Did you know that at Double Occupancy, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships hold 5,400 passengers? How about 6,296 at MAXIMUM capacity? Now, add 2,394 crew (as of July 2012) and we have a potential grand total of 8,690 people on board! Currently, at a popular, large-scale community in South Florida (where I am part of the Management Team) the population hovers around 8,500, which also happens to be about a quarter of the city’s population!
Now, we all have different takes on what constitutes a good, great and/or outstanding cruise experience. From my perspective, I had an outstanding experience on the Allure of the Seas in September of 2011. A couple of minor issues, like watered down coffee and a very curt instructor on the surf rider, but nothing that took away from my experience. My biggest concern heading in was the crowded feeling I was “sure to endure” on the Allure…but it never happened!
It never happened at the port (we were on board in ten minutes) and it never felt crowded on board. The worst it ever got was during the flash mob class in the Promenade, but even then, Allure’s midsection was wide enough to get through if you chose. Buffet Lines? Never a problem, and I thought it was only because that there were SO MANY dining options that it spread everybody to different areas. While this was true, there was another reason.
SHAPE RECOGNITION CAMERAS. According to an article on “seasiteblog.com“, passengers never have to wait to be seated at ANY of the 24 dining areas, thanks to BIOMETRICS. The Oasis-class ships employ shape-recognition cameras, all of which count and analyze foot traffic. Then, this information is sent in, REAL-TIME, to some 300 interactive boards throughout the ship.
In addition, the showtime reservations, and scanning processes, for all of the shows (and certain activities) are extremely civilized, assuring everyone that there will be a seat available for them as long as they show up before the shows/events begin. Then, crew will allow the stand-by line to enter, and fill the open seats.