We just returned from our cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean. Everyone enjoyed the cruise. We traveled with a group of 4 couples from Denver.
Pre-Cruise- We stayed at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. Beautiful resort, pool, beach access.
Embarkation-We were booked in a suite, so special lines and seating areas were assigned. We arrived about 11AM, and were allowed on the ship by 11:30AM.
Stateroom: 7260 (Grand Suite) was a very nice room (371 s/f, plus a large balcony, with table two chairs and two loungers). Other couples stayed in Junior suites on the port side in the "Hump". They were happy with their rooms, as well. Deck 7 mid-ship was a great place to have a stateroom: one deck up to Central Park, one deck down to Boardwalk, two decks down to Promenade. Aft elevators took us down to the Opus for dining, and up to the windjammer or pools.
Public Areas: everything was well maintained and clean.
Food: We chose not to try any of the specialty dining on-board, but ate exclusively in the Opus Dining room. The food was average when compared to Holland America, but still very tasty. The sheer number of meals prepared daily might be the cause.
Shows: We saw all of the major shows, and you can see that Royal Caribbean spent more money on entertainment than food. We pre-booked all of the shows before leaving. There was always a stand-by line to get in, and your seats were given away if you were not there five minutes before showtime.
Ports: Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten. We took a ferry boat in Nassau to a private island, they fed us lunch, and everyone just relaxed on the beach, explored dophins and sea lions exhibits also. St Thomas: We took the champagne catamaran to snorkle. It was very fun. We saw turtles, stingrays, and many colorful fish. St Maarten: We chose to have taxi take us around the French and Dutch sides of the island.
Debarkation: As suite guests, we could leave anytime before 10:30am. Going through customs went fairly smoothly. Expect about a 30 minute time-frame to get out to the curb. We stayed one more night at the Marriott Harbor Beach resort, then returned to Denver the next day.
Summary: Althought the ship was at full capacity (5400 guests, 2400 crew), we never felt crowded except during the emergency drill. We all loved the ship, and we would consider another one in the future.