We boarded the boat on the 22nd. The boarding process is so easy. RCCL has this down compared to Disney and Carnival. Debarkation was less than 10 minutes from the ship to the car and that includes locating 4 suitcases. The ship was massive. Highly recommend this boat, there is plenty to do for everyone. We were on for 7 days and that was not long enough to do everything.
Our teenagers had a great time. We cruised last Christmas and liked it so much, decided to do it again this year. The shows on board were great and had something for everyone. We missed the adult comedienne. Make sure you get your reservations before you board and write them down. I knew I had made reservations but sometimes, they would not show up on the TV. Having them written down helped.
As for the food, we did feel that it is going downhill compared to past cruises. But, we are foodies and have higher expectations. We did several of the pay restaurants and were pleased with them. Although, the food was okay at 150 Park, I do not think it was a good as others have said. The salt varieties with the meal was a pleasant surprise, since my husband had read a recent article on this trend and wanted to try it. The dessert was excellent, but the meal itself, was just okay. Solarium Bistro was much better. We were never able to get into Chops.
If you are a Coach person like I am, they actually have several handbags that you can only get on board the ships internationally. That was a nice surprise.
As always, we enjoyed Quest for adults and our kids enjoyed the teen version.
The Meet and Mingle was fun and hubby even won a bottle of Merlot.
Jamaica was fun and so was cozumel. We hired a private driver in Jamaica. Dwaine's Tours. He is great and we tubed down the river and did Bamboo rafting. He will do whatever you want. Message me and I will be happy to send his contact information. He is much cheaper than a RCCL tour. We felt totally safe. Price was $100.00 for all day driving. We also tip well on top of that. But, your stuff is safe in the car and he drives us around so that our kids can get a feel for the island. This is the 2nd time we have used him and have referred others to him. You have to meet him outside the gates, since RCCL charges them $45.00 to enter the property. He is happy to do it, but will pass that cost on to you if he does. We emailed him months earlier and planned our day with him and it worked out great considering it was Christmas Day. We even went armed with gifts for his kids, since we felt bad taking him away for the day.
In Cozumel we did Ek Balam tour of the ruins. We had done Tulum before and wanted to see something different. This definitely fit the bill. It is a long drive, but well worth it. You can actually climb to the top. This is the only ruins that do this in Mexico. I am sure, once it gets bigger they will stop that. I was terrified, but glad we did it.
Everything was fun and the cruise was great. Highly recommend the Oasis for a Christmas vacation. Now to plan our next cruise....