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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

World's Largest Cruise Ship Will Have 'Hottest' Nightclub at Sea

Royal Caribbean unveiled the sixth of seven "neighborhoods" planned for its much-awaited, 5,400 passenger Oasis of the Seas -- and it's all about entertainment.

Entertainment Place, as the line is calling the sprawling district, will have everything from a nightclub called Blaze -- billed as the "hottest" at sea -- to a live jazz and blues club named Jazz on 4. There also will be a comedy club called Comedy Live and a dance club dubbed Dazzles.

Royal Caribbean already has announced five other neighborhoods for Oasis. The others: Central Park, an open-air atrium with live trees; Boardwalk, a family-friendly amusement area; Royal Promenade, an indoor mall-like zone; the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; and the Pool and Sports Zone.

Royal Caribbean is describing Entertainment Place as a "contemporary night club district," but it'll boast a wide mix of styles. The line says Jazz on 4 will have a prohibition-era Chicago vibe, with rich walnut paneling, plush sofas and chairs and velvety drapes accented with hand-stitched Swarovski crystals. The nightclub Blaze, by contrast, will be oh-so-hot, with doors ‘burning’ with flames and a ‘charred’ threshold.

Royal Caribbean says Oasis of the Seas also will offer guests what it's saying will be some of the most captivating theatrical productions ever created by a cruise line. The 1,380-seat main theater, to be called the Opal Theater, will feature a thrust stage and proscenium extending into the audience, and entertainers will be able to make their entrances from unexpected locations around the venue.

Like the line's Voyager and Freedom class ships, Oasis also will have a Studio B ice skating rink that's home to regular ice skating shows.

Royal Caribbean says Entertainment Place will center around the ship's casino, Casino Royale -- the largest at sea (it'll have 450 slot machines, plus lots of table games). Passengers will enter through two themed walkway entrances - the first showcasing the 40-year legacy of Royal Caribbean International and the second, the Museum of Gaming, which immerses guests in the history of gaming.

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