Having depended on Cruise Critics reviews and thankful to all who took the time to send them in, I decided to send mine in for whatever help it could offer. The Oasis lives up to all the hype--it is magnificent. The many venues offered multiple opportunities and it really didn't appear too crowded, other than food stations on embarkation day, due to Coast Guard caused delay in allowing passengers to board.
I cannot say enough for the staff. Every person encountered was helpful,
courteous, and SMILING. The friendly crew increased our enjoyment many times over.
We saw all the shows (except Comedy Club) and enjoyed all of them. The caliber of entertainers was outstanding. We followed suggestions to book shows in advance and never had to wait in line.
We had dinner every night in the main dining room and, with 2 exceptions, found the food to be enjoyable and the service outstanding. Extra portions of favorite foods were always available, as were More
replacement foods. We noticed the table next to us were served some requested extras (fried rice, mound of shrimp) in family-style serving dishes.
Room service for food never disappointed. The food arrived on time, still hot, with smiling service. We enjoyed breakfast on the balcony twice, and I ordered a quick salad lunch because of time constraints another time.It might help to know that for the eastern Caribbean route, the starboard balconies are very sunny on the return. Also starboard cabins looked smack at the balconies of another ship in St. Maarten, but also had wonderful views at other stops. Less
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We were suckered into an unpleasant Water Ferry experience. Entering the main building in port, we fell for the woman waving signs for the Water Ferry. First we were herded into a hot, airless corridor until sufficient customers were collected. Then after being walked to the ferry, which was packed as tightly as possible, another delay while bottles of water were sold--all the while inhaling the fumes from the idling engine. Finally underway, a crew member gave local information and pointed out local sites--without amplification, so it was very difficult to hear. Then after a blatant request for tips, the crew member went to every passenger and waved his cap under each nose asking for a tip. Upon arriving at Paradise Island, there was a long, hot walk from the ferry landing. I would advise the water taxi or a regular taxi, rather than the water ferry.
Magen's Bay was delightful. We enjoyed the calm water and the long beach. We had 2 hours there, arriving at 11:30 and found a shaded picnic table. There were multiple excursions from our ship and even though we arrived for the tour early, our group got right under way, enabling us to get to the beach before the crowds. As we left at 1:30 the beach was extremely crowded.
The skyline drive included a very brief stop for pictures.