As so many others have said, embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze as RCCL has it down to a science!
We explored the BEAUTIFUL ship while we waited for 1:00, when we could have access to our oceanview balcony cabin. We had lunch at Park Cafe. My DH loved the roast beef sandwich and I loved the fresh salad and fuit. We had our bathing suits in our carry on bag, so were were able to take advantage of the uncrowded pools in the early afternoon before th 4:00 muster drill and feeling like we had an additional sea day!
DINING: We purchased the three specialty restaurant "special:" Giovanni's, Chopps, and Central Park 150. They were all excellent with wonderful service; however, I think we will choose only one for our next cruise as I thought the food was just too "rich" for my stomach. The MDR was very nice with the usual MDR "cruise" menu. Lobster was served on the second formal night. Lobster was not on the menu of the specialty restaurants. The Windjammer does get very crowded, but again, we ate around 1:30-2:00 to avoid the crowds when we chose to go there.
ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment was top notch RCCL quality that we have all come to expect. The only complaint I heard from others as well was that the sound was too high. The orchestra was so loud it often drowned out the performers, but if you put kleenex in your ears it does help drown out the decibels and you can hear better. Don't laugh as it really does work! The Comedians were actually funnier in the family show on the last night as the other shows were only for 18 year olds and above because the content was very crude. We actually walked out on the Comedy Improv show because it really was over the top. We aren't prudes, just normal decent people.
POOLS: There were several pools to choose from and a beautiful Solarium area for adults only. It is very unfortunate that the solarium is in the full sun with very few shaded areas to find. It was pretty easy to find a chair in the shade in the other pool areas but the music blasted so loud that my DH and I had to yell to each other in order to carry on a conversation. One tip: If you want to swim in the pools when they aren't full of people and noise, plan on going after 4:00 or even in the evening. We had the solarium pool all to ourselves one evening after the show! There are several frozen ice cream cne areas, but the ice cream wasn't very frozen:(
PORTS: We walked to Junkanoo Beach in Nassau since we weren't there that long. It's about a 2 mile walk, no fee and the water was very clear. ANOTHER TIP: Bring water shoes, it's very rocky when you first get in. For St. Thomas and St. Maarten, we took a taxi to the beautiful beach with soft white sand and gorgeous clear aqua blue water..no need ofr water shoes!
CROWDS: There were over 5600 people, so yes, it did get crowded because the venues where people congregrate aren't much larger than the ships that are smaller. When we wanted to get away from the crowds and the noise, we could always find less crowded and quieter places because the ship is so huge.
Since RCCL plans to build 2 more of these Oasis class ships by 2018 as well as 3 of the Quantum class, I guess we have to get used to sailing with thousands of people.
We are glad that we sailed on OOTS and it was worth the 4 year wait, but we do like the Freedom class better. We hope to sail on a Quantum class ship in the future, depending on what port it sails out of.