Sail Date: January 2010
We sailed on the January 2 2010 Itinerary They told us the Ship had it largest "Close to Sellout" Crowd (5900)ish to date. This was Oasis's 6Th Sailing. I agree with most of what others are saying. The Ship is Beautiful, ... Read More
We sailed on the January 2 2010 Itinerary They told us the Ship had it largest "Close to Sellout" Crowd (5900)ish to date. This was Oasis's 6Th Sailing. I agree with most of what others are saying. The Ship is Beautiful, Incredible, and it seems to handle the Crowds quite well. Getting Off and On was a Pleasant Surprise. It did only take 10-15 minutes. I did not feel Crowded Except Immediately after the Life Boat Drill, but they had 5900 Customers and 2000 Crew in all the public areas at the same time. It was great that our Life Boat Station was in the Theater and we did not have to drag our Life Preservers. RCCL seemed to cut back allot of the verbiage that usually accompanies the Life Boat Drill This Fire Drill really beats the Past Traditional Experience of standing on a Hot Deck packed in like Sardines with a Preserver wrapped around your neck. The Only Negative Experience was the Soot at the Aqua Theater, I heard others say it was at the Flowrider as well. This was a Black Greasy substance that ruined your clothes if it got on them and on most it did. It was on the seats. Please take a Towel if you want to be careful. RCCL should really evaluate this. Overall it was a Great Experience and we will Travel Oasis and Allure again. RCCL stills needs to Readdress the Diamond Member situation. RCCL, every Diamond member we've talked are still upset with your New Policy. It appears only the Customers have been Loyal. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Would recommend no hesitation. They have thought of everything. Staff was wonderful; food great; entertainment top notch. Dining times easy to arrange; reservations a great help; didn't feel the "nickle and dime" you for ... Read More
Would recommend no hesitation. They have thought of everything. Staff was wonderful; food great; entertainment top notch. Dining times easy to arrange; reservations a great help; didn't feel the "nickle and dime" you for everything. If you wanted to pay for ice cream you could, but you didn't have to. Even though there were 5600 cruiser on board, you really didn't feel crowded. Yes, on a parade time, or special happening on the Royal Prom; but not on a normal afternoon or evening. Starboard Cabin number 8715. Balcony overlooking Boardwalk (just above Johnny Rockets). Room was a little narrower than some ships; closet space OK but not great. Enough storage space - luggage under the bed was fine. Bathroom storage good; bathroom roomy. Shower fine. Shampoo, soap, etc. provided (travel size bottles). View from balcony can view aqua show fairly well. Not noisy with door closed. Nice room. However, would choose a Jr. Suite next time. My only complaint - we were traveling with a person using oxygen, scooter and needed wheelchair help off the ship. The directions were not clearly stated (and should have been since we were wheelchair assisted getting on the ship). Each person you asked had a different answer. So be sure you have all those procedures before departure. Parking lot departure was also a hassle - if you leave persons and luggage at the curb, then cross the street to parking, to get back to the curb is a challenge. Have to leave the area for several blocks, then make a U-turn to return. Can't double park, so might have to go around again... All-in-all, if you are thinking about taking the Oasis of the Seas, don't think anymore.... Just book it !! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Wow, what can I say? This is one amazing ship and at the end it has became my favorite cruise I have been on! We sailed during the cold wave that Florida so on the day we left is was very cold and raining. What that meant was once on the ... Read More
Wow, what can I say? This is one amazing ship and at the end it has became my favorite cruise I have been on! We sailed during the cold wave that Florida so on the day we left is was very cold and raining. What that meant was once on the ship we, like almost everyone else, wondered around the promenade and did not get to see the exterior public areas until later in the cruise. The promenade is like the Freedom class ships only wider and longer with the Rising Tide Bar at one end. Even full with people because of the weather it was crowded but not packed, we were able to get around and sight-see. We booked a Central Park view balcony room and here is my one major complaint on this ship. The cabins are smaller and in the case of the Central Park staterooms you have a view of the park which gets old after a day and across the way are other cabins. Beware you don't have privacy on your balcony and be sure to draw your drapes because everyone across from you can see into your room! We always book ocean views but because it was Oasis tried something new for a change but it was a mistake and would never do again. My wife likes the Freedom class ships better than Oasis because you don't get as much views of the ocean on the Oasis as you do on Freedom, etc. For instance at Chops, the steakhouse, which is in Central Park there is no views of the sea. What was a romantic dinner with a view of the ocean on Liberty becomes just another nice dinner in a decent steakhouse on Oasis. Also you don't have much view of the waterr from the sports deck. You have to go out of your way to enjoy a ocean view in the public areas. That said the Oasis is a amazing ship. Central park is pleasant to stroll through and Boardwalk is great. I have a eight year old son and we spent time on Boardwalk with the shops & attractions. When I was on the Liberty I was amazed at the ice show as it was the first time I had seen one on a ship and I wondered if anything would ever top it. The water show (Oasis of Dreams) on Oasis more than does that. It is unbelievable. I think it was my favorite moment of the cruise. Your in the middle of the Caribbean watching swimmers and high divers! Here's a tip: when they say splash zone they mean it; we went to the show on formal night at it was fun to watch men in tuxedos and women in gowns sit there in the zone and get soaked. The entertainment was first quality everywhere. "Hairspray" was as good as any road show of a Broadway show I've seen. We could have lived without the Abba tribute but the majority of the crowd seemed to enjoy it and the theater was packed. Here is another hint: If you go to the Aqua theater at night when there is no Oasis of Dreams show there is a not-publicized dancing water show! Another great use of the public areas on this amazing ship! We were lucky to have a table in the dinning room near the Captain's table and service was as good as on any cruise we've been on and the food was excellent. In fact we could have skipped Chops and just eaten in the dinning room every night! Overall the food was very good and tasty at every venue including the Windjammer which on other RCI ships we've been on has sometimes not been up to standard. The one exception was the Wipe-out grill, frankly is was pretty bad, skip it. This was Captain Bill Wright's last cruise as captain of the Oasis and we had to chance to meet him a number of times on board. He always took time to greet us and was very friendly. He's not as outgoing as Capt. Johnny on the Mariner (and I hear soon the Allure)but it was a real honor to meet him. I've heard Ken Rush has taken some hits on this board as cruise director. He was our director on the Mariner when it changed from Mexico to Pacific Northwest and handled that situation very well and was up to form here as well. We think he did an really excellent job at every show & venue we saw him at. The crew was professional and friendly. Our son goes to the Adventure Ocean and one of the crew there remembered our son from the Mariner in Oct! This is a great ship for kids as all RCI ships are. What we couldn't believe was that one of the waiters at Johnny Rockets (on the Boardwalk, again no ocean view)remembered us from being on the Liberty two years before! Being on the Oasis of the Seas was more than a cruise, it was an experience and one I will never forget. I'm trying to talk the family into the Allure but that shouldn't be too hard to do based on our time on the Oasis. It's a big ship but you never feel overwhelmed and your never bored. It became my favorite cruise ever. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
This was my 7th cruise with Royal Caribbean and I have been on 1 Norwegian, 1 Princess, 1 Carnival, 1 Holland America, and 2 Disney. This was probably my favorite cruise so far! We booked a balcony facing the boardwalk and wanted to ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise with Royal Caribbean and I have been on 1 Norwegian, 1 Princess, 1 Carnival, 1 Holland America, and 2 Disney. This was probably my favorite cruise so far! We booked a balcony facing the boardwalk and wanted to choose a balcony facing the ocean. But because of the pricing we went with the boardwalk balcony. We didn't think we would really be able to see the ocean but we could actually see it quite clearly. We could also see some of the aqua show from the balcony which was cool as long with watching the zip liners, the festivals, and of course the belly flop competition. All of the food we had on board was outstanding! I recommend the Park Cafe in Central Park if you want great and healthy breakfast and lunch options. Our favorite was probably Izumi Asian Cuisine. The main Opus Dining Room was great as well. But overall, every restaurant was just fantastic! The shows on board were all great! Of all the other cruises we have taken Oasis had the best entertainment. The aqua show, headliners, hairspray, mosaic, and the ice show were all top notch. The Adventure Ocean Kids Club was great. My son had a fun time doing the cool activities they would do. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
I had seen the adverts on the TV and Royal Caribbean ships looked amazing. Neither of us had ever been on a cruise so I thought it best to take myself off to the locally travel agents rather than book something on line. The agent had ... Read More
I had seen the adverts on the TV and Royal Caribbean ships looked amazing. Neither of us had ever been on a cruise so I thought it best to take myself off to the locally travel agents rather than book something on line. The agent had suggested that there was a new ship that would be launched dec 09 and at that time there was only computer generated pictures which is always a bit hard to envision that when you get there it will look actually look like it does in the brochure. I was told my options for January as that was when I wanted travel we choose and it all sounded just perfect and with a 3 day bolt on trip to Miami I was all set Perfect............... Sure enough the ship was exactly like the computer generated pictures if not better. This ship is just out of this world it is enormous!!!!!!!! There is so many places to eat and drink and just so many activities happening on a daily basis. The shows are spectacular and we were surprised how many different shows to choose from. From comedy and west end shows to acrobats and water shows. If that does not tickle your fancy then every bar and club that you visit on the ship has live bands and singers from jazz music and moody blues to pop and salsa a little something for everyone's taste. Our favourite was dazzles and music express were fantastic. The range of restaurants that you can eat for breakfast and lunch is quiet extensive and the food is fab in all of those places just depends on what you fancy our personal favourite was park cafe in central park. For breakfast you can make your own bagels, muffins or burritos and for lunch make your own salad bowl, sandwiches, toasted Panini's and of course the very nice cake selection of sugar free, low fat or full fat or maybe just a piece of fresh fruit everything is lovely and fresh and really tasty where ever you decided to eat. In the evening you can eat in the main dinning room complementary. This is where you will meet the captain 2 out of the 7 nights for the formal evenings. You will get your chance to meet and greet captain bill and have your photo taken with him which is cool. The food in the dinning room is lovely its like eating out at a really fancy restaurant every night. They change the menu every night the menu is extensive non the less including a vitality range of healthier options. From the moment you are sat at your table, ordering a drink, reading the menu to finishing dessert you won't be sitting no longer than half and hour the service is world class. Anyway I could go on all day about this ship. To sum it up if you have a chance to sail with RC on the oasis of the Sea then DO IT!!!!! its awesome. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the RC staff for such fantastic service and a wonderful stress free holiday and we can't wait to travel with you again Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
I am a Diamond Plus member and my last 25 cruises have all been on Royal Caribbean. This cruise was by far the best one I have ever been on. I booked Oasis on the first day bookings opened. I have read every review. every news article and ... Read More
I am a Diamond Plus member and my last 25 cruises have all been on Royal Caribbean. This cruise was by far the best one I have ever been on. I booked Oasis on the first day bookings opened. I have read every review. every news article and watched countless videos but nothing can prepare you for this ship. Oasis is simply amazing. I have met people who have said that they would never go on Oasis because it is too big and has too many people. Well, with respect I totally disagree. That is a little like saying you would never go to Hawaii or Vegas because they are too big or crowded. Oasis is like a resort that happens to float. There are just so many separate areas on this magnificent ship that you never feel crowded or overwhelmed. There is such a great choice of activities that you can make this vacation into what ever you desire. Below are my random comments: 1. Check in, departure and getting on and off the ship in port was the easiest I have ever encountered. Royal Caribbean has improved the process tremendously. I arrived at 11.00am and my luggage was outside my cabin when they opened them up at 1.00pm 2. You must plan your cruise schedule in advance. Sign the waivers of liability and book all your shows in advance. Book the zipline as soon as you get onboard - go to Studio B to make your reservations. You may well have decided not to do the zipline but later on change your mind after seeing everyone else doing it. If you have not booked it early, you may well not be able to go. 3. There are changes to the cabins. Doors open outwards which is more convenient. I was in an inside L cabin and was very happy with it as I was rarely actually in the cabin. Shower cubicles are a lot bigger and now have a foot rail. Shower head is fixed and is very high. No clothes line so bring your own. Fridge actually keeps things cool. Seems that Beverage Dept looks after mini bar and not the cabin Steward. If you want to use the fridge for personal items, keep the RCL stuff visible on a shelf. 4. The shows are wonderful. Hairspray is as good as any Broadway production. The Aqua show and Ice shows were amazing. "Come fly with me" was the best RCL production I have ever seen. Comedians were great. I loved the quartet in the Jazz Club. 5. I had breakfast and lunch in the Solarium Bistro every day. The food there was way better than I have had on any other cruise. I generally ate in the Windjammer at night. No sushi there in the evening. 6. The Spa and Fitness Centre were the best of any ship I have been on. There is no free sauna or steam room. $30 per day or $150 per week to use the spa facilities. Perhaps Crown & Anchor could include a free pass in their booklets or allow Suite or Diamond Plus members access. 7. Concierge lounge on Deck 11 was beautiful and you could watch the Aqua shows from there. 8. Life jackets are no longer worn at the drill. In fact, the jackets are not even kept in the cabins, 9. There is no access to the bow so no more Titanic impressions. Best place to go is outside above the bridge. Go to Deck 14 (Port side) and you have a wonderful view from there. My inside cabin was close to it so I used this area as my balcony! 10. Television Channel 40 shows the bridge camera all the time. 11. Park West is not on Oasis. Art Actually has replaced them and I really liked the refreshing change. The art on Oasis is superb. 12. Captain was Bill Wright. I feel very privileged to have had him on board. He is a true professional and really is what Royal Caribbean is all about. 13 Ken Rush was the Cruise Director and was everywhere. He must have an identical twin brother. 14. I loved having a bagpiper on board. It was magical hearing him play the pipes when we departed port especially at night. I hope RCL continues that tradition on Allure. 15. Central Park in the evening is just wonderful. You do not feel at sea at all. 16. The interactive television is much improved. I especially liked the excursion information 17. Although bigger than any other cruise ship, Oasis is not actually much longer than the Freedom Class. It is much wider which creates a lot more space. This one week cruise went by way too quickly. I spent far too much time on the Flowriders but it was so much fun. I cannot wait to come back onto Oasis. andrew Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Booked a year in advance and while we waited we researched and learned as much as we could about the Oasis, but nothing prepares you for the WOW statement you will repeat over and over as you discover this ship. We actually gave up trying ... Read More
Booked a year in advance and while we waited we researched and learned as much as we could about the Oasis, but nothing prepares you for the WOW statement you will repeat over and over as you discover this ship. We actually gave up trying to count the number of times we said it ! The technology and the unparalleled design of this ship has made this Oasis class ship a real winner! We are Diamond Members and have sailed every class of ship in the fleet, enjoying each class for what it has to offer. The Oasis just brings it to a newer level of what cruising can offer. Listed below are our thoughts and impressions of just how RC has improved the cruise experience. Loved the ease of embarkation and disembarkation - it really is quick and effortless. On and off the ship in 15 minutes. Ports of call. down the escalator and out the security check in a flash, no lines. Just press the gangway button in the elevator. Not crowded at all and we were at full capacity. Elevator wait time really non existent.Neighbourhood design manages the number of passengers well. Rising Tide Bar a favourite to get to where you would like to go. Number of choices of where to eat again another unique crowd managing strategy. Food - RC has raised the bar here too. Tried them all, I loved the healthy choices especially the Solarium Bistro for Breakfast and Lunch, DH liked the Windjammer. Always found a table. Park Cafe was our favourite. MTD was great, never waited in line, always the same table and wait staff. Wonderful service every night. We will always do MTD . Room service always prompt and we used it daily for morning coffee and juice. Johnny Rockets for breakfast good too. Staff dance away for you even early in the morning. Try the hamburger and egg breakfast! Entertainment - Top Notch, best we have ever seen . All shows are not to be missed and should be seen more than once if you can manage your schedule. Again RC has done their research here. WOW! Don't miss the clubs as they have first class musicians. Catch the guitarist Wilfred wherever he is and the Piper that wanders the ship. Cabins - Nice newer design. A woman had to design the bathroom area. Storage fine, Move the coffee table on the deck or in the closet to gain more space. The beds were so comfortable and balcony furniture another step up. Size was fine for two in our D8, would be difficult for more than that. Diamond Member Lounge - Each night in the Blaze nightclub. Free drinks and nice appetizers before dinner was a favourite stop for us. Cannot leave the club with your drinks like other cruises we have been on. Yes all mixed drinks were available and complimentary. We immediately booked another cruise on the Oasis for July 2010 only one week after we returned home. Could not do it all in just 7 days and we look forward to exploring the Oasis and what we missed because there just isn't enough time to get to all that she has to offer in just one week. Cruising on this resort was fun, exhausting and a pleasure. The Oasis exceeded our expectations and then some. WOW Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
We promise to keep this short and sweet. We had a great time. Ok done........No Just kidding. We did have a great time, how could you not? She is an awesome ship; new, clean and one of the best crews we have had on a cruise. I have been on ... Read More
We promise to keep this short and sweet. We had a great time. Ok done........No Just kidding. We did have a great time, how could you not? She is an awesome ship; new, clean and one of the best crews we have had on a cruise. I have been on over 20 cruises and Judy over 10 so we speak with some experience. From the "check in" to de-embarkation, every thing went smooth as the seas that week. But let me start with the pre cruise. We flew down Fri. and stayed at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. I had a need to be fulfilled - to see this behemoth come in and take pictures of her. Later, to find out she comes in at 4:30 am. Oh I am up, but what kind of lighting do you use to shoot a picture a half a mile away? Uuuuugh. I don't know, so you will some very dark pictures of her arriving. But it didn't matter she took my breath away when she came into the pier. Well the dinner we had the night before at the hotel really took my breath away when I saw the bill. It was very good they called it Asian fusion. I think it's a code word for very expensive little portions of very tasty food. But this review is not about the hotel. We got a good price on the room. You must bribe the front desk for a room with a view of the harbor and pier but well worth the $20 up grade. Oh wait a minute she also recommended the hotel restaurant. Just kidding. The restaurant was great and I'm sure the $200 bill for dinner was a good choice in case we weren't going to eat for a week on a cruise. Wow is that an oxymoron? Not eat on a cruise? Oh well back to the short and sweet review. We arrive at the terminal at 11:00 am there are over 1,000,000 people checking you in so we were on the ship by 11:10. No kidding a very efficient check in if you have all your pre docks done and a valid cc, you are in. Ok I'm kidding about the 1 million people but there were too many to count. One word to say about check in is "Awesome". I'm staying away from the work excellent. That would be a Princess review. If you have sailed Princess you will know what I'm talking about. So were on the ship in less then 10 minuets and I know you're all going to not believe me but they had a photographer take our picture getting on the ship. Wow what a concept take a picture of people and sell it later for like $20. I'm sure it was a great picture but we did not buy one. Sorry RCCL but stop ripping us off and taking my picture every day and night at dinner. Make a reasonable price and it might be worth it. I was going to buy the one he took when Judy and I were in the shower in our room but I looked fat in it. Well you are on the ship and the room won't be ready till 1:00 what should we do? Well I read that they have at least one bar so lets see if we could find it. Also the rumor of a place to eat was going thru my head so we searched high and low to find one of these. And voila' we found the Solarium. Grabbed a bite to eat and now looked for a map to find a bar and what do you know no maps!! But wait, they have computers the size of small nations all over the place and you punch in what you want to do and where to go and it maps it out for you. This was great and we used it every day at least twice. Oh by the way, I'm not sure but there has to be over 100 bars on the ship and if not over 2500 bar servers - so a drink is not hard to find and all were friendly severs. So day one was great. Now its time to sit back relax and enjoy sail away. Now this was the only time you felt like the ship has too many passengers on board. The upper decks were full and hard to get a spot closes to the rail. And I guess with over 5600 people on board this was bound to happen at least once. One other thing that was disturbing, RCCL had a few hundred "visitor" guests on board before sail away. They had on visitor passes and most of them were there for the free food and down right rude in the Windjammer. See what you get when you pay nothing to eat. It was nice to see them leave because if I had to spend a week with rude people someone's going swimming over the rail when were out at sea. We enjoyed sail away from our balcony I some pictures on my post for you to see. You can see the looks on peoples faces as she leaves she is a "wow" factor everywhere she sails and docks. At some point after sail away and before dinner there was a parade in the Promenade. It was loads of fun. The cruise director was dressed as Richard Simmons and mc'ed from the rising tide bar while the whole entertainment staff paraded down the street. Don't miss this - it was a lot of fun. We have late seating so at 8:30 we headed down to the restaurant for well, more to eat and meet our tablemates. It was a nice table for 6 next to the stage. Every night while you dined some entertainer would serenade the room with soothing sounds. Very nice touch and some very good performers. Just a side note I am an entertainer and musician and rarely, ever say I "heard" good entertainment. So when I tell you it's was good it was most likely, great. Enough said. Our tablemates were great. A couple from England and another couple from Mass. The couple from England were on their first cruise and the other couple were on there 20th or so. So if this is your first cruise it will blow you away but when you can compare it to others... well it blows you away. I enjoyed the dinners every night; the food was very tasty. The waiter was a little slow, but was very good. The only reason I say slow, dinner usually took about 2 hours and that's ok. But all the shows start at 10:30 so since the theater is about 2 miles away from the dinning room you had to catch a cab. Well run like your trying to catch a cab or wishing you could catch a cab, or the L train. This is one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. Kudos to the chefs and crew for feeding over 5600 people 3-9 times a day. We did eat at Chops one night. This was pre booked and pre paid so we could not change it. It was very good but not necessary. The main dining every night was good enough and you could order for an extra charge the steak from Chops and have it in the dining room. Here's a thought: when you book this cruise (and if you reading this review you must book this cruise), we did a lot of pre booking the spa and chops and if you don't know when you pre book, you also "pre pay". Well if you want to change anything like we had to do it was a small hassle. Now that relates only to the spa for us. But as I pointed out to the spa nazi we booked 3 appointments each and bought over $200 of their products. So make the changes without the attitude. We are spending over $1,000 here this week, so sorry we had to move one appt around. Just a little problem when you pre book and pre pay. Oh by the way, I was not happy about the prepay thing. I know they are trying to recoup the 1.5 billion on the cost of the ship, but I don't like paying in advance. Well unless you want to give me a discount. Now that's a word you don't here often on a cruise. As platinum members you do receive 15% off 2 spa treatments. The rates are higher so it makes it somewhat reasonable. The spa services rendered were great and the therapists were very qualified. One of them - well I keep calling her Billy Mays because she would try to sell you everything and she was good. She didn't know who he was and that made it funny to me. The spa is breathtaking and huge. One thing after you change and slip into some really cheesy slippers you have to walk down a stair case that has glass steps - very weird. Enough about the spa. If you like to spa and have an extra grand or two its worth a visit. We are spa whores. I hope I can say that. Sorry about the short and sweet thing. I said that in order to rope you in but I'll try to wrap it up in just a few hundred more pages. The CC meet and greet was a whole lot of fun. We had a great group of people from all over the world. We got our free white board magnet and the ship handed us some other nice gifts. The cruise staff raffled off some cool hats and books and great stuff. I did not win any so I think it was fixed. (not really but...) Well if the m&m was not good enough, DJTEXAS sets up a slot pull and cabin crawl for more fun. We saw all different cabins from an inside to owner's suite. So I didn't have to snap my neck peeking into rooms that are getting cleaned. This was absolutely the best M&M we ever went too. And DJTEXAS made it over the top. Thank you. Enough about day 2. After the cc stuff I found one of those bars and had my drink of the day. Nothing like single malt scotch in a smoke stack / crown lounge plastic cup. The rest of the day is a blur. Go figure. One 25oz scotch and I'm done. Day 3. We did the zip line first thing in the am. Lots of fun if you go on this ship, you must do this. It's free, very safe and exciting too. We then watched on of our cc friends do the flow rider. I have hundreds of great pictures of her surfing flopping, surfing again and then wiping out. She was a trooper and then we toasted Scotland for their great exports they produce. And then looked for something to eat. That day was Johnny Rockets. It was crowded, but moved quick. The rest of the day was enjoying the ship and the adult only area. What a concept no kids and a great buffet too. This is a buffet that has all healthy choices and one of our favorites for breakfast and lunch. The ship has so much to offer. You can stroll the Promenade or just walk around and look at over 7500 pieces of art. We took an art tour and had the pleasure of meeting one of the artists talk about her work and then a private viewing all her works in the art gallery. The art tours are well worth it and I think every week they invite other artists to join in and give private showings. This is a must do for everyone who enjoys art. There is so much great art on board, its nice to hear about it. The tours are fun and informative, take about and hour and they don't try to sell you anything. Day 4 - St. Thomas. We went to Megan's bay for an hour to enjoy the beach and back to the ship to enjoy the Solarium. The ship is very quiet when most of people went to town. But again I never felt the crowds. She's big enough for all to enjoy and not feel like you on Coney Island in the summer. Sorry to offend any Brooklyn people but you know what I mean. However the port had 5-6 ships in town. And that was a disaster. Very crowded downtown we could not wait to get out of dodge. Day 5 St Marten. One of our favorite places to go is Orient beach. We got off the ship at & 7:30 and were at the beach by 8. Now first thing I want to say is we go to St Marten when there are no cruise ships in town and have a great time. It's clean, safe and quiet. So when we got to the beach it was just a few people from the resort and peaceful. Well when the other 75 ships in port that day let off the masses and take people on day trips around the island, one of the stops is Orient beach. So now millions of people (dress like there going to I don't know, Alaska) encroach the beach like they're visiting the zoo and look around and gawk. So after a few hours we left and went back to enjoy the ship. Hey people it's a beach - don't dress in long pants and long sleeve shirts with sneakers. Enough said in case you didn't get the hint too many ships in these ports are of the only bad "things" about the cruise. My advice: go into port buy some crap and get back on the ship. She's well worth it. Another day at sea. I don't remember much. It's that drink of the day thing. Actually, it was another great day on the ship. We spent most of the day in the solarium. Great food, great hot tubs and most of all - no kids!! I'm wrapping it up soon here I promise. Day 7 Nassau. You get to port about 1pm. My advice don't get off here it's a crap hole. If anything, take a trip snorlking or anything to get you out of this town. The water here is beautiful so a water adventure would be spectacular. Here's the deal with Nassau. Our ship is berthed at the last dock on the pier. That day there were only 50 other ships in port. So you walk off the ship with the other 5000+ people, on a tiny sidewalk and all the other people from the other ships are coming towards your ship to see it and take pictures. So 5000+ going one way and 7 million people coming at you the other way. Does this sound like fun? We went to Atlantis for an hour had a great time. Yes I won. Here's an idea for RCCL. When I went to Atlantis to gamble they gave me a free drink. I believe it was a single malt scotch. I gambled on the ship for a few hours every day, no free drink. Hell I bought 100's drinks for the week. Oh wait and none were free. I had one free " Fu fu" crap drink at the platinum meeting of the crew. I have been on other ships where the bar was open for the meeting of the crew. Well now I'm a diamond so next time I might get one free drink. Unless they change the policy. Sorry to bash the cruise line on drinking but buy me one. And yes in case you didn't know they are like the 3rd Reich at every port making sure you don't try to bring on any booze. They make a guy empty his water bottle because it was open. Lighten up on the booze carry on. I buy enough at the bars. I like to have one on my balcony. You could see that the liquor store on board was not doing much business. Who the hell wants to carry booze on a plane when you have to pack in your luggage? Sorry to rant but I have been on ships even RCCL when you could buy a bottle and bring it to you room for a small fee. Ps yes I brought on booze and RCCL you cannot complain that I did not have a large bar bill. We did most of the shows. All were great. The diving show at the Aqua Theater is amazing to see. Especially when you are on a ship that is moving. The headliner show Come Fly With Me is a must see. I have a video of two of the main performers of that show in one of the parades. I will try to post it today. Well to wrap up. The cruise was great and we will book this ship again or the Allure soon. We love cruising and really love RCCL. Thank you for an amazing ship and phenomenal week. Ben & Judy Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Beyond her sheer size, there were many attributes to this ship that I found impressive - and some that I was surprised by. For example, I expected to be overwhelmed not only by the distances that would have to be covered in moving from ... Read More
Beyond her sheer size, there were many attributes to this ship that I found impressive - and some that I was surprised by. For example, I expected to be overwhelmed not only by the distances that would have to be covered in moving from place to place, but just in trying to remember where all the points of interest - restaurants, lounges, showrooms, shops, rides, activity areas - were located. However, I found the arrangement of the ship to be logical, which made navigation relatively easy. Furthermore, the flat screen navigation aids on each floor were quite helpful whenever I wasn't sure exactly where a particular destination was. Also, with our cabin being near mid-ship, the distances we had to cover were not as great as I had expected. I found the elevators to be (1) conveniently located and (2) adequate for the volume of traffic, at least on this particular cruise. So getting around was surprisingly quick and convenient for a ship this large. Following are some specific comments - positive and negative - about certain aspects of the ship. Since we were on board for just two days, we were unable to avail ourselves of everything the ship has to offer. Accordingly, these comments are limited to what we personally experienced. Our cabin We had an outside cabin with a balcony. Though rather small, we found it to be comfortable and well designed. The beds were the most comfortable we have slept in at sea. The balcony was spacious enough and private. We liked the solid see-through panel railings bordering the balcony (as opposed to pickets). Good for families with small children. We liked the glass door (vs. curtain) in the shower. In-cabin internet access (via TV) is an excellent idea, as it eliminates the need to lug my laptop onboard or to have to go to an internet cafe and perhaps wait for a terminal. Public Areas and Attractions We found the Central Park, the Boardwalk, and The Royal Promenade areas to be very well designed with lots of fun things to do. They clearly helped bring a sense of energy and liveliness to the ship, and we enjoyed the time we spent in each of them. Getting coffee in the morning, for example, was quick and easy when going to a cafe in the Promenade vs. having to go up to Lido. Even though the ship apparently wasn't full, we saw long lines at some of the establishments (such as Johnny Rockett's and the Seafood Shack). Also, there were too few chairs at some of the bars and cafes in Central Park. The main dining facilities were excellent, as was the service and the quality of the food. While there is an impressive array of alternative dining options, we are concerned that some passengers might have difficulty booking reservations, as the restaurants appear to be rather small. The lunch food stations in the Lido didn't make sense to us. The lite-bites station, for example, had some lite selections, but you couldn't build a complete salad there. There were several stations that had international cuisines, but we found no particular logic to the way the stations were set up, so we didn't necessarily know where to find Italian vs. Asian, for example. The Wipe Out Bar was the only place to find pizza. We felt that pizza should be available somewhere closer to the Lido. The pizza was not to our liking...dry and flavorless. The main showroom was excellent. We had no problem getting a good seat. The seats were comfortable and easy to get to - even middle seats. Also, even the seats in the very back of the balcony offered good viewing. We also liked having reservations for the bigger shows. The procedure worked quite well and surely will help with crowd control when the ship is full. Some comments about the entertainment on this particular cruise: Of the nearly 30 cruises that I have been on, Abba Cadabra was the finest show I have ever seen on a ship. And it was easy to tell from the audience's reaction - from the opening number until the encore - that they enjoyed it as well. I have never seen a livelier, more appreciative audience. Royal Caribbean would do well to book that act as often as possible. They are the kind of entertainment that one would expect on a ship as spectacular as the Oasis. Ditto for the HC Anderson Ice Show. The choreography and costumes were very creative and the talent was extraordinary. Absolutely tremendous! The Aqua Theatre performance was still in rehearsal and still being refined, but we were quite impressed with the acrobatics and athleticism of the performers. On this particular cruise, the Zip Line wait was too long for such a short ride. The Fitness Center was extremely well equipped and spacious. I also liked the track, which was clearly marked so that distance covered could be easily calculated. Also, it was for joggers and walkers. No railbirds and loungers to have to dodge, such as when walking or jogging on Promenade decks of other ships. The basketball court was easily the best I've seen on any ship. Being new, it was in excellent shape. Also, I liked that it was full length, was in a great location, and was well shielded from the wind (which has always been an issue on other ships). The elevator lights were difficult to read. Often, we couldn't tell whether a light for a particular deck was off or on. Other Observations The lifeboat drill was well orchestrated. Quick, convenient, comfortable (we were seated during the entire presentation) and informative, and we didn't have to drag our life jackets along. Great idea! We especially liked the procedure for viewing the photographs that were taken onboard. It eliminated the confusion and frustration that normally go with finding one's photos on ships. Very innovative idea. We noticed that many of the ship's amenities (e.g. alternative dining options) have a fee associated with them. We will be interested in hearing how passengers feel about having to pay for these, as they can make the total cruise cost quite high. And if there is a wait involved, this could negatively impact the overall cruise experience. Summary This is a truly magnificent ship...not simply because of her size, but because of the overall planning and physical design of the vessel. We found the layout to be logical and well thought out. And, as pointed out above, we were especially impressed with the many innovations that have been incorporated. We are grateful that we had this experience and we eagerly await our next opportunity to sail on her. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
To say this ship is large is an understatement. Boarding went very quickly and we went first to our stateroom. Luggage arrive about 2 hours later. The 32 in. TV was impressive, although the content was mostly the same...Lucy, 2 1/2 Men, ... Read More
To say this ship is large is an understatement. Boarding went very quickly and we went first to our stateroom. Luggage arrive about 2 hours later. The 32 in. TV was impressive, although the content was mostly the same...Lucy, 2 1/2 Men, etc. Touring the ship was next. Plenty of elevators and mostly not full. Lots to do on this ship and it takes about 2 days to really find your way around. Meals in the Opal Dining room (we had My Time Dining, which worked well) were average; service was excellent. The Windjammer on the 15th deck was much improved over previous ships although it was very crowded most of the time. Good variety of food. We'd recommend Sorrento's Pizza on the Prominade Deck and the Park Cafe in Central Park..both busy but excellent food. The main problem was leaving the ship when our cruise was over. We were in Group 74 and didn't get off the ship until almost 10 AM. Also, we came into Port Everglades at about 4:30 AM and were on the starboard side, next to the debarkation building. It was very noisy and we didn't get much sleep after arriving. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
First, let me start off by admitting. I am spoiled rotten. I havent had such a terrific vacation in years. This ship offers such a wide variety of activities to choose from there's no reason to even get off the ship during ports of ... Read More
First, let me start off by admitting. I am spoiled rotten. I havent had such a terrific vacation in years. This ship offers such a wide variety of activities to choose from there's no reason to even get off the ship during ports of call days. The stateroom was more than adequate with few nice enhancements to the room since the last time I cruised on Royal. First was the nice widescreen flat panel LCD tv. Was about 40" and had a standard variety of SD Cable/Satellite programming. In addition to the On Screen Interactive capabilities (there is a keyboard which comes with the TV so you can sign up for wireless internet or use the TV itself to surf the web) , the TV also allows you to sign up for activities and reserve a table at any one of the several specialty restaurants on board. There is also a built in calendar feature which shows you the customized itinerary for your trip and you can add to it at any time, anything you want. Lets see, when talking about the neighborhood concept, I felt very much drawn to two locations in particular. 1) Entertainment place, which featured the Studio B, Comedy Club , Jazz on 4, and the Casino - awesome Casino, although they could have sprung a few extra bucks for some more of the super enhanced slots like they have at Wynn and MGM in Vegas. 2) Boardwalk, which features the Carousel, Shops, Seafood Shack, Art Auction, Photo Portrait Studio, and Aqua Theater. The Aqua Show Oasis of Dreams is a must see and has some amazingly talented divers , most of whom are not too bad to look at. Overall, nothing I can complain about this cruise. I loved it so much, I am going again!! This coming week. See you later, and have fun on Oasis of the Seas Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale a day early on our own. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale Beach. A perfect location. The hotel overlooks the Inter-coastal on one side and the ocean on the other. (Great pool overlooking the ... Read More
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale a day early on our own. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale Beach. A perfect location. The hotel overlooks the Inter-coastal on one side and the ocean on the other. (Great pool overlooking the beach.) Eat lunch or dinner at Coconuts across the street on the inter-coastal. The food was wonderful! Breakfast we ate outside overlooking the beach at St.Barts Coffee Cafe one block away. We then took a taxi to the port, very close by about 10:30 am. Check in was so easy. Much faster and more organized than some of the smaller ships we've been on. We couldn't get in our room until 1:00, but enjoyed sitting in Central Park and the Park Cafe while waiting.Great new way for a lifeboat drill. You don't have to have your life jackets. This ship is just absolutely amazing from the moment you walk in. It is unbelievable how beautiful it is. The different "communities" make it very easy to get around. We had a balcony room toward the front of the ship starboard side. It is definitely the side to be on. You can see everything from this side of the ship when you are docked in the ports. The room attendant was very attentive and personable. We had breakfast and afternoon cocktails delivered to our room almost daily. Room service was excellent. We had anytime dining. RCI wants you to make a reservation each night which kind of defeats the purpose. We like the way Princess does anytime dining much better, but this was OK. We found an excellent waiter/staff and requested his table each night. Entertainment was excellent! Hairspray, Come Fly With Me, The Ice Skating Show..All very professional and great. The theaters are wonderful. We had booked our tickets online. Do not miss the Oasis Show in the Aqua Outdoor Theater. I'm still in awe of how they are able to do this show on a moving ship! There are so many places to go and so much to do you can't possibly do it all. At night besides going to the shows we went to the Jazz Club, Latin club, Comedy Club, Pub and Casino. The Casino is huge and "very alive" almost all the time. One complaint..the smell! 1/2 is smoking but you can smell the smoke all through the casino. The Cupcake Shop and the Donut shop were delicious..key lime donuts, coco cola cupcakes. I want one now! One of our favorite places was Central Park and the Park Cafe. We ate lunch there everyday or at the Solarium up by the pool. If you don't have kids I would suggest staying towards the front of the ship. During the day most everywhere we went was on the front. It's so easy; just up and down the elevator to the pool,solarium, spa, Central Park. This ship has a beautiful Spa and my two facials were wonderful. Most of the Kids stuff is at the back of the ship. This was our 6th RCI cruise. We are gold members which you don't get anything for on this ship except a coupon book. But, it didn't matter to us. We were treated very well and all of the staff went out of their way to be friendly and meet our every need. We plan to go back next year! Oh yes, I left out one thing. Make sure to do the Zip Line, another first for a ship. What fun! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Oasis of the Seas had seen an amazing amount of hype. I had EXREMELY high expectations for this super-liner. Not since QM2 had I had expectations like this. Where QM2 fell short (at least in its inaugural year) Oasis Exceeded all ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas had seen an amazing amount of hype. I had EXREMELY high expectations for this super-liner. Not since QM2 had I had expectations like this. Where QM2 fell short (at least in its inaugural year) Oasis Exceeded all expectations. This ship will now be the standard by which i measure all other ships I sail on. I genuinely didn't think she would live up to all of what she was billed to be. However I can tell you all- when RCL describes this ship as a "WOW" they are not kidding. I challenge you NOT to say it at least once every 20 min from the time you first see her, to the time you have finally explored all of her neighborhoods. Yes- she is big- but SO well organized. If you are lost- well just touch one of the interactive computer screens all over the ship and find anything you could want. Anything from how to get to your stateroom, or one of the amazing neighborhoods, to "what should I do now?" But seriously the ship is so natural and intuitively organized, you really cant get lost. The rest of the computer enhancements, from booking entertainment, shore excursions, specialty dining or other enhancements can be done on your home computer, or once you get on board from the interactive TV screens in your stateroom. She sailed with 700 less people than she could have due to the missing lifeboats she had to have removed for repair after the rough trans-Atlantic crossing. I can tell you the ship NEVER felt crowded- in fact I have felt far more crowding on ships like Caribbean Princess and Sun Princess. Service is AMAZING. I have like many others been seeing the cutbacks at RCL and other lines during these times. Well RCL put its best people (with one exception-later) and its best "keep them happy" philosophy on board. I have never seen such great service on any of the other (20+) cruises I have been on. YOU KNOW you have good people, when even in the buffet area crew members are tripping over each other to supply you with complimentary drinks, and servicing those of us with soda packages- not just people ordering bar drinks. This level of attention by the F&B department was also evident in the huge number of outlets including main restaurants, specialty restaurants, quick service food outlets and bars all over this wonderful ship. Quality of food was also outstanding in all locations. We unfortunately were unable to hit all of them in a 7 day cruise- try as we might!!! And now for the most pleasant surprise- Entertainment. RCL seems to have taken some lessons from Disney and REALLY beefed up their entertainment. From Broadway caliber performances of Hairspray, to 2 different Cirque-du-Soleil inspired spectaculars, there was so much to see. Add in some headliner entertainment on some nights, an AMAZINGLY funny group of comedians in the comedy club, some top notch musicians in the bars, a fairly good ice skating show, and atmospheric characters in the Central Park neighborhood, and you have a recipe for an entertaining week. Finally and full circle, the new neighborhood concept. It really works, the Royal Promenade, Boardwalk, and Central Park Neighborhoods are DAZZLING. The Pool and Sports neighborhood is really just a beefed up version of what some of her "little sisters" have already, but they are still impressive. As far as negatives- I have very little to say. I sailed on her second 7 day voyage, and was expecting glitches. If you take something as complicated as this ship and expect NO errors- you are kidding yourself. However the issues were very minor and typical for ANY cruise on a ship that is "seasoned" and "broken in". There were several issues where entertainment was not as listed in the cruise compass newsletter on board. I hope that as time goes on and everyone gets used to the busy schedules on board, less mistakes for entertainment timing and offerings will occur. My biggest negative issue was with the cruise director on board who seemed more interested in winning favor with his entertainment cast on board and less interested in being friendly with his paying guests. He was MC of most events on board, and I was sick of hearing about how important it was that the audience was more lively. He also seemed to like to lecture people on how they should feel or think, rather than allowing them to think for themselves and take it all in. As I said earlier it was evident that RCL put their best people on board to make a good impression- with the exception of Mr. Rush. OK enough of the small negative impressions. Overall Oasis is a true wonder of the Modern World, and I can hardly wait until the prices on her drop just a little (as soon as I got home I saw that pricing of her staterooms had increased overall since before I boarded)- so I can book on this amazing ship once again. THANK YOU RCL for a concept truly ahead of its time!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
After reading some of the other cruisers reviews, I felt like i should clear up certain things for those of you who have maybe never cruised on RCCL or at all. Yes, there will ALWAYS be things that can go wrong, things that you are not ... Read More
After reading some of the other cruisers reviews, I felt like i should clear up certain things for those of you who have maybe never cruised on RCCL or at all. Yes, there will ALWAYS be things that can go wrong, things that you are not crazy about, but anyway here it goes: EMBARCATION: A BREEZE! Porters were everywhere collecting luggage as soon as you pulled up, and RCCL staff were directing you to the main entrance of the terminal. I arrived at around 11am and was on board by 11:10, no joke! After a light lunch and stroll of the beautiful pool deck, 1 o'clock came around and the staterooms were available to guests. By 1:15 my luggage had already been delivered! I was guessing that with the volume of people and the sheer size of the ship it would be well past 6pm before I could expect to have luggage delivered! STATEROOM: I had a Balcony cabin on deck 8, the beds were unusually comfortable and seemed a tad larger than the other ships I've sailed on (both with RCCL,and other lines) and the room was pretty standard in all other aspects. Balcony was about that on Freedom-class ships, as well as restroom layout. Only slightly negative thing were the pillows! Hard, and had a plastic like cover under the pillowcase, which I know is for hygiene, but still not very easy to get comfortable on.... ENTERTAINMENT: Honestly I'm not big on Broadway style shows, but i did see part of the Hairspray show and if you are into that type of entertainment, you would probably enjoy it. The Aqua Theater had a show that was good, but seems that they have not yet had a chance to fine tune it for an entire production. What i saw was pretty spectacular though. Very high tech and a true innovation for any ship! The Ice skating show was great, again very much like the ones on the Voyager and Freedom-class ships. I never made it to the comedy shows which was a bummer, but there seemed to be many shows at the comedy club throughout the cruise. Casino was HUGE and had just about all the games like black jack, poker, let it ride, slots, etc... FOOD: I tried the "My time dining" and thought it worked well. I also enjoyed the food from the Windjammer buffet. I'm not too big on seafood or steaks, so i didn't try the MANY specialty restaurants. There were many options from Asian, Italian, and Steak house style dining. The food, again, is the same as on all the other RCCL cruises I've been on, and for my taste, better than most cruise lines I've been on (which include Carnival, Princess, Norwegian), but not as good as Disney cruise line's food. Over 5,000 people on board? WHERE ARE THE CROWDS? Not ONCE did i feel that there were this many people on this ship. The ship is truly AMAZING! Not just for its size, but for the innovations that you will not find on any other ships, or even on land based resorts. The RISING TIDE BAR was one of my favorite places to sit and enjoy the ever-changing scenery, from Central Park, to the Royal Promenade. Boleros had the BEST Mojitos made by Adrian, and a nice place to hear live music from the band. Blaze nightclub was also a fun late night venue. The Solarium was just beautiful. Never crowded, always inviting. The zip-line is a MUST! Its not a long stretch but it is really a neat thing to do while on a ship! Strongly recommend express departure, i walked off the ship when I was ready. I can go on and on, but don't want to bore anyone! If you have any questions feel free to contact me at FreedomOTseas@aol.com Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Background info - I sailed with my mother and my DD (2 years). We both left our DH at home and made this a girl's getaway. This was my 13th cruise, my 4th with RCL. I've sailed on all the major lines, Carnival, Princess, ... Read More
Background info - I sailed with my mother and my DD (2 years). We both left our DH at home and made this a girl's getaway. This was my 13th cruise, my 4th with RCL. I've sailed on all the major lines, Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, HAL, Norwegian and of course RCL. We aren't loyal to any brand, typically cruising for the itinerary so this cruise was a departure from the norm for us. The Oasis is an awesome ship, the best I've ever sailed on. I know this next statement will be controversial... but I think it is the best ship that has ever sailed. It may not be for everyone, but they have certainly thought of everything. It is a destination all to itself and incredible experience that I was blessed enough to have had. Pre-Cruise - We flew in to Ft. Lauderdale from Atlanta early Sunday morning. The flight was on time and our baggage arrived with us, we were off to a good start. The cab fare was about $15 to the Hilton Marina. We booked on Priceline (I love Priceline) our bid was accepted at $49 per night. (My bid criterion was, 4 stars, downtown area, for those of you who are interested). It was a nice hotel, good but not great. I thought it deserved a 3 star rating instead. I would definitely stay there again though. It was recently remodeled, contemporary/modern dEcor which I love. They put is in the West Villas which faced 17th street. So, we were able to see the cruise ships from our room. That was what we wanted most. As soon as I got my first glimpse of the Oasis it was love at first sight. ? She dwarfed the other ships in port. It really helps to build anticipation for your cruise. The hotel was in a great location. It was off of 17th street, with many things to do within walking distance. It was next to a water taxi stop. This seemed like a good way to explore the area. I think it was $13pp, 10pp for seniors and $8 for kids. I'm not certain of that though because we ended up not taking it. I picked up some last minute things from the dollar tree, the grocery store and the drug store. There was also a Starbucks, Einstein Bagels and Georgio's, a delicious Italian restaurant nearby. Georgio's had awesome brick oven pizza. The next day we pretty much explored the area near the hotel on foot. We did go to the Cruise Critic dinner at the Rustic Inn and met many of our fellow cruise criticians. We ate tons of crablegs and got to kick of our Oasis experience with our online friends. The next morning we took a very short cab ride to the pier about $13. Embarkation - Embarkation was oh so painless. This is what embarkation is supposed to be like. I was so impressed because I expected it to be a mess. We arrived about 9:45am. We thought we might have to wait in line outside but no such thing. As soon as we got out of the cab we went straight into the terminal. First they split you in two directions. Half the decks go left, half the decks go right. Then we walked straight up to security. There was no one in front of us. We went through security and then were split again by individual deck number. There were maybe 50 different lines open (another 50 or so on the other side), several for each deck. We had already printed our set sail passes online, so there was nothing left but to show passports, a major credit card and take our photo. It took all of five minutes. We then passed behind the desks where they were taking the embarkation photos. The next attendant handed us group numbers and told us that we would board when our number was called. (I was told that Diamond members don't get group numbers they are called to board separately.) The entire process took maybe 15 minutes. We headed upstairs to the waiting area and sat in the holding area with hundreds of other cruisers. I think this helped to speed the process tremendously. There was a play area which DD loved, many flat screen TV's and tons of seating. My daughter played on the indoor play gym while we waited until the ship was cleared. We waited maybe 30-40 minutes until they began boarding. We ended up not having to wait for our group number to be called because we met up with the rest of our cruise critic friends and we were allowed to board first. I believe it was around 11am. I don't know what the experiences were like for those who arrived later in the afternoon, but for us embarkation was as good as it gets. Cabin- We booked a Category L- Inside Cabin (forward)on Deck 11. We don't spend much time in the cabin, and prefer to use the money to travel more frequently instead. The cabins had hair dryers, flat screen TV's, outlets located under the desk (parent of toddlers may want to bring outlet covers, they are about well within reach of little people) limited drawer space (3 drawers), fridge, many cabinets, 6 shelves in closet, tons of hangers, a safe, 2 night stands and sofa table. There was standard under the bed storage, a sofa which slept 2, under the sink storage. One of the features I really loved was having several light settings. The bathroom had a dim and full light setting. No more stumbling in the dark to find and use the bathroom. The cabin itself had standard general lighting, accent lighting- just illuminating the paintings and task lighting- lamps by the bed. I found this particularly useful with a little one, as she goes to bed before I do. It was easy to dim the light so that she could sleep, while I had enough lighting to entertain myself in the cabin. I attended our cruise critic Cabin Crawl (a great idea), so I saw nearly every category cabin (except the lofts) there was. I saw the ocean view, balcony, owners and junior suites, promenade view, handicapped cabins, central park view and boardwalk view cabins. There were definitely some gorgeous living spaces to be had aboard this ship. Public Areas- It goes without saying that this ship is enormous. I expected that certain areas would get really crowded. There were some crowds but not as bad as I expected. There were 4,827 people aboard our sailing (according to a security officer) but it never really felt like it. There were many, many public spaces and people seemed pretty much dispersed among them. Of course during the parades and the 70's party the promenade area got really crowded. Boardwalk- This was such a cool area. Several public spaces here: -Aqua Theater- an awesome idea, in addition to the shows, they opened it at some points for swimming. Since they have those large TV screens, this would be a good place to have movies by the pool like Princess does. -Seafood shack- ($8.95pp) a casual fee restaurant, with a terrific menu -Smile- a costume style portrait place. There were many costumes to dress up in and have your pictures taken. Pretty expensive though I think the cheapest package was about $100 and the individual photos were about $35. ( I never saw anyone in here) -Pets at Sea- I'm not sure what this place is, it looks like a build-a-bear shop except for stuffed pets -Ice Cream Parlor- ($) sells ice cream, banana splits etc -Donut shop (free)- about 6-8 different types of donuts -Pinwheels- a clothing/toy store for kids -Candy shop- sells candy for a whopping $11.69 per 1b -Star pier- sells hats, sunglasses etc. -Johnny Rockets- (4.95pp) burger joint -The Carousel (free)-like any other -They also have a cute photo booth. It wasn't working for our sailing but I thought it was a nice touch. Promenade- This is very similar to the Voyager class, just a little bigger. There were many stores and places to eat: -Rising tide bar- I didn't actually get on it but it was cool to see. There is a fountain underneath when the bar is lifted so you get a fountain display too. -Guest services- needs no explanation, but there were frequently long lines here -Regalia- jewelry store -Promenade cafe- sells pastries, sandwiches, expresso, lattes etc ( I believe the food is free but the coffee and stuff is extra -Cupcake Cupboard- sells cupcakes $2.50 each and soft drinks -Globe & Atlas- this is pub style bar -Royal Port Merchants- sells alcohol by the bottle -Solera- sells perfume -The Shop- sells T shirts, souvenir -On Air- I think this is intended to be a sports bar (yes sports fans they did air the football games), karoke was also here sometimes -Champagne Bar- I loved the elegant design of this bar but it was frequently empty -Willow- sells clothes, sunglasses, purses -Focus- sells cameras and camera supplies, upstairs Focus continues as the place to view your photos -Sorrento's (free)- pizza. (Even create your own pizza, where you can pick your toppings and they bake it your way. -A caricature stand- to have an artist draw caricatures from a photo $45+ -Prince and Greene- I believe I saw clothes here too. -Boleros- a Latin club/bar Central Park- this is a relaxing, park like setting. It is beautiful when it is lit up at night. Most of the fee restaurants are here. -Coach- sells the infamous Coach handbags -Parkside Gallery- an art gallery -Picture This- a photography studio similar to Olan Mills etc -Park Cafe- (free) a nice place to eat Panini's, soups and salads. The salad bar is kind of like Doc Greens where you pick your toppings and they toss it right in front of you. -Chops Grille ($25pp) - steakhouse -150 Central Park- ($35pp) I'm not sure how this one would be classified, there is a variety of food here but it is definitely upscale. -Giovanni's Table- ($15pp) an Italian restaurant (similar to Portifino's but the menu was different) -Vintages- It appeared to be a wine bar, but I rarely saw anyone in it Dining Areas- We had 1st seating. I thought the food was pretty good, especially considering the volume of the food that was being prepared. Given all of the eating venues to choose from, the dining room was very full most evenings. We ate there every evening. There were tables of all sizes. I saw quite a few tables for 2. We were seated at a table for 4. There were also many 6 and 8 person tables. We had every breakfast in the Windjammer. It took a few minutes to locate a table each time we went there. It was typical breakfast fare. There was always a line for the omelet/cook to order eggs. Don't be fooled if you just see a few people standing there. They give you a number and take your order. There are often many more orders being processed than there are people waiting. One day I stood for 15 minutes, just waiting to have my order taken. Then there were still 10 orders waiting to be cooked in front of mine. It was chaos. There were 3 people back there cooking, scrambling to fix orders and them tell them apart once the owner returned to retrieve them. I gave up and went to eat something else. I did finally get an omelet later in the week. It was good, but probably not worth the time it took to get it. I had a terrific burger in Johnny Rockets. It's classic Johnny Rockets food though, same as the Voyager class. I loved the seafood shack. It has a great, open air by the beach sort of feeling. You pick 3 options from the menu for $8.95. I chose to have 2 appetizers and an entrEe rather than have desert. It was good. I really wanted to get back there because there were so many things on the menu I wanted to try. I simply ran out of time. There was a short wait when we arrived. We were given a pager, just like the land based restaurants and within a few minutes a table opened up for us. (Note to parents- I was not charged for my 2yr old) We also ate at Sorrento's. Once you have pizza on Princess you are spoiled. Every other line is 2nd rate. It was decent pizza, IMO better than the other RCL ships. I also found the create-your-own pies were better, since they were hot and fresh from the oven. Park cafe- I had a great Panini and custom topped salad here. It was pretty crowded whenever it was open. It made me miss Carnival though, because IMO they have the best deli area. I also ate at the Cupcake Cupboard. This was such an average cupcake it is hardly worth mentioning. I had the red velvet one. I've had far better cupcakes from Publix. Sure they are cuter and have different varieties but I didn't think it was very good. There were seldom more than a few people here either. There are better desserts at the other eating venues. The Donut Shop- I'm glad this was free, because it was the same donut found up in the Windjammer. Service - I was satisfied with the service. It was on par with my other RCL cruises. There were some mishaps on this sailing, but nothing bad enough to really sour my experience. Glitches - There were certainly some. If you sail on any cruise and don't expect any you need to reevaluate your expectations. Particularly if you choose a maiden voyage, you should expect some glitches. It will be interesting to see how many of these get fixed for future sailings. 1. We were in 1st seating originally and mistakenly switched to 2nd seating. We didn't have any drama switching back to first but there were a lot people who experienced this. 2. The first night in the dining room was a bit chaotic. There were no staff members standing at the door when we arrived. Some passengers arrived and just stood and waited, others begin wandering the very large dining room looking for their tables. It was a mess. The staff looked flustered too, it took 10—15 minutes before we were even greeted by our assistant waiter and needless to say that dinner that first night was very slow. 3. Long waits for omelet's/cooked to order eggs 4. Guest services frequently had long lines. It's to be expected I guess with so many passengers, but still. I think this will get better for subsequent cruisers particularly as people become educated on how many things they can do on the interactive TV's in their staterooms. 5. Some activities weren't publicized well. We read the compasses but still didn't know about the 1st parade until they announced it on the PA system fifteen minutes before. There was also at least one time when the compass was revised and reprinted 6. Cancelled shows- We knew before sailing that "Come Fly with Me" was not going to be shown. However, we were scheduled for the Aqua Theater show the first afternoon and that was cancelled too. When they rescheduled it, it was ½ hour before formal dinner night. Most people are getting ready to eat then. 7. Late compasses- We didn't get the night before. We got them early in the morning. On a ship with as much to do as the Oasis we would have liked to highlight and plan the next days activities the night before. If you are the kind of cruiser who is easily upset by little things, maiden voyages are not for you. We aren't. It didn't affect our overall cruising experience at all, but you should be aware that some kinks need to be worked out. Pt III Entertainment/Shipboard Activities - Wow! That's all I can say. Until the Voyager class, I preferred Carnival's "never a dull moment" approach to cruising. RCL surpasses that with this vessel. There were so many activities. Some of them were offered at the same time and I was conflicted and forced to choose. I also left some activities early so I could catch a little bit of each. Hindsight, I'm not sure I like the idea of booking shows pre-cruise. Without the benefit of the Cruise Compass, I unknowingly chose times that I wouldn't have if I had seen the Compasses first. The Aqua show was so cool. It was a mixture of synchronized swimming, acrobatics, diving and a water fountain display choreographed to music, similar to the Bellagio in Las Vegas. It was shorter than I expected though, lasting only about a half hour. The Ice Show was incredible! I saw the Ice shows on both the Adventure and the Mariner and this show was even better. They were a series of treasured childhood stories set to ice. As though it couldn't get more magical, there was an artist, (I believe she used sand) who told a story through sand art. It was moving. I didn't care much for Hairspray. I left after the first 30 minutes. It wasn't that the show was bad as much there were better things to do. There were many people who liked it though. I was really impressed with the family festivals on the boardwalk. We rode the carousel more times than I could count. There was a band, steel drums that the kids could play with and tons of games for little people like ring tosses, face painting etc. It was a kids' fantasy. My DD loved this area soooo much. There were also wooden boat, car and bus that the kids could climb in and pretend to drive. Every time we left this area DD cried. All that was missing was a clown or magician some cotton candy and popcorn. The interactive Lego game wasn't working yet but I think that too will be fun for the little ones. I skipped the Freedom Class ships so the flow rider was new to me. I loved it. I made the mistake of trying it for the first time on the last day. It was about a 30minute wait in the broiling sun. I wiped out nearly the second they let go of my hands but boy was it soooo much fun. If I tried this the first day, I would have returned again and again. I also tried the zipline. I'm not a risk taker type person so it took a lot for me to try this. I was terrified, before, during and after. I think I stopped shaking about 10 minutes after I got off. I will likely not do it again, but I'm glad I had the experience. I will say that RCL took many safety precautions. That did offer me some comfort. We tried the mini-golf. They had a kiddie course right next to the regular course. DD enjoyed playing golf too. Beyond that we did bits of Jazz at the Jazz club, Karoke at On-Air, I went by the scrapbooking and my mom went to the jewelry class. We rode the Carousel, spent a few moments in the casino. We went to Blaze on family night, went to a spa seminar, shopped, poolside music, went to the puppet show, I was disappointed that they didn't do the Cupcake decorating that I read about. When I asked they said it was only on the 7 day sailings. Adventure Ocean- The kids' facilities were exceptional. They had an arts and crafts room, a science center, their own theater. The kids seemed to genuinely be enjoying themselves. I peeked in the windows a few times to see what the older kids were doing but I primarily participated in the Royal tots. Royal Tots- Usually the under 3 group is a forgotten bunch, but not on this ship. Even though her activities I went to Royal Tots too on the embarkation day. I was told I had 7hrs that they would hold for me until 8pm on Day 2. Any hours that I hadn't scheduled would be released to other cruisers. There was nursery sitting for $8 an hr. There was also in cabin baby- sitting ranging in price from $10-$15 per hr. I did not use this to see if there was any truth to it. I wouldn't feel comfortable with that. I didn't encounter any parents who used the in cabin services, but I did talk to a few who used the in-nursery baby-sitting services. They were very pleased with the care given. I did go the Royal Tots room several times. (I checked out toys periodically.) I saw Barney videos and other such cartoons as well as lots of fisher price toys, life- size foam blocks (which my daughter loved) books, stack-em toys, shape sorters and the like. My criticism would be that the toys looked appropriate for the under 18 mos crowd, but the the 18-36 mos crowd might be bored with the activities that I saw. I didn't see the kinds of toys out that my daughter (she will be 3 in Feb) frequently enjoys. One praise- is that I did witness them cleaning the toys with a bleach water solution at the end of the session. They said they do that at the end of each session, since they know this group places many things into their mouths. The final thing that I would add is that I did attend the playgroup for the 18-36 mos crew. Those toys were much more appropriate. However, the playgroups were in a different room than the nursery and I'm not sure if they drag them over when in the baby sitting service. There were tons of the battery operated cars, jeeps etc but they had no batteries. I will also say that the parades, puppet show, family festivals, boardwalk activities, carousel, toddler golf course provided phenomenal experiences for this group. My daughter is still saying "Ship mommy, ship". I guess she doesn't realize we can't sail every day. She absolutely loved the cruise and there were so many things for this age group to do. I even utilized the Baby Splash Zone for the un-potty trained crew. They checked for diapers (I was even asked once if she was wearing on as her swimsuit covered it). There was an attendant watching for the crossover kids. I am so impressed by the level of activity for this group that is largely ignored. A note about specialty dining- When I inquired onboard, Chops, 150 Central Park, Giovanni's Table, Izumi, Chef's Table and Solarium Bistro (the others kids were allowed) were all for 13 and older. Prior to the cruise some of the postings we read on RCL's website and at CC led us to believe that you could dine here before 7pm with the 13-under crowd. When I spoke with the reservation staff this was not the case. 13 and over period. If you press them you can get past this. I spoke with management at guest services and they called over for me. I was interested in Giovanni's at the time. They said to call Giovanni's and tell them that I spoke with Guest Services and I would be allowed to book. I never did. I just wanted to see if they would allow it. So, it seems like you will need to be persistent if you would like to dine in these places with the little ones. It will be interesting to see what others with small kids were told onboard???? Labadee- Personally if I had my way, I'd rather go to nearly all other ports of call before I would choose Labadee. That said, they have made dramatic improvements since the last time I visited. The most obvious change was the ability to dock. Tendering would have been a nightmare with so many guests. There are more vendors there now. (The pressure to buy was almost as strong as Ocho Rios and the Nassau braiders. They have a tram to ride to many portions of the Labadee. Which is good idea. Of course they have their own zipline and roller coaster. There was also an Adventure Ocean waterplay area for the kids which I thought was a really good idea. There were several open air areas to eat. They all had the same menu but it was definitely necessary to split the cruisers rather than to try to feed us in one area. There is probably more but I am all reviewed out. Feel free to ask questions... Other comments: I read somewhere on this board that there were no public computers onboard. There were. They were in the card room. There were only a few though. This is probably because there are keyboards in all of the staterooms. You can have internet access directly in your cabin regardless of whether you bring your own laptop. Here is the link to the Adventure Ocean and Royal Tots schedules http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailsh...NAME=snapfish/ Here is the link to the cruise compasses http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailsh...NAME=snapfish/ Spa and fitness menus.............. http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailsh...NAME=snapfish/ Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
Sitting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport after just disembarking Oasis of the Seas 4 Night Labadee trip..... More later, but here are a few things you will like to know.... The ship is definitely extremely impressive, R.C. got it right ... Read More
Sitting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport after just disembarking Oasis of the Seas 4 Night Labadee trip..... More later, but here are a few things you will like to know.... The ship is definitely extremely impressive, R.C. got it right with this one...the different neighborhoods are all beautiful...Very nicely organized, easy to find your way around, lots and lots to do on this ship....not enough time in 4 nights to take advantage of everything..... The food was pretty good, however the 1st nights dinner was probably one of the best on the ship...unfortunately we missed the lobster evening as it was our anniversary we chose one of the many many "pay for chew" restaurants....this ships capacity is 6100, and we were glad that they only had 4800 on this 1st cruise, I can't imagine that many people in the cafeteria, as it was pretty crowded with just our group....I was a little disappointed over all the pay restaurants, I have a feeling this is where they are headed eventually with every meal being a fee, except perhaps the cafeteria and the main dinner area. The service was awesome, the staff was very helpful and very friendly (as most cruises with R.C.) Our cabin was very spacious and had lots of room for all clothing, etc. This was our 1st cruise as Diamond members and I was a little annoyed that we were not able to use the official Diamond club Member lounge as this is not only available for Diamond Plus and Suite members...however we were offered free cocktails nightly in the Blaze located on the 4th level....Our room was on the 11th floor as is the Diamond Club, however we were able to use it for reservations and coffee in the morning. I definitely DID NOT like the fact that you have to reserve EVERYTHING!!!!! and i do mean EVERYTHING....every show, including the nightly one that cruisers are use to attending before or after dinner. A lot of cruisers had already reserved a lot before entering the ship...definitely the way to do it...even all the "pay per chew" restaurants were booked before the ship set sail, we were lucky enough to get into the Italian Restaurant, thanks to the very nice man making the reservations....Glad we used the concierge to make our reservations 1st think on the ship...for all the shows.....ALL THE SHOWS!!!!! The ship is amazingly beautiful....as soon as we entered we were handed a complimentary champagne and or wine....which was a very nice surprise coming from R.C. The Sorrento's Pizza was also up and running as were the main cafeteria, however we couldn't not enter our rooms until 1:00, boarding was a piece of cake as was our disembarkment.. Very easy to find your way around this beautiful ship...maps everywhere...I was surprised just how many people were staying on for the 1st 7 day trip..we definitely wished we were one of them... I would recommend this ship to anyone, however definitely to 1st time cruisers, especially any one who complains about "sea sickness"...this ship is solid as can be and there was very very little movement on this ship...I kept reminding myself we were at sea.... All the shows were spectacular...Hairspray was amazing, except for the screaming child sitting behind us and the inconsiderate foreigns talking throughout most of the show.....grrrrrr....The Agua show and the Ice Shows were equally amazing.... I will post some pictures of this beautiful ship when i get back home....enjoy my fellow "floaters".... Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
'Midnight on the Oasis' ~ My Inaugural Cruise Review This was my Lucky 13th cruise on RCI and my second inaugural sailing. The other one being Freedom of the Seas in 2006. I am going to use a rating system of 1 - 5 ... Read More
'Midnight on the Oasis' ~ My Inaugural Cruise Review This was my Lucky 13th cruise on RCI and my second inaugural sailing. The other one being Freedom of the Seas in 2006. I am going to use a rating system of 1 - 5 WOW's 5 being highest :) Embarkation ~ 5 WOW's ~ as we approached the pier by taxi from a distance Oasis did not appear overly large. It was not until we got closer up that her massive size became apparant especially her width. Her baby blue hull also sets her apart from the other RCI ships. We arrived at the pier about 10:20 am anxious to begin our turn on Oasis. Dropped off bags with the friendly and upbeat porters. That 15 minutes from curb to check in was true in our case. By 10:35 am we were all checked in, seapass photo taken at the check in desk and with our yellow souvenir Inaugural Season bag in hand we made our way to the Diamond/D+ waiting area. The check in agent was friendly and helpful. This is where things got a bit slow. With over 500 B2B cruisers from the Dec 1 sailing they were waiting to find some people that had not gotten off. About 12:10 or so the B2B'rs made their way back onto the ship followed by Suite guests and then about 12:30 Diamond and D+ guests. Were on the ship about 12:35 pm We entered on Deck 5 at the Rising Tide Bar that was up on Deck 8 but they had the water and light show going. We were greeted with glasses of champagne. Many of the Dec 1 cruisers were there to greet us as we walked beneath the archway of brightly coloured balloons. First Impressions ~ 5+ WOWs ~ This ship is such a beauty. We walked and checked out the promenade first running into past cruising friends and new ones. There were a lot of press on day passes on this day. With pink boas around our necks we were approached by our first press and asked if they could interview us. It was Inside Edition and we did make a clip on the show on the Monday evening. We proceeded to make our way to the Boardwalk area. There we said hello to Ken Rush who was being interviewed. We checked out the Aqua Theatre and we were approached by another news team who asked if they could interview myself and friend Janice. He told us he was with Australian news. Since my daughter is married to an Aussie I asked him where in Australia and he said Sydney News. I told him about my connection with Sydney and he seemed happy to have found two people who had actually visited his part of the world. He said we would be on the 6 pm news in Sydney that night so I had to rush to send off an email to my daughter so she would catch it and she did. That was cool and a special memory for me on the ship. The ship was carrying about 3700 passengers as reported by Captain Bill and was nicely decorated for Christmas with garland, Christmas trees and poinsettias. Cabins ~ 3 WOW's ~ I was in a D4 Oceanview balcony cabin deck 6. cabin 6570. They are definitely smaller than the other balcony cabins on the other ships. It appears to have less storage space although I managed to find a place for everything without too much effort. Shelving in the closet appears much deeper although the safe is smaller. Deck 6 cabins (some of them) are right above the lifeboats. When standing at the railing you do not look directly at the water like the hump cabins do. This might bother some but it did not for us If you are sitting on the balcony you do not see the lifeboats.We never sat on the balcony once this cruise..just too much to see and do. The major difference is the configuration of the cabins. The balconies either have the bed located by the closet or by the window. Ours was by the closet and if my DH was sitting on the bed his knees almost touched the closet. Not much walking space there. We did do a cabin crawl and I personally liked the bed by the window configuration better. The bed was very comfortable. Not sure if there is a way when you are booking to know what configuration you have. Many would write about how they loved their cabin to be near the elevators to eliminate walking. I found out how important that is. This was the first time I had a cabin so close to the elevators/staircase and on this ship saw the advantage of that. With only two sets of elevators one very forward and one aft if you have a cabin in between you have a long way to walk. Now walking is good to burn off those extra calories but it also takes extra time so if you want to see as much of the ship as you can in 7 days those extra minutes come in handy :) LOL Deck 6 I found was a good location as one flight down to Promenade still a great place to hang out in and two walkable flights up to Central Park with more venues to grab a drink or bit to eat. Also for any Diamond or D+ members my cabin was just around the corner from the Diamond Club. Vitality Spa and Fitness Centre was right at the stairwell so close by for those that like to visit this area. It always smelled so nice at that stairwell cause of the spa . You have a computer keyboard in the cabin to use on the tv to access internet. We tried to use it but was unable to all cruise long. Had to go to the very small area on deck 7 all the way forward just off the elevators to use a computer terminal. I thought that internet access/speed was much better than I have experienced on other RCI ships. Diamonds in December Event ~ 5 WOW's RCI had announced not long before the cruise that they would be holding special events and special gifts for the inaugural sailing and the other sailings in December. They did well on this one. They did much better than the Freedom inaugural where they dropped the ball on that one with no special recognition. They had a list of special sailings where you could choose on a 7 day cruise either $300 balcony discount or up to triple onboard credit (max $600 per stateroom) on these select sailings. Loyalty Ambassador was very busy and were doing bookings as late as 10 pm the last night onboard. Some of the gifts we received were commenorative bottle of champagne, commemorative coin, inaugural fleece blanket, pens, Savor Cookbook, Artbook and Cruise in Review DVD and tote bags. The repeaters party was held on one evening at 5:15pm in the Opal Theatre for all Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Diamond Plus members Staff ~ 5 WOW's Some of the best staff I have experienced on a RCI ship. Very friendly, eager to please and serve. One of the best room steward and waiter I have had in a long time on RCI. Great Guest Services staff especially Hayley who helped me out a few times. Ken Rush and his staff do a great job. They sure have their work cutout for them on this ship with so much going on. Quest for instance was at 12 midnight. At midnight Ken asked everyone to stand a raise their glass and to take a moment to celebrate with family and new friends on the incredible time you have had...to life :) thus Midnight on the Oasis Entertainment ~ 5+ WOWS Without a doubt in my mind some of the very best entertainment I have enjoyed. The entertainers are top notch from the amazing divers, skaters, singers and aerealists. Aqua Theatre show took my breath away with the high dives. We were lucky and the show we watched went on schedule. Some were canceled because of technical difficulties. Hairspray totally enjoyable and very professional. We were the first audience to see the full Come Fly with Me show. I was very impressed with this production show especially the special effects. Best ice skating show I have seen on RCI ships. I had pre booked my entertainment and had no problem when I showed up and they scanned my seapass card. We noticed that if you did not have a reservation a few minutes before the show they would allow those without reservations to enter. There is a desk/box office to book onboard in the Royal Promenade. I only saw the one parade Lollapolooza parade on the last day at 12 noon. It was a fantastic parade full of colour and fun music. Best spot for watching this is in front of Focus the photography shop or Sorrentos. Dining Venues ~ 3.5 WOWS I dined main seating in Opus Dining room deck 3. The food was excellent some nights and just okay other nights. I did find though that it was always hot and we were served quickly. We dined in the main dining room on 5 evenings and did not see any singing or parades by the wait staff. The wine dispensing machines were only available on deck 4 & 5. I liked the idea of small bar areas as you enter the main dining rooms. We tried Johnny Rockets twice for breakfast and this is complimentary. It was good with a nice menu made to order and served to you. We ate outside on the Boardwalk both times. I do not think people realized it was a comp breakfast and there was hardly anyone there so it was a quick and relaxing place for breakfast. We did not even get to the Windjammer Marketplace until Day 5. We had breakfast there and found a great spot looking aft right out to the Aqua Theatre and breakfast was good and we were served our juice and coffee table side very quickly. I actually like the Windjammer Marketplace. If you go all the way aft in the seating area you will be away from the hectic food serving area. Our first morning we went to the Solarium Bistro for breakfast with lots of healthy choices like turkey bacon, sausage, granola and fresh fruit. Very peaceful and quiet area to enjoy breakfast. One of our favourites was the Park Cafe in Central Park..on recommendations from friends Tobi and Phil we tried the delicious roast beef sandwich. We went twice to enjoy this and also they have a great salad bar that they will toss the ingredients for you. Did see a few RCI employees including Adam Goldstein having his lunch there. Great place. Of course enjoyed a slice of pizza at Sorrentos and the made to order pizzas looked very good as well. Sandwiches from Cafe Promenade and Mondo Cafe were fresh and good for a light lunch. The Cupcake Cupboard was one busy place and I enjoyed some Red Velvet Cupcakes that a friend sent to the cabin as an onboard gift. I also went and tried a Turtles cupcake which was so yummy. They were also running a cupcake making class and had a friend do that and made a cupcake that looked like a hamburger and fries and saw one class making a lion cupcake. Not sure of the price but I thought it was about $10. but don't quite me. We dined at Giovanni's table and I was disappointed in parts of it. We had received a bottle of wine from my travel agent in the cabin. We decided to bring it to the restaurant and fully expected a corkage charge. The waitress was not sure how to proceed so she went to the manager to question him. He came over to our table and in an accusatory voice asked us how we managed to bring a bottle of wine from home. He said that it is not allowed and we should not have done that. I told him that I am well aware of the rules and we would not do that and that the wine was a gift from their wine selection for us from a TA. He then said he would have to charge us a corkage fee of $12.00 The menu is served family style here. We selected the antipasto plate, focaccia bread and a caesar salad. There were 3 of us dining. We then chose two pastas to share and both of these courses were very good. I chose the garlicky shrimp which was very mushy and the potatoes undercooked. When asked how our meal was I did tell the waitress but she basically said nothing...onto dessert.. DH picked the best IMO the tiramisu. We dined inside the restaurant not outside and found it very noisy and difficult to have a conversation and very dark. We all had trouble reading the menu in fact we watch a gentlemen stand up and go to the brightly lit hall by the kitchen to read his menu. As we left the restaurant the manager was at the front desk and did not even lift his head to say goodbye, or hope your meal was good and /or thanks for coming. I will chock it up to inaugural glitches to work through but this manager did not impress me at all with his impersonal style. This is the point that I really missed Portofino and the reason I only gave dining a 3.5 WOW Chef's Table ~ 3.5 WOW Not something for everyone. First the cost is $75.00 per person which includes wine pairings along with a signed cookbook from the Chef and an apron. It is a multi course dinner paired with 4 wines including a dessert wine. I have the menu list if anyone is interested but I am sure the menu changes. This venue seats only 14 people at a large table and has to be reserved ahead of time.I managed to email the Specialty Dining at RCI and got a reservation for Day 4 of the cruise. It was confirmed via email and of course I brought the hard copy with me. When I was on the ship I went to Guest Relations for another matter and asked about the Chef's Table and if I simply show up at 7:30pm at the Concierge Club. She checked for me and a good thing she did cause they were not showing me with a reservation. I went to get the confirmation I had and it was taken care of. I received the invite in the cabin and it said to meet in the Library at 7:15pm. The sommelier came to meet us and asked us what we would like to drink and then we were escorted into the Concierge Club to the second level up the winding staircase. A very nice venue. The table is set for 14 and has a very interesting piece of artwork over the table that also doubles as the chandelier. It has forks, knives and spoons on the fixture. The sommelier comes out to the head of the table to tell us about the wines he is about to serve. The chef also does this to explain the different courses and how he has prepared them. The dinner was very good. I am not sure if it is worth the $150. I have done other similar dinners one was a Savor Lunch on Explorer which was in my opinion the best out of the 3 I have done. I also tried the wine pairing dinner in Portofino on Mariner this past April. I just found the experience a bit too formal. Glad I tried it though and so far my favourite has been the Savor Luncheon on Explorer in Portofino. I think you are better off to dine at 150 Central Park and order a couple of bottles of wines that you like. There was another couple who had booked it and their name was not on the list so I think they are still working out the kinks as far as bookings go for this. New Things ~ 5 WOWS Of course the wayfinding is a great feature. This touch screen not only can help you find your way to your cabin but to a venue, shows the compass and also the availability of restaurants telling you how full they are at the moment. Also loved the new Photo section and the way to claim all the photos on board. On your seapass card is a photo #. They have about 26 or so towers and a binder in that tower that is your binder and it is indicated on the seapass card. They use photo recognition to print out the photos and simply slot your photo into the binder. No searching for hours for photos. They did have a few photos on the wall to look through like the zipline photos since you have a helmet on and you must take all eyewear off and all jewelery when ziplining. Some of our photos ended up in our friend's binder. When we boarded we took a group photo so I am thinking that is how it got slotted into their binder. You can also view your photos on the computer screen by swiping your card. Very good idea and saves more precious time so you can see more of this amazing ship. On the TV in your cabin you can also view your calendar as to what you have booked for a certain evening and of course the usual your seapass account. Live the Oasis GAme show is a new game show and you get to solve clues and play the game. You are tested on trivia and your knowledge about the Oasis and learn insider secrets. They sell a Live the Oasis guide book which helps you explore the ship. Live the Oasis is a brand new activity that helps you explore the ship, solve clues and enter the game show on the last day. I just bought the book full of facts about the ship as a souvenir. They are sold at On Air Live in the Royal Promenade just before 10;30am. Ports of Call/Itinerary ~ 4 WOW's Did not like that the last day on the ship was a port day. We did not arrive into Nassau until 1pm and sailed at 7pm. This meant that I spent a couple of hours doing some packing in the morning. It also means that if you have not purchased souvenirs and gifts by now the shops are closed during the time in port. It meant alot of last minute stuff for passengers to do in the evening hours. St Thomas was a good day as we decided after some research to check out a different place. Having been to St Thomas numerous times we took a ferry to Water Island the smallest of the USVI. Since we were docked at Crown Bay the marina to take this ferry is a 5 minute walk away and the ferry ride is $10. return pp. We rode over with awesome view os Oasis from the water. We then walked to Honeymoon Beach about a 10 minute walk. The water there was so calm and warm and crystal clear. It was a very enjoyable 3 hours. Here is a link http://www.vinow.com/waterisland/ Also here is video of what it looks like http://www.jxym.com/node/1062 I had a very interesting experience in St Maarten. As I got off the water taxi in the centre of Philipsburg I was greeted by a local school boy in uniform asking if I was on the Oasis of the Seas. I told him I was and then the rest of his grade 6 classmates with paper and pen in hand ready to ask me all about the amazing Oasis of the Seas. They wanted to know what there was to do and when I started to mention surfing and ziplining they just ooohed and aaahed. They took notes and I stood with them all around me asking questions for about 10- 15 minutes. The 3 teachers were with them and then they asked if they could look at photos on my camera. I asked for their emails and I plan on sending them some interior shots of the ship. Many expressed a desire to go on such a ship. Their last request was to have me take a photo of the whole class with the Oasis of the Seas in the background. What a delightful experience and a wonderful memory I will take with me. Their smiling faces and enthusiasm was contagious. I wanted to take each of them with me to show them the ship in person. Disembarkation ~ 5 WOW's you now disembark by numbers not colours. I happened to get #58 one of the last numbers to be called. My flight was not until 1:30pm out of FLL. I watched from my balcony many cruisers using the Express departure and I could see them leaving at 6:15am. My number was called at 8:50 and in 25 minutes I had left the ship, collected my luggage and was in the shuttle on my way to the airport. The luggage is now piled under the number sign in the terminal. After you have collected your luggage you line up in between the yellow divider tape and realized as NON US citizens we could stay to the left and walk right on through to special agents for the non US citizens. The signage in this new terminal is very good in pointing out which way to go for shuttles, taxis. It was a breeze for us. Lots of direction too when you got outside. Some random thoughts & things I wrote down ~ Casino has non smoking sections. Also only bar in the Royal Promenade that had smoking from what I could see was Boleros. ~ only one zipline per cruiser (for the time being) best to sign up for you time early in the cruise Yes I tried the zipline and it was a blast :) ~ as a Canadian I highlighted my Setsail pass to have my credit card company do the conversion and for the very first time in all my cruises they got it right....yippeee ~ Security in St Maarten did not allow my husband to bring his half empty water bottle back on the ship. He either had to drink the rest of it or get rid of the bottle. Many security check points and were asked 4 times to see our seapass card. The only time we were asked for photo ID was in Nassau. ~ Beach pool had salt water and the rest had fresh water. ~ you have to check out the cantilevered hot tubs...loved those ~ okay for you Henry lovers..he is alive and well and living on Oasis ~ ride on the carousel was enjoyed. ~ no issues with crowds and lots of availability of deck chairs. I am sailing on a B2B in October on this incredible ship and happy I will have a second chance to check out all the things I did not get a chance to experience. I will be in a Boardwalk balcony close to the aft. I still liked the Royal Promenade the best followed closely by Central Park. Central Park was so nice and quiet and serene. Many times I asked the older more experienced and mature cruisers who perhaps had been cruising for decades how they liked this ship. All of them said they loved it not one of them saying it was too big or did not have a ship feel to it. This surprised me and is testament to the innovation and the amazing things RCI has put on this ship. No crowds and yes we were not at full capacity so will be paying attention to that on my October sailing which is almost sold out. That will be a good comparison. I never said WOW so many times in my whole life as I made my way around this ship. Well done RCI If you have any other questions just ask away. I am more than happy to answer them. To those going on Oasis in the coming months I hope you have as good a time on this beauty as I did Happy Cruising :) Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Every Christmas we take a trip somewhere nice, after staying at some of the nicest resorts in the Caribbean and Hawaii, I caught a special on Fox News about the Oasis of the Seas and decided to book the December 19 Christmas cruise. (I am ... Read More
Every Christmas we take a trip somewhere nice, after staying at some of the nicest resorts in the Caribbean and Hawaii, I caught a special on Fox News about the Oasis of the Seas and decided to book the December 19 Christmas cruise. (I am so glad we did). My review is as follows: We arrived in Ft Lauderdale at 10:00am on Spirit Airlines, the first thing I noticed was that RC had the shuttle service available at that terminal even though it did not mention it on their website which is where we booked the cruise. We decided to take a taxi to the ship it cost $20 with tip the RC shuttle would have been $30. We were there 30 minutes quicker than the shuttle anyway. The check-in was smooth as silk, we were taken upstairs and expected that we were going to have to wait for a while, nope, we were allowed to board at 11:00am. After you walk up the gangway you enter the Promenade, first impression was WOW what an incredibly beautiful ship. Kinda like walking into a mall. We were not allowed into our cabin until 1:00pm so we did some exploring of the upper decks. The solarium was going to be home for us while cruising. First night we had dinner in the main dining room we had My Time Dining which was very nice, just walk up and eat, this was even better during the cruise as our schedule remained very flexible. Food in the main dining room was better than any of inclusives I have stayed. We ate there 3 times during the cruise, on lobster night my wife had two lobster entrees and I had prime rib and a lobster entree. Formal nights were on the second and 6th night. Our other dining experiences were at Chops Grill, now that was my favorite, the ribeye was the best I have had in quite a while. The other night we ate at the 150 Central Park the Signature restaurant, we had a very upscale 6 course dinner, it was very good along with the premium wine pairing, that's a lot of wine folks, so be prepared. We ate at most every other venue on the ship we could, my least favorite was the Windjammer, and favorites were the Seafood Shack, Johnny Rockets and the healthy buffet in the Solarium Bistro. The Cafe in Central Park is also very good, its best to mix up the food as it is different in every venue. Yes you pay a few more dollars at some of these restaurants but it is worth it, even had a cupcake, and they are as good as they look. Shows were all first class and very entertaining, Hairspray, Frozen in Time the Ice Show, Come Fly with Me, Oasis of Dreams. Comedy Club, DONT FORGET YOUR RESERVATIONS BEFORE YOU BOARD. The reason I say this is our cruise had about 3000 plus guests which was by design, I think when it is fully booked it may be harder to get a show. There is so much to do on the ship that you can do something different every hour, plus you will get plenty of exercise walking around this behemoth. It is very easy to get around and never had to wait on an elevator ever. Service was first class everywhere, better than any resort I have ever been to. We gambled every day and night and the slots were looser than most shore bases casinos, although I played Blackjack most of the time, even won the Blackjack tournament which cost you $20 to enter. Spa, cant say I enjoyed it, (LOL) my wife spent my life's savings getting treatment and services and when they add that tip it gets pricey in a hurry, watch out guys. Drinks, that was my specialty, Jack and Ginger, wine, Champagne Bar, pina coladas all were well made. Ports, well I had already been to all of them before so we only went ashore in Nassau for about 2 hours and about 4 hours in St. Thomas, longer in St. Maarten as the beach was right next to the ship. All in all Royal Caribbean has done a magnificent job with this ship, there was virtually no motion on the ship at all, my wife is very motion sensitive and she made it fine with her patches, but honestly you could not tell you were moving most of the time. This is a ship that you can spend the full seven days without ever leaving to go ashore. Every person we met said the same about this ship and on our cruise is was 50 diamond cruisers on-board. Life is what you make of it, and I would recommend this ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Expectations were high, but I have to say that this ship doesn't disappoint. I really think this ship is a first class engineering marvel. It doesn't have the glass of the Radiance class or the intimacy of the smaller ships, but ... Read More
Expectations were high, but I have to say that this ship doesn't disappoint. I really think this ship is a first class engineering marvel. It doesn't have the glass of the Radiance class or the intimacy of the smaller ships, but it surpasses any other cruise experience we have had. The ship is truly amazing, and worthy of the title "a destination in and of itself." DW & I sailed on the 4 night Labadee Extravaganza, and our overall experience was excellent. Royal Caribbean has really made tremendous efforts to control overcrowding, and I think for the most part, they have been successful. I didn't feel any more crowded on this ship than any other we've been on. In fact, embarkation and debarkation were a breeze -- probably the best we've ever had. You basically check in with no lines because there are so many counters and then just walk on the ship. Another effort to control over crowding was the pool areas. I wasn't sure that I was a fan of splitting up the pool areas, but after being on board I think it was genius. Parents with kids can hang out around the H20 zone. The Sports Pool, Main Pool, and Beach pool all feel like their own area, and there are deck chairs literally everywhere. There were only about 5000 pax onboard, but I never felt crowded at the pool, and if you're just wanting to lay in the sun (or the shade) there are options everywhere. Furthermore, the Solarium was a pleasant surprise. As it was one of the last areas to be completed, I didn't know that much about it going in, but it is truly a beautiful area. The ship is just so wide that it allows for plenty of space inside. There is a nice stream of water running throughout the Solarium, and there are three extra hot tubs in the Solarium, not counting the large cantilevered ones that are just outside the Solarium entrance. This area also includes a Bistro (actually enclosed by glass and air conditioned), and a second level where the bar is. Loved the Solarium, and while it wasn't completely covered, it was a big improvement over the Voyager/Freedom class Solarium IMHO. And while I'm on pools, the new towels are nice, and I actually think it was very convenient to "rent them out" with your seapass. There wasn't a line and they were happy to let you have more than one if you needed it. Of course, there is a $20 charge per towel if you don't return them, but we changed them out every time we went to the pool, and also when we went to Labadee. Speaking of using the Sea Pass. There is a concerted effort to make better use of the Sea Pass. Along with it's traditional uses, it is also scanned at the Muster Drill, at each show you've reserved, and it can even be scanned in the photo gallery and you can see all your pics on a computer monitor. (In most cases, we presented the card to the photographer.) As an additional note on crowd control, RCCL is to be commended for separating your photos for you into an individual folio so that all you have to do is look in your binder to see all your pics. Another effort to control crowds. The Muster Drill is fantastic. Instead of having a heat stroke standing beneath the life boats on the promenade deck, we sat comfortably in the theater and watched a safety video with all the same info you've heard in the past. A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT, and a big plus as far as I'm concerned. The ship is just fantastic. It exceeded our expectations in so many ways. Central Park was lovely, and a perfect spot to sit and have a drink in the evenings while listening to a violinist or guitarist. Boardwalk is a neat area with a lot to offer. The carousel is fun, and the aquatheater is brilliant. Not quite as big as I had imagined, but certainly large enough to hold the number of guests expected at each show. The Royal promenade is a gem, and while it is not quite the "heart of the ship" as on Freedom/Voyager class, it is still probably the most active area on board. There are just so many other similar spots that again, it keeps crowds down. Another effort the cruise line has made to keep crowds down is the reserving of shows. Now the system is not perfect yet, but overall it was a success. We booked online before sailing, but once onboard we saw other things we wanted to do which conflicted with the shows we had booked, so we went to switch a couple of dates. Be advised that as early as the morning of the first full day, all shows for the aquatheater were sold out and so we had to keep what we had. Also, we did not see the "full" show due to the lack of practice during the Atlantic crossing, but what we did see was impressive and the light show was very enjoyable as well. The ice skating show in Studio B was fabulous, and at least as good as the others we've seen on board, if not a little better. In one portion of the show, there is an amazing sand artist who will dazzle you with her abilities. I won't spoil the treat of getting to see her, but it really is a highlight of the show. The performance was top notch and very impressive. Not just a couple of jumps and a lot of skating around, mind you. There were some pretty challenging feats, and I personally thought it was the best show all week. The headliners were okay. We've certainly had better, but we've also had worse. Scott Record was pretty funny and the comedian from the first night with the duck was all right. Audience participation certainly made his show a lot better in my opinion. Hairspray was very good, and even though it was probably about an hour and half show, I enjoyed it most of the way through. It was an impressive production with some talented performers. The dining room was beautiful, and actually looked nicer in person than the pictures made it appear. The chandelier was really beautiful in person, and looked much nicer to me than in the photos I saw before sailing. Dinner was good, but not innovative. Every meal I had on board, I had had before. But they were good. The Mahi Mahi had changed a little bit, but it was basically the same. The fisherman's plate was good, but frankly, the grilled lobster on Labadee was much better, the Prime Rib was fantastic and I would have ordered it again if it were on the menu. Windjammer food was good, as was Johnny Rockets, Sorentos, and the various cafes we used. There were a few dishes that were excellent, and many that were very good. I guess the main result is that food quality didn't really suffer as a result of more passengers being on board. My wife's favorite was an egg salad roll they had in the Cafe Promenade the first day, but it was never served the rest of the cruise. Being able to dock at Labadee was a huge improvement, and again Kudos to RCI for helping with the crowd by spending the money to complete this endeavor. The pier wasn't even that long, and it was so nice to have the convenience of being able to go back and forth any time we wanted. While Labadee lost one of its beaches to the dock, it was worth the sacrifice. Not quite the island paradise I remembered with all the improvements but still a great stop and a nice beach day. It was even rockier than I remembered on the far side, but there was still a nice beach near where you used to tender in that was much easier on the feet. There was very little sensation of movement, and our stateroom accommodations were nice. We had an ocean view balcony, which was adequate. I had the option of booking any balcony we wanted, but I felt from the artist renderings and later everyone's photos that I wouldn't enjoy the lack of privacy. Seeing it in person makes this even more true. While walking above the boardwalk, you could easily see right into passengers' cabins if they didn't have the curtains pulled, and even if they did, you could see their balconies clearly. Now I'm no peeping tom, but it was hard not to notice, to be honest, and I would say that it's an exhibitionist's dream. Now I'm sure some people will love being able to overlook the Boardwalk, Central Park, etc, and will love this type of stateroom, but for me, I think I'll stick to an ocean view for the privacy. Without question it was a great cruise. My wife did the zip line, and enjoyed watching the Flowriders. The ship has a great deal to offer and it's design and layout make it very easy to navigate. It doesn't feel too big, and even waiting for an elevator is no worse than normal. That being said, there were minor problems including some technical glitches in some of the shows, and one set of lights on the Promenade that seemed to be hung in one mode and never changed with the rest of the lights. They got our reservations mixed up for our shows, and had to get approval to see our show on the last night. And the biggest thing for me personally was the dining room service. In the past, we have really enjoyed the experience of getting to know our waitstaff and interacting with them nightly. On this sailing, there was very little personal contact or interaction with them. They were very nice and very friendly and always got our orders right, but the personal touch simply was not there. I was really afraid that this was due to the size of the ship, but it did not appear that they were waiting on any more tables than normal. I know that the crew were "hand picked" for their experience and work ethic, but I was not overly impressed with them. An example is that each night our waiter was visibly taking notes, which was something we've never seen before. I'm not sure how much of this was still learning the new ship, but I overheard our Maitre 'd saying that this was their first time being waiters, and that they used to be galley workers. This fact surprised me, but explained a lot. I feel that our experience was probably personal, and may not have represented the service everyone else received. DW & I shared an intimate table for 2 by the window, and so this still made for a very special dining experience. I always go with a positive outlook, and I always take the best and try to ignore the worst, but this honestly was a great cruise. My wife even said one time that she thought this was "the greatest vacation ever," while sitting in a hammock on Labadee. While sitting in the hot tubs overlooking the ocean, it all came back to me why we love to cruise so much. There's just nothing else that we can do where you get so much for your money. We have to save and work pretty hard to get to go, and when we do it's nice to have such a rewarding experience for your hard work and sacrifice. Thank you Royal Caribbean. It would have been EASY to drop the ball on this one, but I think even the harshest critics would be impressed IF they would go with an open mind and not have a preconceived idea that they wouldn't like it. It may not be for everybody, but I don't think it's too big, and contrary to what some have said, it certainly felt like a cruise to me. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
Hi fellow cruisers. We just cruised on the Oasis of the Seas Dec.12th for 1 week and there is not enough room to write everything good about this experience. The food was so so. I have had a better selection on other Royal Caribbean ... Read More
Hi fellow cruisers. We just cruised on the Oasis of the Seas Dec.12th for 1 week and there is not enough room to write everything good about this experience. The food was so so. I have had a better selection on other Royal Caribbean ships. Windjammer was a little confusing with the circular stations. People were everywhere. I prefer the single line buffets better. Room was great with a spacious washroom, huge flat screen TV with access to your e-mail and all the activities on the ship. You can book everything from your room if you have not done it from home. I could go on about all the great things to do on this ship but I would suggest you all try it for yourself. I will mention that the entertainment is above excellent. I can't wait to return to her or Allure of the Seas. You really need 2 weeks to see and do it all. Don't forget to Zipline. Embarkation was true to their word. 15 minutes from curb to ship. Disembarkation was a longer and if you are American be prepared to wait in the huge line up at Customs. Luckily we are Canadian so had no line up. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
This cruise had a special meaning for us. Our 20th anniversary and my birthday all wrapped into one. We have been sailing with Royal Caribbean for many many years. And we have had good and not so good experiences. Well this one was ... Read More
This cruise had a special meaning for us. Our 20th anniversary and my birthday all wrapped into one. We have been sailing with Royal Caribbean for many many years. And we have had good and not so good experiences. Well this one was fantastic! Check in was awesome and fast. The waiting area was a bit disorganized but we were ok with that. Once we got on the ship we were taken aback. She was beautiful. Champagne there for us and music. We found our own way to our rooms, didn't need anyones help with that. The room was decorated for our anniversary. I was sooo excited. The room was nice sized, great shower, no leaking (lol). We were completely happy with our stateroom with a balcony. Our room attendant was always helpful never disappointed. Dinner was awesome, we had the 2nd dining time. Our waitress and asst. waitress were fantastic! The food was amazing. Never disappointed. We didn't see much of the entertainment. But hey, I really enjoyed The Nelson's tribute to Ricky Nelson. And the Aqua Theater Oasis of Dreams was just breathtaking. The back of the ship was NOT too windy and as I have read, my golf ball never blew away anywhere. Though, I wouldn't want to dive from those platforms. But that is just me. Hairspray was sooo fun. Ok sooooo all in all we had a fantastic time. Thank you Royal Caribbean for a special cruise on a special ship. We can't wait to come back! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Hi.. Let me start by stating we traveled with my 19 yr old daughter her 20yr old boyfriend and my son 17yrs. We also traveled with four friends of ours. We stayed at I believe it was the airport Ramada in Ft Lauderdale and we paid 10.00 a ... Read More
Hi.. Let me start by stating we traveled with my 19 yr old daughter her 20yr old boyfriend and my son 17yrs. We also traveled with four friends of ours. We stayed at I believe it was the airport Ramada in Ft Lauderdale and we paid 10.00 a day to leave our vehicle there and take the shuttle bus to the cruise. Embarkation had its issues first time I have ever had to wait an hour to board, but this will happen because it is a new ship. We got on the ship and I was in AWE. It was beautiful we found our rooms all cleaned and ready. Soon after we received our bags and its now time for muster drill. Which was the shortest most comfortable ever. We went to one of the theatre's and they had the info on TVs placed all over the theatre that was it. Our room was a balcony it was kinda small I thought for a balcony, the worst was the little bitty tiny sink. It was clean and the Bed was so comfortable I did not want to get out of it. All the spaces on the ship were nothing like I have seen. The shows Top Notch!! We did not do the pools we have a pool at home not a priority for us. Casino was the biggest I have ever seen half of the casino is smoking and half is non smoking. No smoking at the bar in the casino but you can smoke at the little tables by the bar. No cigar bar which I missed I love the smell of cigars, my husband loves to smoke cigars. You can smoke in a small corner of the Bolero Latin themed club. At the Schooner you can smoke at the bar only. At Blaze you can smoke in the corner feels like your in a dungeon. Dazzles upstairs towards the back only. Im not sure why so many non smokers complain there are many more non smoking areas than smoking. The restaurants on board were outstanding we ate at Chops great steaks. Giovanni's was great best tiramasu I have had. Central Park Cafe was my favorite made to order salads and sandwiches and wraps. They had a couple parties in the Royal promenade which were great. My 17yr old son stayed on the flowrider the whole time. We had paid for him to lessons the very first night we were on the ship and then he was hooked. My husband and my son and few other boys rented the flowrider for two hours, it was great. There were a couple things that were problems. We had 118,000 points on our RC Visa card and had received our coupons in the mail I copied them and mailed them into RCCL for 1250.00 OBC. I called before we left for the cruise and they had said they received them and we're on our account. When we got on the Boat only 300.00 was on our account They great lady Hayley at the pursers desk helped us it took a few days and 1250.00 finally showed up. BOA and RCCL need to get together and make this a user friendly program. The towels were a issue if you need a pool towel you have to check them out. The last night of the cruise my kids received a note that they did not turn a towel in. My son took it right down and checked it in and they still charged us 20.00 and 20.00 on my daughters account. One more thing was in St Maarten we had purchased a bottle of Huckleberry Liquor that is made on the island. When we came on the ship they took it and said they would return it the last night of the cruise. Not our first cruise so this was not a problem I knew they would take it away. However they did not return it and had no idea where it was. Other than the few issues I loved the Oasis of Seas and those few things will not and did not ruin a great cruise. We are looking into reserving Allure of the Seas Inaugural. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Maiden Voyage and observations OASIS of the SEAS The Oasis did not look as large as we expected as we approached the dock. We were in for a surprise after we boarded. RCL said we would only take 15 minutes from curbside to ship with the ... Read More
Maiden Voyage and observations OASIS of the SEAS The Oasis did not look as large as we expected as we approached the dock. We were in for a surprise after we boarded. RCL said we would only take 15 minutes from curbside to ship with the new boarding procedures. After about an hour of waiting in a large terminal, we finally were boarded. Seems that back-to-back passengers had to get off the ship before they could get back on make sense? Not really. As we boarded, we suddenly became like a kid in a candy store. We boarded on deck #5 which is the Promenade. There was so much to see and hear that we felt overwhelmed. The free champagne and rum punches helped to get us deeper into the mood of vacation. There was no-one available to take us to our stateroom. However, the interactive touch screens in the hall right next to the elevators gave great directions to your room and other venues of interest. Just touch and read. Our stateroom was a category C-2, Central Park Balcony. While it was a beautiful room, we missed seeing the ocean, after all we were on a cruise. The interactive TV in the room was a nice addition. It could show you any bookings you have made, whether they were shore-excursions or just dinner reservations. It helped to keep your schedule in order. We had the "my-time" dining option and had to pay our gratuities up front with the full passage price. We liked that since we no longer had to think about tipping. We did tip extra to our wait-staff for their excellent service. "Andung' and "Florin" helped make our trip memorable. Yes, you can ask for a certain table, certain waiters and certain times while on "my-time" dining. Our only disappointment was that on Lobster Night, we were not offered seconds on lobster tail. Oh well, maybe it was for the better what with all the other foods offered. We tried three of the six or so pools we found. Our favorite was the"beach pool" with its salt water. Be prepared to go to one of the pools to rest a bit after scouting our all the areas on board. The one problem we had at poolside was the "piped in music" we heard. It made us think we were in Motown rather than in the Caribbean. The live bands stayed with the Caribbean theme, but whoever is in charge of "canned" music had no idea where the ship was cruising. You may feel like a marathoner, the ship is so large. The pool for the High Dive and water show is another feat to marvel at. The depth can be changed by hydraulically moving the bottom. Of course, talking about the water show leads us to the other shows. Once you signed up for a reservation to a show, you were put into a computer. You had no ticket to hold. The Ice Show in Studio B, "Hairspray" in the theater, the comedy show, "Come Fly with Me" and so on was never sold out so you could easily get in if you forgot to reserve. Maybe this was so due to the ship not being completely full. We are not into partaking of the Flow Riders, the Rock Climbing Wall, the Zip Lines and such but we certainly did enjoy watching those who did use these facilities. The features at the Boardwalk were fun to see especially when there were activities for the kids. It seems that many of us became kids again. We saw as many adults on the Carousel as we saw lids. Everyone was having a Ball !! Basically, we had a great cruise. Were there any things we'd change? Of course. No one can ever please everyone all the time. What did we think was lacking or could be changed? Not Much! We certainly missed the chocolates on the pillow at night time. The only place to get a fast sandwich for lunch was on a lower deck dining area. We'd have liked to see sandwiches available in the "Windjammer Marketplace" ( the upper deck buffet ). I must admit that I still prefer the older way of having Lifeboat Drills. Watching a video does not do it !! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Normally I haven't liked the larger ships - too crowded, too impersonal, and as I stated before, the Radiance class was "just right". However, I must admit that I loved the Oasis. Tons of things to do, lots of food options, ... Read More
Normally I haven't liked the larger ships - too crowded, too impersonal, and as I stated before, the Radiance class was "just right". However, I must admit that I loved the Oasis. Tons of things to do, lots of food options, and I never felt crowded. Even the zip line and the flow-riders never were too busy. The crew had the scheduling of events almost down to a science. I especially liked the pre-booking of on-board activities, but that fits my personality where other who my want to fly by the seat of their pants may find that disturbing. Technically speaking, the Oasis was marvelous. From the beginning - Check in was great. As a diamond member, we were met outside of the check-in area and escorted to a separate area for priority check-in. There was a separate area for suite and diamond members, but we chose to mingle with the "Critter" group from CC. Once on board, we were greeted with champagne, and the promenade was so phenomenal, that we simply got lost in it all. I don't mean lost in the sense of not knowing where we were, the interactive maps outside of most elevators ensure that no one could get lost. What a technical advance over the other ships. NO LIFE JACKETS for the muster drill. We mustered in specific locations such as the Aqua Theater, or one of the cafes, and assuming you got there early enough, you could sit during a video presentation of emergency procedures. Event Scheduling - We had booked many of our on-board events prior to embarkation. Highly recommend that everyone plan to do that as well as many event booked up quickly. However, the event scheduling ON-BOARD was handled very efficiently. The nightclubs were used by the staff during the days to handle to reservation requests. Additionally, one could use the interactive TV to set up events. One drawback was when a show was canceled and you tried to reschedule it, the interactive TV thought that you had already attended or still had one scheduled for a future date. While on the interactive TV system, it was very convenient to be able to look at your personal schedule each day. Unfortunately, you could only ADD activities, not cancel them. On the Oasis, they changed the format of you daily compass. Now the compass had a separate afternoon and evening schedule. Again a nice feature. They also published on Day #1 a daily planner for the entire trip. This was great, especially if you wanted to plan your schedule so that you didn't miss a particular event such as the Quest or the Love & Marriage game. 5 Stars to event planning. Central Park - we had a cabin on the 8th deck and every evening my wife and I would stroll through the park. AWESOME. They even piped in some bird and cricket sounds. My DW doesn't want to stay on any other deck now. The only downside of Central Park is that some of the vegetation is not being maintained as well as it should. Many of the poinsettias were brown and needed pruning, but aside from that, the flowers and plants were lovely. Boardwalk - I yearn for one of the AquaTheater Suites. Their balconies are amazing, and the entire boardwalk area was fascinating. However, I understand that the ATS pale in comparison to even a Grand Suite insofar as the living space. The entertainment was the best I've seen on RCCL, though I must admit that the Nelson brothers were a little weak. "Hairspray" was super, the aqua show, though compressed due to equipment issues, was very good, and show "Come Fly With Me" was out of this world. Another plus was NO PARK WEST AUCTIONS. There was an art store on board, but that was very low key. Also BINGO was not over played either. All-in-all the cruise director's staff was great. However, the cruise director himself, Ken Rush, was very disappointing. Talk about a narcissistic personality - it was the "all about me show" anytime he was around. I'm glad he won't be on board when we sail on the Oasis again in April - yes we're sailing on her again. I do not recommend "My Time Dining" due to the fact that there are so many alternate food options, you almost feel that you're throwing your gratuities away. Out of the 12 days aboard, we only ate in the dining room 3 times. Rooms were a bit smaller. We were in a GS for the first 4 days, and then in a JS for the last 7. The GS was very nice, and the balcony was well appointed. Whereas the JS was very tight in the bath area and the balcony was bare. The room steward for the GS was great, but the steward for the JS was one of the worst we've had. As a side note, the service we received as a diamond member of the C&A Society was significantly different when we were in the GS as compared to when we were in the JS. While not quite a 2nd class citizen, I certainly felt that we were not given the level of attention that was warranted or expected when booking a suite while in the JS. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
OASIS OF THE SEAS Inaugural Cruise Back-to-back Dec. 1-12, 2009 by Mary & Vincent Finelli There is an old adage that goes something like this: It's not where you are going, but rather, how you get there. Well, in this case, the ... Read More
OASIS OF THE SEAS Inaugural Cruise Back-to-back Dec. 1-12, 2009 by Mary & Vincent Finelli There is an old adage that goes something like this: It's not where you are going, but rather, how you get there. Well, in this case, the Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has constructed the largest cruise ship afloat, which is a destination in itself. Its home Port Everglades of Ft. Lauderdale had to increase its Pier #18 in order to accommodate this behemoth, as did each of its destination ports. Her 225,282 gross tons, is an increase of more than 65,000 tons over the RCI Freedom Class. It is not just size that is important, but rather the fact that the Oasis has more outdoor space than any other cruise ship: a fact that makes sailing on her so different an experience from sailing on any other cruise ship. Her seven neighborhoods concept makes for a wonder of a cruise --- a vacation like no other. So much has been written in anticipation of the Oasis of the Seas Maiden Voyage, that this review will instead center on our personal experiences while cruising with Captain Bill Wright (a terrific Renaissance man) and our old friend Hotel Director Francois Wache` and the many new acquaintances we made. EMBARKATION We looked forward to Tuesday Dec.1st, 2009 for over a year, having booked this cruise on the first day available to Crown & Anchor Society Diamond Members. As physically challenged travellers, we knew that the ship size and number of passengers (over 5,000) could possibly create chaos. However, this was one of the simplest and most orderly boardings we have ever had. Crown &Anchor members and wheelchair passengers had special lines. Each Deck had a special check-in line, thus, cutting down on the waiting. We arrived in Port Everglades at 12:45pm and had curbside assistance with our luggage, wheelchair and scooter. We were on board and in our stateroom by 1:15pm. There were several venues for Welcome Aboard dining, but we chose the closest to our cabin #14166 portside: the Solarium Bistro on Deck 15 forward. Some good advice is to keep the Oasis Deck Plan handy, which is part of the Cruise Compass' Daily Planner, thank goodness! In the Bistro we had terrific assistance from Manager Melinda. At 4:00pm there was the mandatory Boat Drill which was totally painless: We took the elevator down to Deck 4 and the "On Air" studio, which is part of the Entertainment Place --- comfortably seated, we didn't even have to bring life jackets, since they are kept at the muster stations. We then returned to our stateroom to enjoy the sail away from our balcony. SHIP OVERVIEW The statistics of the Oasis are stunning: 225,282 Gross tons (over four times the size of the Titanic), 208 ft. wide (this is no Panamax ship!) 1,187 ft. long (almost four football fields), 236 ft. high above the waterline, all with a draft of only 30 ft. We were shocked when we first saw her in port, she floats so high. With all her size, her cruising speed is 22.6 knots. There are 15 passenger decks, 24 passenger elevators placed both forward and aft, so they are less than a quarter of the ship's length from anywhere on board. Neat! Guest capacity is 5,400 (double occupancy of its 2,706 guest staterooms), but she can accommodate over 6,296 total guests. Her international crew of 2,165 are all eager to please. The art work on board is so eclectic and numerous (9,800 pieces) that RCI has published a book "Wonder Book: The Art on the Oasis of the Seas." The common theme of this vast collection is "The Wonder of Our World (p8)." There are photographs of everything from tiny micro-organisims to unending fields, all contribute to the wonders we encounter on our beautiful Earth. Larry Kirkland presents 23 pieces of tiny wonders in "hand forged interior-lit bronze microscopic vessels.... placed randomly throughout" (p100) the ship. The Oasis is so full of art that it is obvious that one cruise is not sufficient enough to appreciate it all: An excellent reason for which to return! An overview of the art does make one take a closer look at our world---- the photograph of a volcanic eruption by Ernst Haas (p108) brings this phenomenon to life. Then, an oil and embroidery on canvas by Nikkie le Nobel depicts an obvious sentiment "I'm so Sorry" (p131), and a sunlit Icelandic landscape photographed by Magnus Sigurdarson (pp120-121) reveals nature. Our world with all its life forms past and present makes up the beautiful art work of the Oasis of the Seas. Take time and look closely, you will be rewarded and touched. The Oasis has many innovative venues. She has a Flow Rider for surfers, an 82 ft long Zip Line Ride, an Aqua Theater Pool, a Central Park, a Boardwalk complete with Carousel and a myriad of other attractions in its Seven Neighborhoods. This review will describe the seven areas of the Oasis rather than describing the ship Deck by Deck. It is the open air atriums and split superstructures which mandate this review format. NEIGHBORHOODS One: Central Park is based on Deck 8 with five decks of balcony staterooms opening on to it. It certainly lives up to its name with 2,178 trees, vines and flowering plants, beautifully arranged among winding paths. There are several seating areas - some covered for when it rains (yes, it is open to the sky like a park). There are delightful pergolas covered with blooming bougainvilleas and poles wound with night blooming jasmine. Each type of plant is identified with tags. This is an ideal spot in which to sit and read among the flowers and trees or even dine "al fresco" at Giovanni's Table ($15 fee) for excellent Italian cuisine under the jovial Senior Executive Chef Marco Morrama and friendly Maitre d' Alessandro, or at 150 Central Park featuring celebrity Chef Kerriann Von Raesfeld ($35 fee). There are also fine shops featuring designer handbags, sports wear, etc. However, it is the wonder of sitting in an endless garden at sea, which drew us back daily: no crowds, peaceful with an occasional Strolling Scot bagpiper playing soulfully. In the evening there are moonlight serenades with the "Black Pearl Strings" and guitar melodies with Wilfredo Arca. Two: The Boardwalk is on Deck 6 aft and features a Carousel with 18 hand carved animals; in its entrance are several horses in various stages of carving and painting, both informative and beautiful art. Along both sides are typical Coney Island style shops and stands: Johnny Rockets a 1950's hamburger joint, Candy/taffy shops, coffee and doughnuts and a terrific Seafood Shack ($8 fee). All the way aft is the 600 seat Aqua Theater --- with two shows, one of Dancing Waters (fountains timed to music --- reminiscent of the famous fountains of Lugano, Switzerland). The other show, "Oasis of Dreams," is a water extravaganza of high diving, synchronized swimming, and acrobatic routines: Stunning! This is also the seat of two rock climbing walls. Three: The Royal Promenade on Deck 5 is retained from the Voyager and Freedom classes of ships and features a village center with coffee shops, Pizza parlors and the Globe & Atlas Pub with music each night by Scott Perham. The on board shops located here have the logo wear, perfumes, jewelry, etc. The Promenade is the site of Captain Wright's Champagne welcome on board party and numerous parades and entertainments. The innovative Cupcake Cupboard provides a unique spot for Birthday and Anniversaries. The biggest attraction is the "Rising Tide Bar" an oval shaped spacious glass enclosed elevator which will lift you up three decks to Central Park. The automobile attraction for this ship is a 1936 Auburn Speedster, a supercharged convertible, with four exhaust coils on each side. This sleek sports car is a combo of black and silver with white wall, wire spoked wheels --- an eye-catching feature of the Promenade. Four: The Pool & Sports Zone is located on Deck 15and offers more sports activities than any other ship at sea: The Flow Rider is fun for both surfers and spectators, Mini Golf has real turf and unique bronze statues of golfers and a caddy and brightly colored animals for the children. Take the Zip Line across the ship, Whee! There is a basketball court, and ping pong. The Solarium is Vincent's favorite place: Every morning he relaxes in a whirlpool in the adult only spa among plants and flowers. There are also eight restaurants and bars some catering only to children --- try the serve your self ice cream machines. Five: Vitality at Sea Fitness Center is forward on Deck 6. There is a "Thermal Suite," massage center and gym with over 100 cardio & resistance machines, the longest jogging track at sea (2.4 laps = 1mile). There are classes in yoga and kick boxing and a Health Spa for adults and children with juice and snacks. Six: The Youth Zone is completely dedicated to children and teens with Adventure Ocean Theater, Science Lab, Video Games and even a nursery at sea. Teens are teated to their own area with an out door deck, nightclub, video arcade and even a Hangout spot. We went through this area several times, since it was located just above our stateroom. Seven: Entertainment Place has something for everyone: Cruise Director Ken Rush is an old acquaintance who keeps ship activities humming. This cruise there were three terrific shows --- "Hairspray", and the "Nelson Brothers" in the Opal Theater (seats 1,380, be careful in choosing your seat because there are several poles blocking the view of the stage)and thirdly, "Frozen in Time." The Nelson Twins did a tribute to their father Ricky Nelson of Rock and Roll fame. They also showed clips and told anecdotes about their famous grandparents Ozzie and Harriet Nelson of TV fame. Great selections, great voices, and great stage presence. Excellent! Like the Voyager and Freedom classes the Oasis has an ice skating rink and an Olympic quality ice show: "Frozen in Time" is based on Hans Christian Andersen's tales, "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Snow Queen," " The Little Mermaid," "The Red Shoes," and "The Ugly Duckling." Fantastic! Don't miss it. Within this show there is also a new attraction: a young lady who does sand painting or sculpting to tell stories. Breathtaking is not even adequate ---- with a wave of her hand or touch of her finger, she created scenes with characters and animals, etc. Live entertainment all over the ship includes jazz, comedy and string music in the dining rooms ---- delightful. CABIN Stateroom #14166, a wheelchair accessible cabin on Deck 14, is large, airy and cheerful. However, there is plenty of room to widen the front door to make entry easier, and it would be more helpful if it were an automatic door: Although the stewardess Suleva always helped us if she was in the corridor. When entering on the right there is a large bathroom with shelves for toiletries a bit too high and too deep to locate items. There is ample room to place a wider set of shelves. The same goes for the drawers below. All the hooks on the door were placed too low, some higher hooks for nightgowns and robes are needed. The shower was perfect with safety rails all around. Next there was a king size bed flanked by two sets of very low shelves, but alas, no drawers for medications. The reading lamp was too far from the bed, one had to get out of bed to shut it off. We think the reading lamps should be exchanged (the one on the left of the headboard moved to the right and then the one on the right moved to the left) thus, it places the switches nearer the bed rather than on the far side. Same equipment just better placement, it means a lot to the handicapped. Next, is a comfortable love seat and a tiny coffee table, too small to be useful. When entering on the left there is a double maple wood armoire with a set of shelves and a private safe, a refrigerator, and a 32" wide screen TV, a vanity/desk with three drawers, and a lighted mirror and one chair. The far wall is mainly glass and a door to the nice large balcony, with two chairs and a large table to which the lovely Suleva added a chaise for Vincent. He enjoys sitting on the balcony watching the stars at night. The walls are all beige and the furniture all maple wood. There are two pictures: one of a branch of apple blossoms blowing in the wind, and the other a close up of a green banana leaf with water drops. Both are on beautiful sky blue backgrounds. The carpet is multicolored streaks of blue, green and speckled with pink. Our excellent Stewardess Suleva Bryan-Forbes was not only efficient, smiling but, she also anticipated our every need. Kudos! SERVICE & FOOD On board of the Oasis, under Hotel Director Francois Wache`, the service is top notch. The crew attitude is that it aims to please the passengers. The Opus Dining Room is spread over three tiers (Decks 3, 4, and 5). It has a stunning chandelier set just over the Captain's table. On formal night, we dined with Captain Wright, who enthralled us with stories of the Oasis of the Seas, her sea trials and her Maiden Transatlantic voyage, where she encountered a storm with waves as big as 50 ft high. Great lady that she is, the Oasis sailed safely through it all. He attributes her extraordinary stability to her width and engineering and finds her exquisite in every way. The Captain was born in Miami, Florida and educated in Vestfold College in Norway. He is also an RCI Vice President --- very interesting man. Dinner was Escargot Bourguignonne , Lobster Bisque, Papaya/Pineapple soup, Beef Filet, Caesar Salad, Shrimp Ravioli and a bittersweet Chocolate Souffle for dessert. Wonderful food, wonderful service, and wonderful conversation, all with the best view of the Christmas garlanded balconies of the Opus Dining Room. Head Waiters Roscoe and Melinda secured us table #401 near the entrance. We don't like to go throughout the dining room with the wheelchair and the scooter, since it disturbs so many diners. Our waiter was Agnelo and his assistant was Harley Davison. They were both excellent. We had reserved a table for two near the entrance of the dining room; however, the first night the reserved table was occupied by others and we were taken to another table far away from the entrance and not very practical for the parking of either the scooter or the wheelchair. When, we finally were assigned to table #401, we found that it was a table for four and we shared it with another couple. Fortunately, we met a friendly couple Kate and Charlie from Chicago, with whom we had enjoyable dinners and pleasant conversations. We had breakfast served in our cabin each morning at 7:00am, and it was always on time, hot and delicious (eggs, hash browns, bacon, sweet rolls, jams, fruit, coffee and hot chocolate). There are so many venues at which to eat, plus the Buffet, called the Windjammer Market place. There is 24 hr. room service, a donut shop on the Boardwalk, a fantastic coffee, sandwich, cookie shop on the Promenade and don't miss the delicious pastries at the Mondo Cafe` Bar. And for those interested, the Promenade Bar opens at 7:00am! At night the Solarium Bistro is transformed into an upscale restaurant with lovely table setting of flowers and white linen covered chairs. We dined there with Hotel Director Francois Wache` and three other couples. It was an unforgettable evening. Just lovely with twinkling lights overhead and interesting conversation. Thank you, Francois! The food is great, abundant and everywhere. The service is amiable and the crew as gracious as their Captain. ENTERTAINMENT This ship is an entertainment destination. From surfing, to rock climbing, Spa facilities, sports venues to several shows nightly, the problem is to decide which attraction to attend. We were blown away by the live skating show and the Nelson Brothers, but also enjoyed many music opportunities and the on board comics--- Strolling on the Promenade or spending quiet time in the library can be pleasant too. It is impossible to be bored on the Oasis. Sleepless? Join Cruise Director Rush for "The Quest" an adults only game starting at midnight in Studio B on Deck 4. Our dining partners, Kate and Charlie told us that it was hilarious. There is something for everyone on board. PORTS Back-to-back Cruises (Dec. 1-12 2009) Ft. Lauderdale --- For us this is the closest port to our home, less than half an hour drive. Terminal #18 in Port Everglades has been expanded from 67,000 to 240,000 square feet to accommodate the new gigantic ship. The embarkation and debarkation process has been facilitated significantly by the increased number of check-in desks. Labadee, Haiti --- Oasis has docked here. Until now, in this port, cruise ship passengers had to be tendered ashore. A large pier has been built and this RCI resort has received extensive improvements, including the new Dragon Trail roller coaster, the "Town Square" where local musician and dancers perform, and the "Artisan Market" with the many wood carved souvenirs, pottery and other artifacts that can be bought at bargain prices. St, Thomas, USVI --- One of the best shopping ports of the Caribbean, with a new shopping center built near the new pier. A tour accessible to the handicapped is the "Scenic Island Drive and Mountain Top." St. Maarten --- This island is divided between the Dutch and the French. Many tours visit both sides. Physically challenged guests should consult the Exploration staff before booking a tour. Nassau, Bahamas --- Here a visit to the amazing Atlantis Hotel Resort with Casino, sparkling white sand beaches and a spectacular aquarium on Paradise Island is a must for the first timers. CONCLUSION These back-to-back cruises (Dec. 1st to 5th and Dec. 5th to 12th ) represent the 39th and 40th cruise credits toward our Crown & Anchor Society membership, thus it is evident that RCI is one of our favorite cruise lines. We have had some great cruises, but this one has been awesome, mainly for the extraordinary novelties that the Oasis has brought to cruising: The signature neighborhoods, particularly Central Park, Boardwalk and the enhanced Royal Promenade which are spectacular places we never thought conceivable on a cruise ship. It was an extraordinary cruise, not because of the itinerary, food, service or any other aspect, but for the Oasis herself that offers to the passenger what other ships cannot offer: her grandiosity. We will still cruise on other ships, small, medium, large, gigantic and enormous, since we are addicted to cruising and love them all. However, we know that certain experience we have had on this ship cannot be matched on any other ship until the launching of the Allure of the Seas, which we have booked for our anniversary in Jan. 2011. For the near future, we'll go back to normal having booked the following cruises: Celebrity Solstice, on Jan. 3rd, Liberty of the Seas, on Feb. 7th, Star Princess, from Rio de Janeiro to Ft. Lauderdale, on March 16th, Crown Princess, a transatlantic cruise to Italy, on May 1st, and the return from Europe with the Norwegian Epic, on June 24th. Happy Cruising! Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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