Although Oasis is the biggest ship in the world, after 8 cruises, I did not expect to be wowed. Well I was. Everything about Oasis is awesome, from its grandeur, to the variety of music, entertainment, food and eating venues.
I was on an RCI European cruise 4 years ago and was not at all happy with the food. This was not the case this time. RCI outdid itself with inspired menus, terrific coffee and great service. They beat Celebrity hands down. There is a lively atmosphere on board and amazingly, no shortage of poolside chairs. T
he only criticism is the frequent lineups at the Windjammer, but with all the choices on board, you don't really need to deal with that. You can party all night long if that's your bag, or chill in Central Park - my favourite place for breakfast. Oasis caters to couples and families. There is a kiddie pool as well as an adults-only solarium. I can't think of a more apt name for this ship. Looking forward to trying out sister ship Allure.
Typical port. Open-air markets, good for non-prescription drug purchases. No free beach, which is annoying. Paradise Beach seemed the best bet (free wifi) but there is a cover charge and you have to take a cab. It's an easy, roughly one-hour walk into town. Good way to burn off those desserts! Took a cab back (US$8). Take water shoes if you have cuz at least one of the beaches is rocky.
Giving this port top marks only because of the Dunn River Falls Excursion. Did it on a previous cruise. Not to be missed. Otherwise, as a port, it's weak. Again, no free beach. Big bucks invested in a big outdoor shopping centre right at the port. Tastefully done. Alcohol well priced, especially rum.
Nice totally relaxing day. If you're squeamish about seaweed in the water, take water shoes. The beach we were on did not have a clean sandy bottom.