Friends had sailed on the Oasis, and not as experienced cruisers as we are, so we were a little hesitant to believe their accolades when they returned. But, they were right!
Easy embarkation. Hard to believe with so many passengers, but it was simple, easy. Security was less than easy and searching our carry-on was careless, almost rude, by the officer. Nothing found other than the allowed 2 bottles of wine and shrink-wrapped 12 bottles of water, carried on by itself.
Our cabin was available so off we went. It was what was expected. Nicely appointed, nothing luxurious but typical. The closet is very close to the couch and with the bypass doors, it's impossible for two to access clothes, shoes and shelves at same time. Princess has much better layout of closet area as does Celebrity. One of the best mattresses we've slept on while cruising. Tons of hot water, sometimes had to turn to cold so could use sink. Oh....the sink! What a joke. Teeny, tiny! Shower was nice and the "tube" wasn't claustrophobic. The balcony was fine, but miss the high back chairs to relax in.
The food is ok, some nights better than others. Don't miss lobster night, since the tails are nice sized, not as small as what Princess serves. We ordered more since they were so good. We did dine at Chops and thought it was wonderful...pretty close to a Ruth's Chris experience.
Now the find of the ship, if you like roast beef, is the Park Cafe located in Central Park, deck 8. They have a wet roast beef sandwich served on a crusty roll with caraway seed and sea salt to knock you out! Rare, tender and flavorful. Top with choice of horseradish or mustard. NOT TO BE MISSED if you like a good roast beef sandwich for lunch. No matter where we were on the ship, lunch was roast beef. By last day my husband had 4 slices and I had 3 on mine. Good coleslaw and nice selection of other pre-dished items.
The Windjammer dining needs better management as far as training the staff. Servers have a handiwipe under their tray and after clearing a table, they use the same wipe for table and chair. Never do they use a spray cleaner or move the salt & pepper or sugar container. Just wipe around it, and a poor job, too. Passengers are almost accosted when entering about sanitizing their hands. What a joke! The tables must be a breeding ground for bacteria!
If you are the type of person who needs to be entertained, then this is the ship for you. Always activity and great shows. Yes, what you see on the TV ads is true. But, the zip-line lasts 9 seconds at best. Fun to watch though.
Enjoy the short but energetic parade on deck 5.
We loved the Solarium. Unfortunately our weather wasn't as great as we hoped, so during the showers and winds we found this the perfect place to relax. Guests under 16 not allowed and only on the last afternoon did I see a boy under that age with his parents. The crew must enforce this rule, which is wonderful! Princess & Celebrity should follow through and enforce the adult only policy in designated spots. Loved the 2 huge whirlpools that hang over the ship and enjoyed mornings before beginning our port shopping.
Being Diamond level, we loved the cocktail hour at Blaze. Molly is the perfect hostess and thank you for getting my onions for my vodka/rocks. D-Bomb, our bartender, rocked! We gave him that name, so he knows who we are.
Easy off and on during ports. Escalator after re boarding was cool.
Guest Services personnel are one of the most helpful and thoughtful staff we've ever come across. They listen and go beyond your expectation!
If the size of the ship and capacity has stopped you from booking on the Oasis or Allure, think again.