RCCL - Oasis of the Seas
Aqua Theater 2009
Photo courtesy of Wilson Butler Architects
Photo courtesy of Wilson Butler Architects
Photo courtesy of Wilson Butler Architects
Client:Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Project Category:Cruise Ships
Arch. of Record:Wilson Butler Architects
Completion Year:2009
Location:Miami, Florida
With its Broadway-style stage shows, the first and only ice show at sea, and lively parades leading down the center of its ships, Royal Caribbean International is known for remarkable performances in spectacular venues. In its latest innovation, the progressive cruise line introduces AquaTheater, an impressive outdoor venue at the stern of the world's largest ship, Oasis of the Seas. Located off the ship's Boardwalk neighborhood, this amphitheater-style space will celebrate water with a full spectrum of activities and performances throughout the day and into the night with a backdrop of the ocean across the horizon. The first of its kind, AquaTheater will be a complete sensory experience that plays on the element of surprise, as the latest technology and design features amaze guests.

Created to offer two unique environments, guests will be able to swim in the theater's magnificent kidney-shaped pool, relax on sun loungers located on tiered platforms surrounding the pool, and even participate in SCUBA lessons in the afternoon. At night, audience members witness the venue come alive with heart-pounding performances which feature dramatic acrobatics, synchronized swimming, water ballet, and high-diving performances, as well as fountain shows synchronized to music and lights.