Being from Australia we just had to try this ship, we had heard so much about it. We were not to be dissapointed. It was just the most amazing ship ive ever been on.
WE arrived in Fort Lauderdale from lax and stayed at the holiday inn express convention centre, for ease of embarkation as it was very close to the ship. The hotel was very good and breakfast was complimentary.
Embarkation was easy we were at the pier in 10 mins.there by 11.30 checked in the luggage on the pier and proceeded to security scanning..We did take our 2 bottles of wine on board with us which the cruise line is now allowing, for use in the cabin. We got our sea pass cards and the whole process took 20 mins with no long lines and was so smooth.
Embarking through deck 5 bought us out in the main foyer area and the main floor of the ship..here the pizza palour was open and there was a grand car on display. deck 5 also hold the local pub where we spent a lot of time in the evenings and star bucks also on this level. The whole level was very grand and well done with shops and cafes etc.
We went up to the Windjammer for lunch, which was busy but not impossible, food was great, with lots of choices. waited till 1.00 pm and then went to explore the cabin.
We had an outside balcony room and found it very spacious with ample storage for clothes, the beds were great very comfy. My only comment here would be the use of doona covers for the bed they always looked lumpy and messy when made and not even..but hardly worth mentioning really..The bathroom pretty standard size and shower screen sliders..the balcony spacious with decent sized table.
We ate in the main dinning room for the whole cruise except 2 nights at the windjammer, when you didnt feel like sitting round all that time eating. The food in the windjammer at night was really good and had a stir fry station to create your own meal which was good and lots of ingredients to add from the selection, we did not feel we were missing anything by eating there on the nights we used it...The main dinning room food was excellent and the choices were more than suffiecient for even the fussiest eater. We did have one problem when our waiter went down sick and the service was pretty bad that night, when we complained to the head waitress, they were appauled we were not happy and for the rest of the cruise made up for it, I would like to commend the staff for going beyond the call of duty to make sure we were delighted from then on.
They arranged for us to order whaterver we wanted to be cooked by one of the chefs for the balance of the cruise, so told us to order anything we liked,so we did, they made us lobster mornay one night and fillet steak with mushroom sauce for the next. All bought to our table specially made for us, and with the chef comming to check and see if all was fine and waiters runnning round in cirlces for us and free champaigne as well, we were in awe of the service. We certainly felt very special and were treated like V.I.P.s every night and even at breakfast...Our experience on the oasis of the service and dedication of the crew and the line has left us with a very special memory of this ship. Our thanks to the staff in the dinning room, for the very special effort they made to make it a memorable voyage.
This cruise is really about the ship, as i said it was amazing, how they created central park in the middle was a feat of inginuity the spceialty resteraunts are here and though we only used them for lunch were great. We ate at the park cafe which was good though smaller choices but the roast beef sandwiches where awsome. I loved walking through here at night it was so pretty all lit up and they had a guitarist playing out here often in the evening.
The entertainment on the ship was the best ive seen and there was someone playing in every location and bar on the ship all night long. no big gaps in time for breaks as you get on some ships where they play for 45 mins and then its over. These bands where there for the night, in the piano lounge scooner bar they played for the evening as well..as did the singer in the pub. we often went from one place to another so as not to miss anything going on.
The on board shows were fantastic. I had booked online as soon as booking openend for the shows 2 months ahead. and we had one every night..i reccommend anyone to book before they get on. especially for the comdey adults only show it was only a small venue and people waitied to try and get in outside to no avail. The comedians were brilliant we had tears rolling down our faces from laughing so much, be warned they are crude, so if you dont like swearing and are rude jokes dont go. We thought the show one onf the best in fact our favorite. Hairspay the musical was fantastic the production and screen props really good, as was the ice skating pantomine it was spectacular as well.The oasis of dreams was also really cool.
Our ports of call were good, we stopped in falmouth jamacia where wen took a cruise org trip to montego bay and the beach for a few hrs which was good, however they warned us not to roam around the streets of the waterfront as not to safe for tourists. Labredee we didnt get off as it was raining that day and only the beach and zip line there to see. Cozemel was good though we got a $8 taxi into San Miegel and did some shopping for jewellry, but best buys were at the pier where lots of shops have much better prices for stuff..barter being the opperative word.. i got plenty of good prices here for earings and such, so much silver...
We didnt go on the zip line on board bit to old for that but it looked great fun, as did the surfing wave pool and boogy board riding pool. all located on deck 17 along with mini golf and basketball courts.
We found a few quiet places around the ship when at sea to realx,the pool area was full on days at sea but you get that on all ships, I can honestly say that was the only time you could see a crowd of people in one place.
Despite the fact that there were 6,000 on board you just didnt know it as everyone is doing something different at one time. They have planned the ships layout well and stuctured entertainment around the ship so well. I can only sing praise for royal carribean with the design of this ship.
Interactive tv in your stateroom shows how full every dinning venue is so you can avoid busy times and go some where less full. This was a great feature, We got lost a couple of times the ship being the size of 3 football fields but the interative mapping screens at the elevators directed you to where you needed to go to get there. They certainly thought of everything to make it easy.
Dissembarking however was a bit of a nightmare as customs where on a go slow, strike and even though we got off at 8.30 it took us till 10 to get out as they only had one line for non US which was rediculious. Luckily we didnt have a flight to catch, or it would have been very stressfull..in that case i would have taken my own bags ashore and left aT 6.30 SO FOR ANYONE CATCHING FLIGHTS WOULD EMPHASISE THIS OPTION OF LEAVING ON THE FIRST GROUP OUT AND TAKING OWN LUGGAGE.
I happyily reccommend the oasis of the seas to anyone wanting a cruise. Once you have been on the oasis no cruise will ever offer so much. Especially to any Aussies out there reading this, its worth the trip over to florida to pick up this cruise ship. Cruising for me now will always have to be this class of ship, ive been spoilt for any others now and cant wait to do the allure next time, its sister ship.
Thanks royal carriben for the best cruise we have ever had it was magic.