Royal Caribbean’s Central Park: Cruise with live plants

When you think of Central Park, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship likely isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, Central Park is one of seven neighborhoods on the cruise line’s Oasis-class ships.

Named after the famed park in New York City, the at-sea version is the first real park with live plants on board a cruise ship.

Here, find out what makes this groundbreaking public space so neat and what you can expect to find if you take a stroll through it.

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What is Royal Caribbean’s Central Park?

One of Central Park’s resident gardeners waters plants on Allure of the Seas. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Central Park is a sunny promenade area on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships. Found in the middle of Deck 8, the space is open to the sky, and it’s home to more than 12,000 plants, cared for by a resident gardener. On ships that have it, you’ll find two living walls, an overhead art installation that lights up, bars, shops and restaurants with plenty of both indoor and alfresco seating.

The neighborhood is flanked by four decks of balcony cabins that overlook the spot but offer no ocean views.

Be warned that Central Park can feel like a greenhouse. Despite all the vegetation, there’s little shade and not much of a breeze. However, it’s a lovely place for dining and drinks after the sun goes down.

Although the specific offerings can vary by ship — as is the case with Icon of the Seas, which will have new venues — Central Park generally includes restaurants like 150 Central Park (for-fee, upscale fine dining), Giovanni’s Table (for-fee Italian), Chops Grille (for-fee steakhouse) and Park Cafe (free grab-and-go fare) and bars such as Vintages (wine) and Chandon (spritzers).

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What does it cost to check out Royal Caribbean’s Central Park?

It’s complimentary to walk through Central Park, but many of the offerings located there are not. You’ll pay extra for items at the photography studio and the shops, as well as for dining and drinks at every restaurant and bar except Park Cafe.

Which Royal Caribbean ships have Central Park?

A view of Central Park’s living walls, art installation and inward-facing cabins on Allure of the Seas. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Central Park can be found on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships and soon-to-debut Icon class:

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