A Family Cruise with Happy Memories: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by indiana71
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A Family Cruise with Happy Memories
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
One son and his family flew from Minneapolis. The other son, his family, my husband and I flew from Pittsburgh. We met at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale. The Days Inn offered complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel. It was a very hot day and the grandkids spent the afternoon in the pool.
For supper, we walked across the parking lot to Denny's. Now we had just one more night before The Family Cruise!
I had arranged a shuttle through Days Inn to take us to Port Everglades. We were so excited to see Oasis! One son and his wife have been on a couple cruises, we have been on Oasis once before. The rest of the family have never cruised.
Embarkation was fast. We were onboard before noon and headed immediately to the Central Park Café for the famous Roast Beef Sandwiches. We were the More first to arrive. By the time we left, all the tables were full.
The grandchildren, ages 9, 8, 7 and 6 loved the children's pool area and spent part of every day going from one pool to another.
The grandkids also spent time on a couple days in Adventure Ocean. They enjoyed that, too. Bonus: The adults were able to have a relaxing dinner at Giovanni's Table one evening and bar hopped one afternoon.
As a Father's Day gift to the 3 dads, they were registered for the All Access Tour. It's expensive, but if you ever decide to participate, Oasis is the ship to do it! They had to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. The tour lasted 3 hours and they saw parts of the ship no one else gets to explore.
The Main Dining Room service was excellent! Our waiter and assistant not only served dinner, they also entertained the grandkids with magic tricks!
All of us enjoyed Hairspray, the ice show (Frozen in Time), and Come Fly with Me. Making reservations for the shows in advance saved time onboard. And we got to go at the time most convenient for us.
Our Stateroom Attendent, Gede, had towel animals each night. He was always friendly and attentive.
This was the first we took our family on a cruise. Having been on Oasis previously, I looked forward to time in the Solarium and maybe a night or two in Jazz on Four...but neither of those things happened! Instead, we got to see another part of the ship: The theater in Adventure Ocean where our 2 granddaughters performed in a talent show. And at night, we sat on our balconies (Gede removed the barriers between the three staterooms), and watched shows in the Aqua Theater or just watched people on the Boardwalk. Less
Cabin review: B1 Boardwalk View Stateroom with Balcony
The Boardwalk Balcony staterooms are perfect for families. We were able to watch the AquaTheater shows and see all the activity on the Boardwalk. When our sliding door was closed, it was completely quiet!There wasn't much room to move around for 4 people (2 adults, 2 children under 10 in each of two staterooms), but when the sofa bed was closed during the day, it was easier.Having the balcony provided more space and we enjoyed having the barrier removed so all of us could move freely between all 3 staterooms.Storage space was quite adequate. The bathroom is small but everything we needed was stored on shelves or in the cute little drawer.Read All Boardwalk View Stateroom with Balcony (B1) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We weren't docked in Nassau long enough to get a day pass at Atlantis, so we took the water taxi to Paradise Island and walked around the hotel a bit.
We also stopped at the straw market before reboarding, but it was so crowded with tourists, we didn't stay long.
We booked a personalized tour for only our family. My husband and I have taken tours with Jo Junie in the past and looked forward to seeing him again. He did not disappoint!
We met him at 9 AM and we toured the island in his comfortable, air-conditioned van that was the perfect size for 10 people. He provided Rum Punch, beer and water throughout the day.
The highlight of St. Maarten is time at Sunset Beach. We ate lunch at the restaurant and watched planes land and take off from the airport. Fascinating!
Jo Junie returned my husband and me to the port area at 3 PM, after dropping off the rest of the family at the beach nearby.
It was a very happy and memorable day!
My husband and I and one son disembarked at 10:30 AM and walked to the nearest bar - where we stayed!
The rest of the family stayed onboard to swim and then joined us for lunch.
Our sons and their wives booked the Snuba excursion through Royal Caribbean. We took the kids back to the ship and played Miniature Golf and had pool time.
The Snuba excursion was a big hit! They enjoyed the undersea life and just having a little time in St. Thomas.