Never being on an Oasis class ship, we decided to book to make the ship the destination since we have been to all ports before. Flew in to FLL on Saturday morning from ATL. Took a $15 taxi ride to the port arriving a little early. The wait to board took longer than usual and was not able to board until around 12:30. Booked a GS, but since we are DP was upgraded to a CL and were excited to be in one of the 2 story CL rooms. Since we were not able to board until late, we were able to grab a bite to eat in the Windjammer before the crowds and head to our room.
The room was amazing. The CL is upscale and nicely appointed with a full bath, bar with stools and a lounge/tv area with sofa and chair/ottoman. Going up the stairs, there was a bed, vanity area, closet and another full bath. A second tv was hung from the ceiling over the foot of the bed. The room was amazing. We were in our glory until stepping out to the balcony - where was the ocean? We overlooked the miniature golf course and could see a patch of blue over the back of the ship. We decided to not complain and enjoy the added space in the stateroom. After all we were on vacation and one doesn't want to look a gift horse in the mouth...
Ate most meals in the MDR. Most were good and the service was outstanding. If the menus were revamped, I didn't see it. If you have been cruising a while as we have, you can almost guess what will be on the menu. Tried the Seafood Shack one night and was pleasantly surprised. They had great calamari and fish and chips. The crab cakes were the same served in the MDR and concierge lounge, but I felt that paying for them was not worth it. Had to try one of the famous roast beef sandwiches. Once the salt is shaken off the bread, it was okay, but not worth gushing over. I enjoyed the salad bar more than anything and went back several days for the salad to be made to our liking. The service was quick but trying to find a table was difficult. They also have a bagel bar in the mornings, which we didn't try. Johnny Rockets serves a nice breakfast and was able to get in there one morning for a quick bite. Room service in the early mornings for coffee was quick. Room service during peak times was really slow. For lunch one day, it took over an hour for service to arrive. Tried to stay away from the Windjammer and only ate breakfast there once and lunch on the first day. Food was good both times.
Hairspray and Come Fly with Me were both excellent shows. The ice skating show highlight was inclusion of a sand artist. Had it not been for him, the show would have been a bust. The diving show was okay, but not what I expected. We never did make it to any of the other shows, but was able to catch them on the tv.
The shopping was not as I expected. I was looking forward to the Coach store and was disappointed to walk in to find a handful of overpriced purses. The logo store was just that - RC logo's. It would have been nice to see more Oasis logo'd clothing. The watch sale was overcrowded with people pushing their way in. They should have the "sale" out longer in order for people to come at their leisure and not be jostled by the crowd. I was not able to find kids t-shirts with Oasis. The sales are geared more towards the commercial with Hello Kitty and Barbie logo's than anything.
We liked the way the photography section is set up. The pictures are set up in books and it is easy to find your book and look at pictures.
In Cozumel we prebooked with Mr. Sancho's Beach Club. Nice beach and the food was good. They do a good job with service and kept the drinks coming with someone always asking us if we needed anything.
In Labadee, we had a cabana on Barefoot Beach. Our concierge was able to get us one last minute and we enjoyed the day at the beach and was happy to have the shaded cabana to come back to.
In Jamaica, we booked the Bob Marley experience with lunch through RC. We were disappointed with the Bob Marley tour, hoping we would get more information on his life and music. It was a steep climb to the tombs of Bob and his mother. The lunch was quasi Jamaican. When I asked about the heat of the food, the lady told me that since they are under contract they have to make it less spicy. Less spicy means bland. We bought a bag of Blue Mountain Coffee and learned when we got home that the beans were old and we had to throw them away.
All in all, it was a relaxing voyage. The ship is nice, new and clean. Would we go again? Probably not. We realized that we like the smaller ships with the Freedom Class as large as we will go.