Posts Tagged ‘Cruise ship’

The Infamous Cruise Ship Piano Bar

Monday, January 18th, 2010

As I sit here in the Northeast, I peek outside, the flakes are barreling down and covering everything in a blanket of snow. Should I shovel? Should I even get out of bed? My mind wanders to sitting poolside, beach excursions and warm nights singing at the Piano bar.

Ah, the cruise ship piano bar, many times it becomes the epicenter for people to laugh, sing and engage in general merriment. In recent years piano bars have become a staple of today’s cruise ships. A place to toss back a few cocktails, get to know your fellow cruisers and mumble through the lyrics of “We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel.

The piano bar often becomes the most sought after venue on the ship, and why wouldn’t it? Music, singing and libations have the masses since their inception. The concept is brilliant, play songs that everyone knows and loves, then get them liquored up enough to join in. Voila! A night to remember.

What I wouldn’t do to be cruising through the Greek Isles, warm evening breeze in my hair, scotch in hand and Van Morrisons “Brown Eyed Girl” serenaded to me by my ship mates.

The Largest Cruise Ship in the World

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

By now most everyone in the cruise industry has heard about and or seen Royal Caribbeans new colossal ship, The Oasis. The largest cruise ship in the world sits 16 stories above the water and if it was stood on it’s end, would be taller than the Chrysler building!

A custom made $75 million port was built in Fort Lauderdale to accommodate it and multiple ports in the Caribbean had to be modified.

The ship is a true modern marvel, comprised of 7 “neighborhoods” it houses 37 bars and restaurants spread over 16 levels. Of course the ship has the now pre-requisite four pools and 10 whirlpools, a rock-climbing wall, a basketball court, a miniature golf course, an ice skating rink, a shopping promenade, a fairground carousel, a central park with 12,000 live plants and trees, and a 1,380-seat theater, that we have all become accustomed to find on today’s modern mega liners.

So when does this trend end? How big will these ships get? Perhaps the next ship will have a football field or a Nascar track?
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