We have cruised often and prefer small ships. We only went on this trip to be with friends and to see the carousel at sea. We were pleasantly surprised to enjoy this ship tremendously. We didn't feel like there were 6200 other passengers with us on the ship. We never felt bothered by crowds and the only time lots of passengers gathered in one place was during the parades on the Royal Promenade.
Main dining room food was much tastier than other RC ships. Our server was very friendly - the only thing I didn't like was she delivered appetizers, soups and salads all at once. I didn't complain to her - we were far from the kitchen and I guess that several trips would have extended our 2 hour dinners to 2 1/2 hours, and we would have missed our reserved shows.
We did our planning in advance and knew that we needed reservations for all of the shows, but there were always plenty of seats available 10 minutes before showtime for others who did not have More
Labadee was also nicer than we expected with beautiful beaches and wonderful, clean water. We ate lunch early and avoided the long lines. The bobsled was a disappointment, the track too short and "wimpy" was the description we decided upon. Just as on the ship, there was never a problem finding a lounge chair.
We would definitely recommend this ship and we may even try the Allure of the Seas someday. We've heard it's even better than Oasis. Less
Oasis of the Seas Cruises to the Western Caribbean
The cabins were a little smaller than we expected. We would have liked nightstands with drawers for extra storage as drawer space was limited. The chairs and table on the balcony were a bit nicer than on other ships. We did not hear hallway noise as were were "very" forward but couldn't sit out on the balcony several nights because of party noise from other cabins. The shower was very nice with sliding doors instead of a curtain. The sofa could have been more comfortable but the beds and linens were very comfortable.
The Dophinaria is a beautiful facility. We spent about 45 minutes in the water with two dolphins and two handlers with a group of eight. It was quite thrilling to be so close to the dolphins. The actual swim along with the dolphin on the dolphin's belly was only about 30 seconds or maybe less - quite disappointing even though those few seconds were exhilarating. We paid for lunch through our tour - an increase from $99 to $129, so lunch cost us $30 each. We could have bought the lunch there for $15 each. The food was very tasty and we enjoyed bottled water with our Mexican lunch.
We took the combination Grotto and Dunns River Falls excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed both. We also enjoyed the small group size for our tours and the guide at the falls continuously watched over the whole group to ensure our safety on the slippery climb. The views of the Falls and surrounding fauna was quite beautiful.
Labadee is a beautiful private beach with plenty of places to sit with a crowd or quietly under trees for a bit of shade. The bobsled was $19 for two but it was not a very long course. There were locals entertaining and asking for donations continually during their performance, but it was a nice diversion for about 30 minutes. The food was average and we wish there were covers to keep flies and other insects away. We did eat lunch early, before the crowds arrived, and lunch was packed up too early we thought because we planned to return for dessert but we were too late at 1:30.