Tonight, the OASIS OF THE SEAS came alive and welcomed her first guests.
It is a tradition here at the yard to have a small celebration for key yard and contractor employees and their guest. We are grateful for all the work that goes into every ship and like to thank these key people directly. In addition, they often want to show off to their family what they have devoted their working lives to for so long. And so the tradition.
But OASIS is different and called for a different form of thanks. So tonight, OASIS hosted almost 1,000 guests at her first such event. It started with a reception in the Royal Promenade, went to a dinner in the Opus Dining Room and culminated in more partying in various areas of the ship. The party was a great success. Even people who had been working forever on various parts got to see what they had created for the first time. And their guests were suitably impressed. What impressed me most was the crew. Of course, they are all tired. They flew long distances to get here and have been working nonstop since they arrived. And yet, I think they were as pleased as the guests. Clearly, they took pride in their ship and that pride helped motivate them to new heights. The dinner itself was superb. Given that this was the first real meal they had prepared, I would have understood if they had simplified it; but they didn’t. Instead, they offered a beautiful 4 course repast that would have been excellent even from a practiced environment. (By the way, I said “real meal” because they have been feeding everyone for a while now, but that has been very informal meals in the galley.)
One ancillary benefit of the event is that the yard cleaned up all the work sites earlier than they might otherwise have done. And the ship preened for our guests (and I do think a ship can preen). I was very happy.