Posted November 21st, 2009, 03:45 PM
A press Q&A took place at Comedy Live, the ship's comedy club down on Deck 4, on Saturday morning. First note: I love the room! It's designed around a NY subway theme (don't miss the subway map on the ceiling, with a few errors -- "Kackson Hts"?!).
The first event on tap was a video showing of Oasis’ "logbook," which traced the ship's history, from conception to completion, and it was gorgeous and moving.
Even as I'm actually wiping away tears (I'm a sentimental sod) while watching, I'm also thinking cynically, wow, the Royal Caribbean marketing machine is so very slick. Then, Richard Fain announces that the video was actually created by STX Europe in Finland, the shipyard that built Oasis of the Seas. Wow! Shipyards' marketing machines are not typically as polished and emotional as this. Neither, as well, are Finns, Fain commented, clearly surprised by the log book's sentimental punch. "Finns are supposed to be so staid and upright, and I thought that was a remarkable video."
There's a possibility that Royal Caribbean may actually sell the video in the gift shop -- I'd buy one in a heartbeat. It's an amazing keepsake about such a special ship.