After gawking in amazement at the size of the Oasis, my DH and I boarded about 1:30pm and went right to our room. Our room was classed as a midship larger balcony (balcony being about 2 feet larger.) This being my 14th cruise, I know the cabin layout I prefer (Emerald Princess with the huge closet across from the bathroom like in a hallway not in the living area.) In our Oasis cabin, the closet was a foot from the bed so only one person at a time could squeeze by and gain closet access. We did have a nice sofa and desk, but of all the STUPID things---the only plug in outlet was under the desk--no other way to access that but on your knees! Pity the handicapped! There's a flat panel TV screen over the desk so you can check things like your show reservations, shipboard account, etc. Bathroom sink seemed very small and the shelves under the vanity need a slight lip on them so your stuff doesn't roll off onto the floor. This may all sound picky since no one spends much time in their cabin, but the differences are noticeable. Since we were 6th floor midship, we had a long hike either way to an elevator. Being capable, we didn't mind--helped us wear off some calories.
The public areas on the Oasis are some of the best on the seas. We love to stroll on the Promenade and enjoy the music, but it is wall-to-wall people when there's a parade. Hint: to watch the parade go up one floor where there are several public balcony overlooks. The Boardwalk is really just a way to get to the Aqua Theatre. Along the way, you pass Johnny Rockets and several other pay eateries. Central Park is a beautifully landscaped pathway between two parts of the ship and it is also lined with extra-fee eateries; with the exception of the Central Park Cafe. This cafe is worth finding! Roast beef is handsliced; the tuna melt is best I've ever had. Salads, especially make your own, are wonderful. Great cookies and desserts, too. They have some salads and sandwiches conveniently packed to take with you, also. The Sports deck is a nicely equipped area--the flowriders were seeing a lot of action; mini-golf is a big family hit, and the children's pool area made me wish I had brought along a grandchild. Studio B, the Comedy Club, the Opus Theatre, and the casino are all located next to each other, which makes it convenient to go from one to another. Most of our evenings when we weren't at shows we danced to the great bands in Dazzles--this was one of our favorite spots. The bar waiters are extremely attentive though, and don't want you to be without a drink so they visit you often. Too bad--I can make one drink last all night. Our favorite daytime spot was the Solarium--what a beautiful wraparound view when sailing into ports. This area has a great breakfast and lunch bisto (extra fee for dinner). This is a great roomy area with several groups of casual chairs, and it never feels crowded. We loved the huge hottubs with their great views.
The Oasis has one important feature over all the other ships, at least at this point in time, the great entertainment. We made all our reservations online beforehand, and if you don't, you'll be sorry. All the shows were upscale from any I've ever seen on a ship. The Aqua show was amazing as was the aerial Oasis of Dreams. Ihe ice show was better than I've seen on the Navigator of the Seas. The Broadway show was very well done, but I think "Footloose" would have been a better choice. I hope they change the Broadway show every year or so. Our Aqua Show was cancelled due to high winds, but it was scheduled for another day and time. There were a lot of people complaining that they didn't get to see it; well, this is where that flat screen in your stateroom comes in handy---the show was scheduled for another day and time and those people holding reservations for the cancelled show didn't even have to rescheduled since it was done for them automatically.
Now, to the food! Well, we weren't impressed with the main diningroom but we didn't go away hungry. The first night I ordered a pork chop Mojito just to try something different--it was delicious. One night we ordered a type of steak, which was not cooked to our specifications but we didn't want to wait for another to be prepared. If you read a small box on the menu, you can order for about $15 a 10 oz filet mignon from the pay restaurant Chops and it will be served to you in the diningroom. Since a 10oz steak could feed the two of us, we ordered one and split it. Cheaper than paying for two people to eat at Chops. Wow! Best filet I have eaten in a long time. Wish we had read that little box sooner. We were disappointed in the Promenade Cafe because they never changed their food selections all week, but we would stop here for a late night snack. (Doesn't compare to the great International Cafe on Princess.) We tried the pizza--just okay. Tried to stay away from the Windjammer because of the crowds so went more to the Solarium Bistro and Central Park Cafe.
Ports: We normally choose to sail a specific itinerary and like being in port. (One of our favorites is the Southern Medley on Emerald Princess.) We chose to sail on the Oasis for the ship experience. Two and a half days out of seven in port is not enough for us. Couldn't the Oasis at least stop on a private island? Being in the port of Nassau for only about 5 hours is a real letdown. You need a whole day for most of the best excursions in Nassau. We took the number 10 bus to the stop closest to Ardasta Gardens and walked about 5 minutes to the small zoo. They are trying so hard to keep this little tropical zoo up so we felt we did our duty toward conservation.
St Thomas is one of our favorite ports. We always use dependable Godfrey Tours to take us downtown for about an hour and then off to Coki Beach for the most fun in the water you can have. Located next to the aquarium, Coki is a great place to snorkel right from shore. You can rent chaises and buy food, but the vendors aren't agressive.
St Maarten is also one of our favorite ports. We usually walk downtown to Front Street and enjoy the shops for they are some of the best in the Caribbean. Then we go to the beach behind the Front Street shops and stroll the pathway, grabbing a cocktail now and then, and enjoying the beach. This area is alway so clean and seems so festive. It is one of my favorite spots in the Caribbean.
Will we sail on the Oasis again? We don't think so. We enjoyed the ship and the shows, but now we've been there, saw that. We will go back to choosing a ship for its itinerary. Everyone who enjoys cruises should probably sail on the Oasis or the Allure once for the experience.