great cruise with a few bumps: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by jdpitzer
Overall Member Rating
great cruise with a few bumps
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was teh nicest ship we have been on. You hardly experience any movement on the ship. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of getting deck chairs in virtually any location on the ship. At no time did we experience long lines or crowding on the ship, although we did skip the parades and crowd producing activities on the promenade. There were a few glitches on the cruise, some might call them nit-picking. The first problem was using the main dining room for breakfast. They were very disorganized. They only used one floor of the 3 tiered dining room. This made the patrons using the buffet wait while they sat the a la carte diners first. Why not use two floors and separate the buffet diners from the ones ordering breakfast? Another problem was the fitness facility (gym). I realize More that RCL can't control the gym etiquette of their passengers, but they should monitor the gym better. Their staff was more interested in selling products. People hogged the machines instead of allowing other users to have access to the machines between their sets. There were plenty of machines, but not all we in proper working order. This is either an over-use issue or maintenance. There was no air circulation in the gym. You were working out in a sweat box. Lastly, the piped in music on the pool deck stunk. It was monotonous music that was downright boring. The age demographic on this ship had to be 40+ in the majority, yet the music was geared to the 20's crowd and even at that it was pretty boring. I noticed a lot of people bring their own music to the deck and using headphones. Please, more variety. Mix in a bit of rock and roll, classic and modern (Jimmy Buffet would have been appreciated), as well as good country and western. The steel drum band that did play live music was not very good, but at least is was a change of pace. The ship had great venues and the entertainment was top notch. The aqua show was great as was Hairspray in the theatre. Other than the steel drum band, the other musicians were great. The food in the main dining room was very good and I can't see paying the premium for the specialty restaurants. The healthy option of eating in the solarium was greatly appreciated. The windjammer is the windjammer. Food was pretty good and the staff was very helpful finding a seat during the busy time. We were in a junior suite room and it was definitely worth the added price for the extra room, larger balcony, and full bath in the bathroom. It even had a walk-in closet. Finally, for such a large ship, embarkation and debarkation was very easy. Great staff, great cruise, great ship. Less
Room was great. Had lots of room and the larger balcony was nice. We actually had a walk-in closet and a full bathtub. Bed was very comfortable and our stateroom attendant was great. We were located close to the elevator and access to Central Park, which was very nice. It was definitely worth the upgraded price over a regular balcony room.
Port and Shore Excursions
They could skip this port. Very expensive and not really all that much to do in the short time you have. Would have rather gone to their private island, Coco Cay.
We went to Orient Beach. Beautiful beach, with plenty to do if you want to spend a bit more. We had beach chairs with $3 for an umbrella. The included food and one drink was okay. It is a topless beach, but very few were topless. The water was a bit rough they day we were there, but the water temp was great and plenty of sun. Nice relaxing day.
St. John Snorkel/Sail
Did the boat ride to St. John, the ride along the coast looking at beaches and then a trip to Trunk Bay. Could have skipped the boat ride to look at the beaches and just get the taxi to Trunk Bay. Great beach and snorkeling. After snorkeling, we came back to Cruz bay and went to Woodies, Kenny Chesney's hang-out. Fun place with good, cold beer and we had some very good shark bites.