Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by flowoflife: The Central Park tour, Relaxation, Entertainment and Tranquility
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The Central Park tour, Relaxation, Entertainment and Tranquility
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Oasis of the Seas did not disappoint. I cruised with my 24 year old daughter, my cruising partner on ten of 20 cruises I've taken. We reserved tickets for each show during the cruise planning process and looked forward to chilling out in the Solarium, working out in the gym, finding quiet areas to read, enjoying our Central Park Balcony, and meeting new people in the MDR. Our expectations were met. Though we were unable to get early seating for traditional dining, we did get a reserved table for 5:45 daily in the My Time Dining Room. I had submitted a Guest Special Needs Form prior to sailing due to my multitude of food allergies. The first night at dinner I had a copy of a the form and the attachment listing my allergies, which I provided to the Head. Apparently, there is a standard procedure to address food restrictions. Each evening after dinner the Head Waiter came to my table and provided me with the next day's menu, from which I would make tentative selections. He would then More
look up the recipes on his smart phone, and let me know if there would be a problem due to ingredients including foods I'm allergic to. I'm allergic to fish (fins and gills), and I was surprised how many shellfish dishes (which is virtually the only "meat" I eat) are made with fish stock. For more than one meal a dish was made for me. This was great, since on past cruises I have either eaten tasteless vegetarian and pasta dishes each night, or ended some nights yawning into Benadryl bliss. The Head waiter had such a wonderful personality and was discrete. He would kneel beside me and joke around, making his visits something to look forward to. Of course, I looked forward to prodding him with an extra gratuity. My daughter and I try to do something new on each cruise. I participated in the Central Park tour, which was exceptional. The horticulturalist for Oasis and her sister ship, Thomas Brownlee, amazed the group with information on how the concept for Central Park came about; the challenges of growing plants in a changing climate;, the testing of plants to be placed aboard the ship; the difference in climate on parts of the vessel and why; issues involving birds, insects, and even a snake that somehow got on board the ship; the amazing Living Wall in Central Park; and interesting plants and decor. The group was shown photographs of the development of Central Park and told about particular plants as we toured the Park. Unlike some events, the tour was rather lengthy. I think anyone with an appreciation of technology, science, or plants would enjoy the tour. My daughter and I went to a state park in St Thomas where she rented a paddle board. Entry to the park was only $4; the shared cab bout $8 each. The ride to the park was quite an adventure and provided a tour of a large part of the island. In St Martin, we spent the day at an all inclusive resort, Sonesto Maho Beach. We spent a wonderful day that began with a breakfast buffet. I took advantage of a water aerobics class before enjoying free cocktails. In addition to the buffet, there were other eating venues, and we lunched on food ordered from the menu at the grill. While lounging under a tree on a chaise, a large iguana fell from a tree onto a lounge two down from me. He stayed to enjoy the chair for over 15 minutes, attracting a large crowd, and eventually slinked into some nearby bushes. I'm so glad he did not fall on me or my daughter! We allowed two hours to get back to the ship by cab since we were told that rush hour begins about 3:00 and we wanted to be aboard by 5:00. Rush hour on a slow paced island is an oxymoron, of course. We were aboard by 4:30, which was a bit close for me. Entertainment aboard ship was fantastic. Hairspray was sensational; as was the headliner and the Aquatheater, and Come Fly with Me. We napped through the Ice Show, taking advantage of the opportunity. I enjoyed the comedy club, which was a great improvement over that aboard the Allure that featured maniacal use of the F-word by a comedian who seemed to need therapy and was not at all funny. Even the MC at the Comedy Show on the Oasis was great. As RCI loyalists, and Cruise Critic commoners, we enjoyed a number of "parties/" I was disappointed in the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle because i thought it would be an opportunity to meet and talk with a number of frequent travelers. It was held in Dazzles, and as attendees entered, they found seats and stayed put. My daughter and I sat near two couples from Austrailia whom I learned did not travel together. Talk about coincidence. Though I did win a raffle prize, an activity to get the group to mingle would have been welcome. For the Captain's welcome aboard party, my daughter and I took advantage of the Rising Tide, knowing that it would stay "in the air" level with the Captain's platform that rolled out of the walls of the Promenade. This provided a great vantage point to see the mass of activity as people continuously paraded fashions. I also participated in the Make a Wish walk, an opportunity to meet a few people, a private hot tub during the morning in Nassau, virtually empty fitness center around lunchtime, and our bottles of wine that we brought aboard under RCI's two bottles per person policy. Although our corkscrew was held as contraband when we tried to bring it aboard, the steward gave us one gratis. This is confusing: we could take over the ship using our corkscrew as a weapon but not the one with the RCi logo??? And as a final positive, the last night in the casino my daughter (who had a $60 casino budget) won on a penny machine, brining home about half the cost of the cruise! As you can surmise based on this write up, Oasis of the Seas was another great cruise that has us looking forward to the next one. Less
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