2013-11-23 Oasis of the Seas – Cruise Critic Review
This was our 9th cruise since Feb. 2012. We have sailed on Carnival, Celebrity and Princess, but mostly on Royal Caribbean. We are older seniors and don’t do Rock Wall Climbing or Flow Riders.
We are Snow Birds from NY and spend the winter in Florida. We drove our car and parked at Park and Go. They handled our luggage and gave us prompt service both coming to and leaving the ship. A good experience.
I loved the Oasis!! It’s big and beautiful – easy to navigate (thanks to lots of signage and the electronic touch screen directories). Central Park was amazing. This is where the Specialty Restaurants and the marvelous Park Café are. As you look up, you can see the sky. The Promenade was where all the action took place. We didn’t spend much time out by the Aqua Theater because we had some rain. Speaking of rain, we had some high winds and seas, but this was the most stable of ships. No motion on the ocean.
Because this was the Thanksgiving cruise, the ship was filled to capacity with families. Over 6,200 cruise mates! We never experienced crowding. Many times during the cruise, we had the elevator all to ourselves!
Our balcony cabin was smaller than others we’ve had but we made do. The 32 inch flat screen TV was appreciated. Our bed was comfortable with its foam topper and silky sheets. Our room stewardess “Angelique” was competent and cheerful. All the carpets on the ship were in excellent condition and very clean.
Room Service – The cheese and crackers plate is delicious. An assortment of fine cheeses, grapes, walnuts and crackers went with our afternoon wine. Elegant!
We had My Time Dining at 5:30. Not our choice, because we were bumped by RCCL from the 6pm set dining. This had been set originally by our travel agent and when I discovered that it had been changed, RCCL would not change it back. Not a good scenario. We adjusted to the 5:30 time and had a nice table for two and were excellently served by Marlon and Denzil. We would rate the food EXCELLENT – especially in the dining room. We sometimes enjoyed breakfast in the Solarium and ate in the Windjammer infrequently. Park Café was a favorite because of their wonderful salads and their famous roast beef sandwich. Desserts were marvelous where ever we ate. Don’s favorite was his Baba au Rhum.
The shows were super! Hairspray was a first class, professional production that would rival Broadway. I couldn’t have been more pleased. Frozen in Time, the ice skating show was my next favorite. Fabulous costumes, beautiful skating and a magical theme. The girl that did the sand painting was extraordinary. Don’t miss it! In fact, ALL of the shows, comedy, etc. were very worthwhile. BUT…I laughed the most at the Cake Decorating Competition held on the Promenade. I won’t tell you about it…just be sure to see it.
The ports of call…Labadee was very hot and we only took the free tram ride around the island which was interesting. We didn’t stay for the lunch. Back to the air conditioned ship. Jamaica – we’ve toured it before, so we just walked around the port shops. Hot, again. Cozumel – it was so windy – maybe 40mph – so we just walked around the new port shops. We wanted to buy medicine, but were told that we needed a prescription. Then we were told we could get them without a prescription if we went downtown by taxi. What’s going on here?
In summation, this was a wonderful ship and cruise. We’ll be going on her sister ship, the Allure, in January. The Oasis is fabulous!!