Booked this last minute, 2 weeks prior to sail date of 7/19. Flew to FLL on the 18th, stayed at the HI Express on SR84, been there before, clean room, good breakfast, airport shuttle. They had port shuttle for 8.00 per person but opted for a cab which was much quicker and cheaper....9.00 to the port.
Got to Terminal 18 at 10:30, through security, checked in, up the escalator and took a seat in the Gold section. At 11:30 they started boarding and by 11:45 we were eating in the WIndjammer
This was our 8th cruise, 2 previously on RCI, 2 on HAL, 2 on Celebrity, and 1 on Carnival.
I will start by saying I did a lot of reading of reviews on here and what I found were people nit pick a lot. If you were to believe all you read you would never cruise again.
The ship was amazing, huge but never crowded. People on here say no seats in the Windjammer, odd I never waited once for a seat and the ship was full.....People say MDR food marginal....I thought it was More
good. actually better than my last 2 cruises on Celebrity Solstice. People said the service was poor and the staff looked like they were just going thru the motions? I didn't meet one staff member that wasn't anything but friendly and helpful? People said pools were crowded and there were chair hogs....funny in 7 days I went to the pool everyday and yes on sea days there were quite a few people but I never had problems finding 2 chairs within 20 feet of the pool. I ate in 150 Central Park and Giovanni's Table and both were excellent and worth the upcharge. Entertainment was probably the best on any cruise I have been on. I wont talk on the ports (Labadee, Falmouth, Cozumel) I really didn't do much there had been to all of them before and this trip was more about enjoying the ship. Room attendant did an amazing job, Waiter and Assistant were amazing.
Get the luggage Valet...best 20 bucks per person you will ever spend. Got my luggage tags, bags out of door at 11pm, next time I saw them was on the belt at the airport in Charlotte....no lugging anything around
Disembarkation. Since the bags went luggage valet, we walked off the ship at 6:30am, we were thru customs in under 5 minutes and back to FLL in 10 minutes
Overall amazing week, amazing ship, will definitely sail the Oasis class of ships again. Less
Oasis of the Seas Cruises to the Western Caribbean