SHE IS the largest cruise ship in the world and considered a floating marvel.

And for such an amazing creation you would expect the dining on board Oasis of the Seas to be among the most extensive and innovative on the high seas.

The Southern Daily Echo has teamed up with Royal Caribbean Lines to give ten couples the chance to visit Oasis of the Seas and enjoy lunch on board when she makes her maiden visit to Southampton in October.

In fact, Oasis of the Seas boasts 24 dining options throughout the ship that ensure there’s something great to eat day and night from sushi to steaks, crepes, seafood and pasta.

Guests can enjoy the ambience and the full menus of the main restaurant, but set their seating time with the new My Time Dining programme. With no pre-assigned tables, guests can make daily reservations for the time that suits them, or just walk in when ready. Additionally, My Family Time Dining is geared to parents and children ages 3-11 with an expedited 45-minute dining service during early seating only.

“Oasis of the Seas offers the greatest variety of dining options in the cruise industry and compared to most hotel resorts in the world as well,” says, Frank Weber, vice president, Food & Beverage Operations, Royal Caribbean International.

The opportunities offered by Oasis of the Seas have allowed Mr Weber and his team to create a multitude of restaurants throughout the ship. There are 20 separate galleys around the ship, plus onboard facilities ranging from a butcher shop to a fish prep room and a commissary kitchen – a Royal Caribbean International first – which takes care of all the major prep work for all the galleys of the ship.

There are nearly 1,100 cooks, waiters, assistant waiters, bartenders, bar servers and cleaners in the food and beverage operations teams on board Oasis of the Seas, running venues that range from the spectacular three-level Opus dining room, which is divided into three independently-operating 650- to 1,100-seat restaurants, to the most intimate venue, the 14-seat Chef’s Table, an exclusive venue for private parties.

For the most high-end dining experience, head to 150 Central Park, where Chef de Cuisine Keriann von Raesfeld, a talented and award-winning young chef, is at the helm. Casual venues are plentiful as well for sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as coffee, donuts and ice-cream sundaes.

For the health-conscious, not only has the entire Royal Caribbean International fleet been transfat-free for three years, two outlets especially focus on healthy eating – the spa’s Vitality Café and the Solarium Bistro, where each dish is less than 500 calories.

Oasis of the Seas is the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world. An architectural marvel at sea, it spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms.

Neighbourhoods Oasis of the Seas is the first ship to tout Royal Caribbean International’s new neighbourhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which includes Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. Now the Daily Echo is joining forces with Royal Caribbean Lines to offer ten lucky people the chance to visit the ship with a guest when she is in port on October 15.

The lucky winners of the golden tickets will not only get to tour the ship but will enjoy a sumptuous lunch while on board.

The chances to win start today with the first two tickets to be won. There will be more chances to win with two tickets being available every day in the Echo until Friday, September 12.


To enter today’s competition answer this simple question:
How many dining options are there on board Oasis of the Seas?

By post: Send your answers to Oasis of the Seas Competition (Dining), Anne Dickie, PA to the Editor, Southern Daily Echo, Test lLane, Redbridge. SO16 9JX.
By phone: Simply call 09011510273 and leave your answer and details when prompted.
By text: Send your text to 80360 starting with OOTS1 leave a space, followed by your answer, name and contact details.
Closing date for today’s competition is Tuesday, September 12.
You can enter this and all other competitions for lunch on board Oasis as many times as you wish.

Winners will be contacted by phone so please include a contact number with your entry. Winners must be able to attend the event on October 15, no other dates nor prizes are available nor cash substitutes. Winners must also be able to provide security identification details in the form of a passport number.

Calls cost no more than 51p per call from a BT Landline. Calls from mobiles and some other networks may cost more. Texts cost 50p plus your normal operator text charge. Normal Daily Echo rules apply. For full terms visit Telephone / text competition line provided by Newsquest Media Group.

Winners to be age 18 or over to attend the day visit
Need valid UK passports to board ship.

Winners who are more than 24 weeks pregnant or who will enter their 24th week of pregnancy are unable to attend.

Please advise if winners have any disabilities.