There have been a number of questions recently about the crew on Oasis of the Seas. John McGirl, VP, Human Resources, summarizes the situation. In short, we’re excited.
The Oasis of the Seas is fully crewed already! All 2,160 crew members have been identified and are scheduled to join the vessel over the next couple of weeks. With the exception of some new positions, all of the crew come from the existing fleet and have an average of 4 years experience onboard other Royal Caribbean International vessels, that comes up to an amazing 8,000+ years of experience in this start-up team! An average of 10% from the existing crew on each ship were hand-selected by the new Oasis management team. The Oasis management team has been in place for several months and are now in the yard busy preparing the vessel and getting ready to welcome their team members to their new home.
Our performers, dancers, divers, acrobats and all are already here in South Florida at Royal’s various venues for staging productions and rehearsing shows. There are over 40 new job roles onboard the vessel, many of which are driven by ships new venues and features, positions such as Aqua Cast Diver and Swimmer, Landscape Specialist, Improv/Comedy Actor, Acrobat/Tumbler, Medispa Physician, Loft Suite Attendant, Guest Internet Specialist, Art Concierge, just to name some of the diverse and exciting new roles onboard.
All of the 2,160 crew will have plenty of time to settle into their new home and prepare for our guests. Crew will be in place onboard for over 30 days before the vessel even boards any guests, but everyone will be kept very busy with an intense training schedule and lots of preparation. Home comforts for the crew have also been a key focus on this ship with many upgrades including a significantly higher number of single crew cabins, flat screen TV’s with wireless keyboards and full Wi-Fi access for every crew berth onboard, and crew facilities such as a 24 hour Crew Windjammer, Crew Coffee Shop and Retail Services all furnished and finished to guest area quality.
All in all the response from our crew throughout the fleet has been amazing and we have had huge numbers of volunteers keen to be part of the next generation of Royal ships, so lots of familiar faces for our returning guests and everyone keen to welcome new guests – Delivering the Wow, Oasis style!