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Oasis of the Seas Frequently Asked Questions

Cruise Critic answers your most frequently asked questions about Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship.

Q: What's FREE onboard Oasis and what's not?
A: It's a blend. Many of the dining venues -- Johnny Rockets (free for breakfast, $4.95 for lunch and dinner), the Seafood Shack (menu here; $8.95 per person), 150 Central Park (menu here; $35 per person) -- have surcharges. Cupcakes at the Cupcake Cupboard are $2.50 each. The main dining rooms and windjammer marketplace are included in the cruise fare, as are the Park Cafe, Boardwalk Bar (food) and Wipe Out Cafe. In terms of onboard activities, there's no additional cost to use the zip-line, carousel and rock-climbing walls, or attend shows at the AquaTheater (tickets are required though) or Opal Theater ("Hairspray"). Click here for a more comprehensive list.

Q: Are there photos of the various cabin categories -- there are 37! -- available? We're trying to determine which cabin to choose.
A: Yes indeed -- you can check out a bunch of the categories in our Oasis of the Seas Cabin Pictures slideshow.

Q: How much will the cost be to rent Oasis of the Seas' WOW phones?
A: The Wow phones -- officially "Royal Connect" phones -- are $17.50 per unit ... and that price is for the entirety of the cruise. The phones are actually Apple iPhones set up to only work on Oasis. They can be used to call or text other passengers with the phones, contact different departments (the spa, for instance) and keep tabs on your kids (if they're wearing Oasis' special wristbands with passive tracking devices). By January 2009, the ship will have 800 phones available. The penalty for losing or damaging the phone is a hefty $1,000.

Q: Can we access the internet using laptops from our cabin?
A: Wi-Fi is available in each cabin for a fee (standard RCI rates apply; starts at roughly 55 cents per minute, packages bring that rate down). To use it, passengers must first go to the Internet cafe, swipe their keycards and create individual accounts.

Q: How many outlets are there in standard cabins?I want to bring my elecronics.
A: In typical cabins, there are two 120s and one 220 under the desk. If you're going to be bringing lots of gadgets, we might suggest bringing a power strip as well.

Q: Is there a 24-hour buffet?
A: There's no 24-hour service in the Windjammer Marketplace (buffet venue), but the round-the-clock snacks, desserts and coffees offered in the Cafe Promenade, down on the Royal Promenade, definitely suffice. You can also order in-cabin food service on a 24-hour basis.

Q: Are there Ping-Pong tables? If so, are they protected from the wind?
A: Oasis of the Seas has the first ping pong "courts" we've ever seen. There are two areas -- one is like the "grandstand," and it's one table surrounded by a circular plexiglass wall -- reminds us a little of a squash or racquetball court. The second area has three tables, again, all enclosed. These are located up on the sports deck, adjacent to the basketball court.

Q: Will there be a cigar lounge, aka "Connoisseur Club" on Oasis of the Seas?
A: There is no cigar lounge on Oasis of the Seas, but there are dedicated indoor smoking areas. Inquire on the ship.

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