying the open-air gardens and birds, there are also various shoppes and restaurants to enjoy.
The Shoppes of Central Park at Sea
Hidden among the trees and vine-covered trellises of Central Park, several quaint shoppes are discovered. The “Picture This Portrait Studio” serves to capture those family memories on board the ship. Perhaps an accessory or two is what you fancy (for me, that is usually four or more…..no joke). Be sure to check out the Coach brand store and Tiffany & Co. to see their displayed beauties. Don’t forget to drop a note to Tiffany in her mailbox with your “wish list.” Furthermore, she will send a hint to your significant other for you on the ship! In addition, purchases on board are duty and tax free! Hours of operation are posted on the Cruise Compass publication left in your stateroom each evening. Hours are also posted at each establishment.
The Restaurants and Wine Bar of Central Park at Sea
There are several options to grab a tasty bite or savor some flavorful wine in Central Park at sea. Chops steakhouse offers a variety of starters, entrees and sides. If you desire food with an Italian flair, then have a seat at Giovanni’s Table. Make sure you leave room for something delectable from Giovanni’s dessert cart! I get weak in the knees for a good Canoli, and Giovanni’s Table is sure to please. It is important to note that most “specialty” restaurants located in Central Park charge an additional fee to dine and are not included in the cruise fare (unless otherwise stated as part of a package or promotion). One must not forget the Wine Bar in Central Park called Vintages. Not to mention, the selection seemed endless for wine lovers, coupled with an on point atmosphere.
The Park Cafe of Central Park at Seas
Furthermore, my personal favorite for dining in Central Park was the Park Cafe. Here is where I grabbed a quick bite to eat for breakfast from assorted made-to-order and pre-made selections. I enjoyed the breakfast sandwiches and burritos. For lunch, I often grabbed some snacks on the go and left room for the extensive dinners in the main dining room on the ship. I highly recommend the egg salad and tuna salad sandwiches from the Cafe. They tasted delicious and were just enough to hold me over for an afternoon craving. The best part of Park Cafe was that most items were covered with the cruise fare at no extra charge. Specialty coffees are also offered at the Park Cafe for an additional fee.
In conclusion, when you venture on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas mega ship, take a stroll through Central Park on Deck 8. Here you will experience an industry first with its open-air gardens and solarium. Photos really do not do this beautiful masterpiece justice. As a result, I am confident you will find it is even more beautiful in person. In addition, the ship offers balcony state rooms that overlook the Park, so you can enjoy the nature on a whim! The ambiance at night is even more breath-taking. In the evening, you will often find soft lighting and serene music playing in the Park. Stop, take a seat, and take it all in. The sights and sounds of nature will surround you. You may even forget for a moment that you are actually in the center of a massive vessel on the water.
To read more about our Oasis of the Seas cruise experience, check out our blog post “Day 4 on the Oasis of the Seas: Welcome to Jamaica!” found HERE.