Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by Nellie49: Cruising again with Royal Caribbean
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Cruising again with Royal Caribbean
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My husband & I are retired and live in Florida & decided to take a last minute cruise to take advantage of fairly good rates on the Oasis of the Seas.The ship is huge.It carries 6,000 passengers at capacity. Having said that,we were lucky to be gold mem-bers so our boarding line was shorter and it was a breeze to get on the ship.(which was nullified when the cruise was over trying to disembark with thousands of people).We lucked out and got cabin 8700 which is on the same deck as Central Park.Central Park has all the specialty restaurants and the Park Cafe.Avoid the crowds and eat at the cafe.It's a good alternative to the dining room and the Windjammer and has no up charge.It has great items for breakfast & lunch. We ate all our dinners in the dining room.We felt the food quality has gone down since we've cruised before,and now they have up charges for premium selections!! We pre-purchased the premium beverage package. It included premium liquors and wine, fountain sodas More
and bottled water.Most cocktails were $8.25 plus tip.Decide if it's worth the $55pp per day.For entertainment we went to Dazzles or Boleros to dance.Oasis offered a few "parties" onboard but also had up charges to attend or wanted you to buy glo-items to bring along. We felt nickeled & dimed.Oasis is a great ship for families. They compete with Disney offering Dreamworks character activities. Book entertainment before cruising.If you are unable to they still have tickets available as soon as you board.In general Oasis for us was not the usual Royal treatment. We preferred Celebrity's Equinox. Less
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Cabin review: 8700
Room had king size bed and couch with small table. Not much drawer space but huge closet and plenty of hangers. Bath had small round shower, toilet, sink and cubbies for toiletries. Large mirror with lights and outlets in cabin area was perfect place to dry hair while someone showers. Nice balcony with 2 chairs and table to relax outside. 8th deck very convenient. Same deck as Central Park so we ate breakfast and some lunches at Park Cafe.
Port and Shore Excursions
We've been to Cozumel before and not much has changed in town. We took a taxi to the end of the shopping district deciding to walk to town center from there. The Cinco des Soles store at that end has very nice Mexican handicrafts. Much better quality than other stores on our way back. We also liked Panama Jacks in the center of town where my husband bought one of the hats so popular today and sold in all the shops in the Caribbean, however, the hats here were better made and came in sizes. We wanted to eat at Carlos & Charlies for old times sake. It is now Señor Frogs. Same food same shtick. We didn't do excursions since we had on our other trips. The taxi ride in our port info said $8 for 4 people which we insisted on even though the driver tried to get $8 from each couple. The return trip from center of town still cost us $8 just for the 2 of us. The driver said no matter where you go in town that's the price.
We didn't take any excursions because we had been to Jamaica several times and had done all the excursions before. The port is basically a Royal Caribbean mall having been built by the company. It has all the stores typically seen in all the caribbean ports. We walked the gauntlet and then decided to go into the town but as soon as we walked through the gates we were hit with an awful smell and turned right around and went back in. Jamaica is not a place we would venture out on our own. We stopped for lunch at Margaritaville and had good food and great entertainment by the DJ. Royal Caribbean should take note. He was better than some of the venues on the Oasis of the Seas.
This is Royal Caribbean's own beach. You walk from the ship to the tram station where you can ride to any of the beach areas. We got on a tram and then realized it was the "express" and went right to Columbus cove which was a very crowded beach. Still, there were plenty of chaises available. Bring a few dollars to tip the guy who brings you your chairs. There are the typical shops throughout where locals sell their wares. We didn't take advantage of the barbecue lunch because the lines were too long and opted instead to head back to the ship. We saw lots of folks enjoying the floating mats but read in another review that there were sea urchins and people suggested buying water shoes onboard before going to the beach. The sand was not the white fine sand you'd like to put your toes into. We did not take any of the "excursions" which were mostly water sport activities.
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