Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas emerged from a drydock in Rotterdam with significant changes for a ship that has only been sailing for five years.
Perhaps most notable was Royal's decision to replace the Viking Crown Lounge, a bar and lounge space atop the ship that has been a feature of every Royal vessel since the 1970s. While the physical space has been kept, it will be used for a new Suite Lounge and a restaurant, Coastal Kitchen, reserved for suite guests.
Two large suites will occupy the space previously used for the Pinnacle Lounge and Pinnacle Chapel.
Coastal Kitchen is part of a second change coming to the Oasis: the addition of the Dynamic Dining concept that eliminates the "main" dining room in favor of smaller, cuisine- and design-themed restaurants.
Dynamic Dining is scheduled to debut on the Quantum of the Seas in November, and the Oasis restaurants won't deliver Dynamic Dining fare until March. Nonetheless, the Oasis' three-deck Opus dining room was converted during the drydock to three separate venues: American Icon Grill, the Grande and Silk. Those three will offer the traditional dining room experience until the cuisine cutover next year.
A half-dozen interior cabins were added to Deck 6 in place of the Diamond Club, and suites overlooking the AquaTheater have been added, two each on decks 11, 12 and 14.
The Concierge Club on Deck 11 has been enlarged to accommodate Wonderland restaurant. Izumi Japanese Cuisine on Deck 16 was eliminated.