Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by kimmad10
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
Embarkation only complaint is that we did not realize that we could bypass the big line due to being in a suite. Once we got to the building, we bypassed the rest of the line and went straight through security. Check-in and all was a breeze from there! The ship was spectacular! Huge. Beautiful. Clean. I really liked that they all but forced sanitizer to everyone as you boarded and there were sanitizer stations everywhere, especially at every dining facility. At the Windjammer (the main buffet dining), they sanitized everyone upon entering! Definitely helps to keep the sickness off ship. We explored the ship (some) before going to our room. We had a grand suite which had a King bed (or pull apart to 2 twins?) and a pull out couch. I slept on the couch and slept fine and I have back problems. We had a beautiful 'kitchenette" (it was an island with a mini fridge, a long closet that held all 3 of our clothes, a mirror on each of the closet doors, and about 6 drawers for storage). Our bathroom had a double sink and a bathtub!! After walking around port all day, soaking in that bathtub was amazing!! Our concierge was very nice and informative - we left him a good (cash) tip! We had what was a double balcony I think. It had 2 nice lounge chairs and a table with 2 chairs. We ate breakfast out there on port days. Only complaint about the room is that our safe battery died so it quite working with our passports etc in there, luckily it was a cruising day and when we called about it someone came down within 10 minutes to fix it!
Food was AMAZING and I am Gluten Free and always found food to eat. Windjammer was great. Main dining room food was great. A few of our waiters did seem a bit overworked and busy. We were on board over Thanksgiving and had a full ship, so maybe that had something to do with it. Otherwise, it was a good experience. Pizza place was open until 2 or 3am which was great! And when I told them I was gluten free, they made me a whole pizza in about 10-15 minutes!! It was included in the price for the room so I did not have to pay anything extra!
Most of the time, the drinks at the pool could have been a little bit stronger, but i did find a few bartenders who made theirs stronger ;) We saw the broadway Cats, which was, a little boring (I really wanted to see it because I love musicals, but was dissapointed a little - but it is an old classic broadway play so that is what you get). Disappointment was due to the plot. The actors were entertaining and wonderful! Come Fly With Me was fantastic! Oh, and the ice show--they did such an amazing job especially considering that they are on a small ice rink and the ship was really rocking that night Ice skating is a very precisional sport, so they were definitely talented to do that while the ship was rocking. Comedy was awesome (I got called out by the headliner, lol). Be aware, I was at the adult show, and when they say adult, they mean adult, but we loved it! My sister really found a new hobby of art collecting while on board through attending the art auctions!
Ports of call: Nassau, Bahamas we did the Sea and See Island tour. The sea part was great as we took a boat tour of the bay (the guides were hilarious and pointed out celebrity homes). Then we switched to another boat out in the water that was like a glass submarine underneath. We got to see a lot of different colored fish, sea grass, etc, and we even got to see a sea turtle! The See part was a van ride up to the Queen's staircase and the Fort. We only had 20 minutes and spent some of that time using the facilities. Staircase was great to see but didn't get enough time to go down and back up.
Port of call: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - We went on the 5 Star Island Tour. We went on a trolley like truck on a scenic view up the mountain to Mountain Top. They have the world famous banana daiquiris. If you love bananas, get one, just trust me! We went out on the balcony and saw a panoramic view of St. Thomas - Gorgeous!! We could see the world famous Magen's Bay beach. Then we drove down to Magen's Bay beach and spend 2 hours there. I am not a water person, but i got in the water there up to my neck and could still see my feet!! White sand beaches, though it was packed that day as there were 3 or 4 cruise ships in port that day. After that, we went into town and did some shopping!
Port of Call: Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. What can I say about this place, but I fell in love with it! I want to fly down there and spend a week! The people were incredibly friendly and the place was beautiful and not rundown like St. Thomas was some. Trust me, St. Maarten was worth it! We did the Amazing Race excursion which I highly recommend if you are even just a little competitive. We had some issues communicating between the 3 of us, or it would have been even better. But we really enjoyed it. Keep in mind, you are running at times around town but they do force everyone to take a water break at midpoint which was nice.
Overall, I truly enjoyed Oasis of the Seas. It was clean, though you could tell some of it needed some refurbishment, but it is set to go into dry dock just for that in 2019. I would love to go on it again after it is refurbished to see how it could possibly get any better! I am seriously planning my next Royal Caribbean cruise already and I have only been home a month!
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