We flew into Miami the night before the cruise and got a taxi to the hotel in Fort Lauderdale, it cost approx 70 dollars, easy and quick.
The next morning we took another taxi to Port Everglades. Check in at the terminal was very quick and efficient and by 11.15am we were heading upstairs to the upper deck of the terminal ready to board the ship. Here everyone was treated like cattle and it was less organised. As suite guests we had thought that we'd be allowed to wait in the suite guests area but the member of staff looking after that area told us gruffly that we were too late so we just got in line to board the ship. We did notice that he treated the other suite guests in the same manner so at least it wasn't just us!
We had lunch shortly after boarding the ship .....all good. Our stateroom was ready at 1pm prompt. The Royal Family Suite has 2 bedrooms plus a sofa bed in the lounge area. It's supposed to sleep 8 people but I would think its a bit cramped with 8 but More
fine for 5 or 6 people. The balcony space is excellent.
The food on the Oasis was very good. We were on my time dining and the food and service in the main dining room was excellent much better we thought than on previous Royal Caribbean ships. For breakfast we alternated between the Solarium and the Windjammer. The Solarium offered a fantastic healthy breakfast. We didn't try any speciality restaurants this year though we normally would.
The shows on the Oasis were also very good, we enjoyed Hairspray, the aqua show and the ice show. Again much better shows than on previous RC trips.
Being a suite guest you get certain privileges:
1. You don't have to queue in the theatre in the evening .....this is good
2. You get access to the Concierge lounge ....in the evening they offer complimentary canapes and drinks, however the lounge was ridiculously busy. In previous cruises the concierge lounge has been a blissful place to relax, I'm not sure if its now worth the bother.
Unfortunately we were all struck down with flu like colds on this trip ( not Royal Caribbeans fault) and it did spoil the vacation a bit, we were in the stateroom a lot more than usual. Unfortunately the stateroom attendant was a bit lacklustre, friendly enough but didn't do a great job. One day he forgot to clean the bathroom, parts of the room were really dusty and never got cleaned all cruise. My son slept on the sofa bed in the lounge area which was made up every evening. For the first few nights he couldn't sleep because it wasn't comfortable. On the last day he was ill so we made up the sofa bed instead of waiting for the stateroom attendant. It was only then that we noticed under the sofa that there is a mattress topper that should be put on each evening but our stateroom attendant had never bothered to put it on.
We had 3 ports of call but only got off at Labadee. Suite guests get access to a private beach called Barefoot Beach, it was quite nice. The staff their set you up a sunlounger and get you a float for going in the sea. There's also a small barbecue area at lunch time so you don't have to go far.
Last year we went on Allure of the Seas and overall we preferred the Allure though to be fair that could have been because we didn't feel very well this vacation. The cruise director staff on the Allure seemed more customer friendly and had more rapport than on the Oasis.
We decided to walk off the ship on the last day with our luggage ( mainly because we couldn't be bothered to pack and put our bags the night before). The walk off was easy and we'd probably do this in the future.
On leaving the cruise terminal we had to pick up a hire car from Fort Lauderdale airport, we got a taxi to the airport it cost approx 16 dollars including tip, again it was easy and we'd do it again. Less
Oasis of the Seas Cruises to the Western Caribbean
There is a sofa bed in the lounge that sleeps 2, make sure the stateroom attendant puts the mattress topper on it in the evening otherwise it won't be comfortable.
Nice rooms overall.