Culinary Offerings on the Oasis of the Seas, the World's Largest Cruise Ship [there will be cupcakes]
The just-built cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's $1.5 billion, 1,200-foot-long, 16-deck-high, 225,000-ton flagship, is on its way from its Finland birthplace to Florida, where it will now make its home. 50 percent bigger than the next-largest cruise ship, it holds 6,296 passengers, including 2,165 crew. And there's nothing subtle about it.
But forget about the seven different "neighborhoods," the 2,000 seat theater, the tattoo parlor, the zipline, the ice-skating rink — we're here for the food. There are over 24 restaurants, bars, and cafes on board, including: 150 Central Park, an upscale fine dining restaurant with a ten-course tasting menu (headed by Keriann Von Raesfeld, a 23-year old "culinary phenom"); the Opus Dining Room, a 1920s Art Deco style restaurant spanning three-levels; a family-style Italian trattoria; a wine bar with tapas; a steakhouse; an Asian restaurant with a sushi bar and "hot-rock cooking"; a New York-style pizzeria; a Johnny Rockets; a doughnut shop; and an ice cream parlor. There's also the "Rising Tide," an elevator/bar hybrid that moves slowly up an down through three decks.
And yes, there will be cupcakes: The ship boasts The Cupcake Cupboard — the "first cupcake shop at sea" — a dedicated shop serving fresh-baked gourmet cupcakes and hosting hands-on decorating classes.
To make this operation run smoothly, this floating city has a food and beverage support staff includes nearly 1,100 cooks, waiters, bartenders, and cleaners. And that's just the beginning: there's a second "Oasis-class" ship slated for delivery in 2010.
Central Park Cafe
Rising Tide - the elevator bar
The Ship's Interior
The Restaurant Lineup
from press release:
Seafood Shack: A casual indoor/outdoor family restaurant on the Boardwalk; seafood, over-sized desserts and a vast selection of ‘mocktails’
Boardwalk Bar: The main bar on the Boardwalk; offering fruit, salads and sandwiches
Boardwalk Donut Shop: A classic haunt for casual snacks and delicious treats
Ice Cream Parlor: A variety of ice cream flavors and toppings take center stage against a backdrop of 1950s kitsch
Johnny Rockets: ‘50’s-style Diner with server-entertainers
150 Central Park: A trendy, upscale and intimate restaurant with a tasting menu with customized wine pairings
Giovanni's Table: An Italian trattoria with both indoor and alfresco seating featuring Italian classics served family-style
Park Café: An indoor/outdoor gourmet market featuring salads, sandwiches, soups, pastries and to-die-for fudge
Vintages: A wine bar with pre-dinner tapas and cheeses along with a robust selection of fine wines
Chops Grille: Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse with views of Central Park, and premium cuts or quality meats
POOL AND SPORTS ZONE
Solarium Bistro: A health-conscious dining option for lunch and healthful fare and dancing under the stars in the evening
The Wipe Out Café: A casual self-service buffet with pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and fresh salads
Izumi Asian Cuisine: Featuring mouthwatering flavors and a sushi bar with hot-rock cooking
Mondo Café: Open around the clock this café offers coffee, sandwiches and pastries like those found in Italy, Spain and Cuba
Sorrento's Pizzeria: Featuring New York style pizza, with both made-to-order pies and by the slice
Café Promenade: Offering Seattle’s Best coffee, fruit shakes, pastries and sandwiches all day
The Cupcake Cupboard: Featuring fresh-baked gourmet cupcakes as well as parties and design classes
VITALITY AT SEA SPA AND FITNESS CENTER
The Vitality Café: Offering healthy snacks, sandwiches, wraps, fruit and smoothies.
THE CLASSICS, Royal Caribbean hasn’t forgotten the classics of its fleet:
Opus Dining Room: The ship’s main restaurant features a three-level venue with a 1920s Art Deco style
Windjammer Marketplace: A casual buffet fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner
In-Stateroom Service: Order from the complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, or choose an original Johnny Rockets hamburger or Ghirardelli chocolate cookies from the new Dine In Delights menu
Video: Oasis of the Seas Overview
Video: Chef de Cuisine Keriann Von Raesfeld, at 150 Central Park
Video: Oasis of the Seas: Culinary Delights