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Guest Blog: Oasis of the Seas Crossing Update

Lisa Bauer - Senior VP, Hotel Operations

Lisa Bauer - Senior VP, Hotel Operations

I’m rarely at a loss for words, but there is so much going on, I’m not sure where to even start. Going under the Great Belt Bridge was certainly an experience.  I was on Deck 18 and it was pretty close!  It was actually a little surreal being up there with the crew dressed in Halloween costumes and a full moon.  Everyone was cheering so loudly as we approached the bridge, and then when everyone saw how close we were, it got completely silent for bit.  As soon as we were on the other side, the cheering returned.  Check out the video on

It was a big day on Central Park.  We officially opened Park Café. I think this venue is going to be extremely popular and it is a great alternative to Windjammer, especially for the guests staying near Central Park.  The F & B team created a signature sandwich that you can only get there. Frank Weber, our VP of F& B, said the sandwich is called “Fritz Kuemmelweck” (I call it a fresh carved roast beef sandwich). The bread is amazing and the meat is hand carved and then you can add horseradish or different kinds of mustard and the au jus is a great touch.  Park Café also offers the ability to create your own salad that is then tossed for you, or you can also get pre-made salads such as Potato or Waldorf.  In addition to the sliced roast beef (sorry Frank), you can get grilled Panini’s. I especially like the placemats – they look like grass.  The team really paid attention to even the smallest of details in each of the restaurants.

Oasis of the Seas crossing under the Great Belt Bridge, Denmark

Oasis of the Seas crossing under the Great Belt Bridge, Denmark

After lunch, I went to see how the Coach Store was coming along. The store is now fully merchandised and when I saw how amazing it looked, I actually got a little lump in my throat because I was so excited.  The only negative thing I can say is that the POS (cash register) wasn’t working yet because I saw a few things that I want to purchase and we aren’t selling just yet.  I’m going to have to check with Adam to see if I can expense these purchases because I would consider this part of the stress testing of the retail shops!

The Central Park activity did not stop all day, because several of us, including Captain Bill and wife Kiki and my senior leadership team onboard, were invited by our very own Celebrity Chef Keriann Von Raesfeld. for the grand opening of her restaurant, 150 Central Park.  Keriann actually cut the ribbon with a very large kitchen knife and officially opened the doors.   We had a rather small group for the first night.  We start with a small group in each of the restaurants, and then each night add more capacity so we can properly ramp up and stress test, right up until we reach capacity.

The entire dining experience at 150 was magical.  The room is so elegant, the music suits the restaurant perfectly, the wait staff was polished, yet engaging, and the food………it is a tasting menu, and Keriann came out and told us about several of the courses.  She is very passionate about her selections and almost tells a story about how each course was created.  My favorites were the corn lobster and the home made gnocchi with shitake mushrooms that taste like bacon.  (I’m going to see if Keriann will teach me how to make those sometime during the crossing).  The entire ambiance in this restaurant is so special.  There were no first night jitters, and the evening ended by having the entire team, the cooks and the wait staff come out, and the team was given a standing ovation.  I’ve actually never seen a standing ovation in a restaurant, but it was very well deserved!

We then had each of the team members introduce themselves, how long they have been with Royal, and what ship they came from last.   It was so great to hear all the years of experience, so I am sure the guests will be treated royally when they dine here.

After all this food, I have to stop writing so I can take a little time to visit the gym. More tomorrow……..

17 responses to:
“Guest Blog: Oasis of the Seas Crossing Update”

  1. J Abels

    Oh to be you!

    Looking from the outside I think that your experiences on Oasis are memories for a lifetime. How exciting it must have been to cross under the Belt Bridge with so little wiggle room. I got excited just watching the video. And to hear everyone cheering made it all the more exciting. Will be on the inaugural cruise on December 5 and will be there on Fort Lauderdale beach next Wednesday to welcome you (and Oasis) home.

  2. marie fisher

    Thank you for the updates. We reserved 150 Central Park for our first night onboard, 12/01 and you have just added to the excitement. Thanks again!

  3. aaron danzig

    This just sounds so amazing! You truly do have a dream job!

  4. Captain Kangaroo

    I am so excited about the Oasis and cant wait to sail on her Nov 19th for the 1 night cruise. I was fortunate enough to win a spot on her for selling cruises. I have been anticipating her arrival for a long time now. I think this ship has out done all previous and will out do even new ones to come in the future !

  5. Merlene

    I am so excited, unfortunately I wanted be sailing until 11/27/2010; no problem the build up will make it worth the wait.

  6. Bob D

    When we passed under the “Storebaelt” bridge last spring in the Jewel of the Seas, I was amazed and I wondered then how the Oasis would fare considering one of the Freedom class ships had some trying times with it as well. Now I know. Anything can be done by people in the know. Congrats to Captain Bill Wright and and his staff. Good seamanship is definitely a RCCL trademark.Cheers!

  7. Jeanette

    Wow! That ship looks amazing! I love Royeal Caribbean and can’t wait to take another cruise!

  8. Laura ebe

    We just booked our Oasis cruise while on the Serenade of the Seas Panama Canal cruise. We’ll be sailing on her October 2, 2010 and can’t wait!

    We’d like to know if she’ll be in the New York/New Jersey area at some point before her inaugural sailing. Would love to stop over and see her.

    Enjoy the remainder of your journey!!!

    • Adam

      Unfortunately, Oasis will not stop anywhere between Finland and Port Everglades. We’re excited to have you onboard next October, Laura.

  9. Ssierra

    What a fantastic experience and on board of such a fantastic ship¡¡¡¡

  10. Pat Warrener

    I am truly enjoying hearing about this Oasis crossing, coming to Ft. Lauderdale. We plan on going to Ft. Lauderdale next week to see this amazing ship. Can’t wait until Sept.2010 for our Oasis cruise.

  11. Allison graves

    It´s fun to follow what´s going on board and the crossing. My reservation is for Jan. 23, 2010 and how can I make reservtions for this restaurant prior boarding?
    Thanks and happy crossing.
    Allison Graves

    • Adam

      Thanks for following the crossing and for the well wishes, Allison. Reservations for our specialty restaurants can be made online through our cruise enhancements area,

  12. Jonathan H

    Sorry to be a downer, but I live in Buffalo, NY, and we alrady have the Fritz Kuemmelweck, but we just call it ‘Beef on Weck’. It is a delicious sandwch that we here in Buffalo have known and loved for years! Hope you will enjoy them as well. Just make sure to make the ‘Weck rolls fresh every day- the salt dries out the rolls really quick!

  13. Edna Taylor

    Pat, What week in September are you crusing? We are on the Sept 11th (maybe even the 18th) cruise.

  14. Edna Taylor

    oppps, “cruising” :)

  15. Lauren Traub teton

    I was on the ship at sea and shot short hosted videos showing just what it’s like! Meet the handsome Captain, experience the late night club and casino scene, see the Flow Rider and Ziplines in action, embarcation, staterooms, and more at http://www.Twifties.TV
    Lauren Traub Teton
    Founder -Twifties, the FUN People around 50, and UP!

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