Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by firemanjacko: Fairly impressed first timers...
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Fairly impressed first timers...
We typically do the all inclusive thing so weren't even sure about doing a cruise. However, after talking to some people I work with and our travel agent, as well as doing on-line research, we thought we would start at the top as far as ship size was concerned.
This ship is an engineering and design/layout marvel ! Walking thru the royal promenade, it feels like you are walking thru a mall and not sailing on a ship. The embarkation was easy enough, from curbside to the waiting area was no more than about 15 or 20 minutes.
Once on board, we ventured up top to take a few photos and get our bearings and marvel at the size of the Oasis compared to the other ships in port.
Our cabin attendant (Anthony) met us once we checked in to our cabin and helped out right away with some laundry needs (had to have my shirt pressed for our Chefs table dinner that night). He got that done on short notice, much appreciated ! Our cabin was a stateroom with a large balcony, which we More probably didn't need, regular balcony would have sufficed. Cabin space was fine, had room for all our belongings, I also brought along a powerbar to plug into the wall receptacle(hard to get at !) which made it a little easier to plug in our electrical devices/phones etc. Only minor complaint would be having cigarette smoke waft into our cabin occasionally, so we couldn't open the sliding door.
We went on 3 excursions: the Blue lagoon beach break on Nassau, it was alright, maybe a little over priced but it felt good to lay on a beach lounger in the sun !Next stop was St. Thomas for some shopping in the diamond district. Found Charlotte Amalie kind of noisy and overrun with horn honking cabs but the wife found her jewelery so all was not lost lol ! Last port was St. Maarten for a catamaran/snorkeling excursion. Great time, fun crew and lots of laughs with some people we met from Florida.
We ate at four speciality dining restaurants, first night was the Chefs table 5 course wine paired/ tasting menu. Absolutely worth the extra money. Delicious meal presented by the wine sommelier. The chef would also come out to explain how each course was prepared . We sat with some great folks from Florida and had a wonderful opening evening. Next was Giovannis, very good server and excellent meal. We did 150 Central Park which I found kind of pretentious, only memorable part was the 5 salt sampler dish you could sprinkle on the bread. Last night on board we did Chops steakhouse,highly recommended, the whole meal was superb, the filet I had was cooked perfectly and very tender.
Spent three other nights at the main dining room, food was decent enough, server was very engaging and funny, with the desserts being the best part of the meal, Imho.
In an effort to eat "relatively" healthy, we had breakfast and lunch at the Solarium each day. Lots of healthy choices and fresh fruits/salads available.
As far as entertainment, the shows were very well done, the Aqua live theater is a fantastic venue at the back of the ship, the show itself was spectacular. Hairsray was one of my wifes favorites. Comedy club had two good comedians so there are no complaints with the entertainment.
On sea days the pool area was a bit crowded, everyone vying for a lounger in the sun, but we always found room. Lots of servers around to bring drinks.
In a nutshell, we were impressed with size, grandeur and layout of the Oasis. The service was excellent, there is so much to do, we were sad to leave. A great introduction into cruising. Less
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