Oasis of the Seas renovation includes barbecue restaurant, karaoke venue

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The Oasis of the Seas is getting water slides and the Ultimate Abyss dry slide.
The Oasis of the Seas is getting water slides and the Ultimate Abyss dry slide.

Royal Caribbean International will renovate its original mega ship, the 10-year-old Oasis of the Seas, with something old, something new, something borrowed and something barbecue.

The $165 million renovation will span 63 days from September to November 2019.

When the ship emerges from drydock, it will be the first Oasis-class ship to get the Royal Amplified improvement package slated for 10 Royal Caribbean ships over four years.

The Oasis of the Seas will get Royal Caribbean's first barbecue restaurant, Portside BBQ.
The Oasis of the Seas will get Royal Caribbean's first barbecue restaurant, Portside BBQ.

Among the firsts to be installed on Oasis will be Spotlight Karaoke, the line's first dedicated karaoke venue, which will include a main stage and two private rooms.

Oasis will also borrow a feature introduced on the Quantum-class ships: the Music Hall, a live music venue with an expansive dance floor, pool tables and loungers spread across two decks.

Several features that originally debuted on other Oasis-class ships will be added back to the Oasis, such as El Loco Fresh taco stand, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade and the Sugar Beach candy store.

Portside BBQ will be an indoor/outdoor restaurant.
Portside BBQ will be an indoor/outdoor restaurant.

And Royal Caribbean will fill a hole in its lineup of specialty restaurants by introducing its first barbecue restaurant on the Oasis, an indoor-outdoor venue called Portside BBQ. 

"We've gone all in with our biggest and boldest amplification yet," said Royal Caribbean president Michael Bayley.

Like every Royal Caribbean ship that debuted before 2016, the 2009-built Oasis has no waterslides. That will change with the addition of the Perfect Storm package of three slides. Oasis will also get the Ultimate Abyss dry slide.

Spotlight Karaoke will be Royal Caribbean's first dedicated karaoke venue.
Spotlight Karaoke will be Royal Caribbean's first dedicated karaoke venue.

The cruise line's new poolside bar concept, Lime and Coconut, will also be added during the modernization. And the social game offerings will be new: the laser tag game will be called Clash for the Crystal City (it is called Battle for Planet Z on other ships), and the escape room will be Mission Control Apollo 18, (The Observatorium or Escape the Rubicon on other ships).

After the renovation, the Oasis will spend the winter sailing from Royal Caribbean's new Terminal A in Miami before moving to New Jersey for the summer in 2020 to become the first Oasis-class ship based out of Port Liberty in Bayonne. 

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