Many Fun Things To Do While Relaxing: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by pegster2
Overall Member Rating
Many Fun Things To Do While Relaxing
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Boarding the ship was easy. The baggage handlers took our luggage when we arrived at the port to take to our rooms. Once inside the port you will stop at one of the 'check-in stations', depending on what floor you have been pre-assigned, and submit the credit card you will use for all charges you incur aboard ship. They'll take your photo for your seapass card purposes. You will use this seapass card for everything on the ship (your stateroom key, boarding, going off the More ship for the island stops, purchases, getting into the shows on the ship, etc.) I recommend you take a photo of your seapass card (front & back) when you receive it, just to keep in case you are one of the few who happen to lose it on an island stop. The photo you took of your seapass card may help you get back on board ship, if you happen to lose it.
As soon as you board, take your carry-on to your room and then go have lunch. Free breakfast (until 10:30am), lunch (until 3:30pm) dinner (I believe starts at 5:30pm) is available at the Windjammer Restaurant (Flr 16) or the Park Cafe (Flr 8). Windjammer is buffet style and I recommend as soon as you enter, grab a pre-wrapped silverware/napkin bundle for each of you and look for a spare table..set your silverware down to hold your table, to go find food you want to eat!.....tables fill up fast. Their soups are great and a nice variety of both hot & cold foods, make your own salads, etc. for lunch. The Windjammer is also open for dinner if you do not choose to east at the Dining Room. I recommend eating in the Dining Room (Flr 5, 4, 3) each night for their gourmet food. There are chef recommended specials for each night, as well as standard choices for each day if you don't want to try something new. The Escargot is fantastic. The presentation of the food and quality is great. Lobster Tail dinners are on Thursday night. The Park Cafe (lunch) is make-your-own-salad, pre-made sandwiches, fruit cups and hot roast beef specialty sandwiches with au jus (wonderful)! Also they have fresh bakery items to choose from with 2 choices of soup of the day. The Solarium Cafe (Flr 15) has a healthy choices menu for breakfast (turkey sausage, etc.) Free 24-hr pizza is available on Deck 5 at Sorento's pizza.. I didn't care much for the thin crust pizza ..they only offered cheese/ cheese & pepperoni/ hawaiian. They serve it by the slice. Free mini sandwiches/cookies also are available on Deck 5 at the Promenade Cafe. If you happen to miss breakfast cut-off, or lunch cut-off time, or even dinner cut-off time, you can always get pizza or mini-sandwiches on Deck 5 at either of these two cafes. There are 2 formal nights during the 7 night cruise. You can choose to wear fancy & formal or a regular dress. Some people wear sequins & tuxes...we chose not to dress up fancy but wore dress & dress pants/shirt. The rest of the nights were casual dress in the dining room. The other free restaurants are always casual. There are specialty restaurants located on other floors of the ship where you will be charged for the meals....these are top of the line gourmet food (steaks, Italian, or Izumi Restaurant for sushi specialties. However, the free dining places offered (that is included in your cruise price) are a great choice if you don't want to spend extra money on dining.
You can buy a soda package, mixed drink/beer packages (pretty costly). However, in each of the cafes/restaurants, you'll get free ice tea, lemonade, ice water, Windjammer has sometimes flavored water (pre-poured in glasses)...help yourself at the buffet. Pack your own drink mug and you can save money by filling your own drink mug with tea/lemonade/water, etc. The bar drinks are expensive. The waiters around the pool are pushing daily drink specials. You charge these drinks to your seapass card and the waiter runs it through his credit card machine and your sign the receipt. Please look closely at the receipt because each drink includes its own gratuity already added to your purchase. Some people didn't look at their receipt and notice this, and tipped the waiter again on top of the gratuity that was already included.
There are at 4 swimming pools on Deck 15. One is designated a kids pool. I recommend you bring an old t-shirt from home and put it on the back of a deck chair where you want to lay out, it helps you to remember where your chairs are and so someone else doesn't take your chairs when you leave shortly to have lunch. Pool towels are available on Deck 15. There are 3 hot tubs inside the Solarium Flr 15, and 3-4 more along side the swimming pools. The water was not as hot as I like but it was nice.
The live entertainment shows in the Opal Theatre were very good. I recommend you book your shows before you leave for the cruise (seats fill up fast). We saw the Broadway play "Cats" (offered 3 shows during cruise), "Come Fly With Me" (2 shows during cruise) and a Headliner show (2 times during cruise). The headliner (Las Vegas entertainer... Mr. Tilman) was an excellent show (great music, comedy, great entertainment!). There is free zip-lining on the ship (first come first serve basis), rock climbing wall, ice skating, wave runner, basketball courts, putt-putt golf.
There is a daily newsletter placed in your room. Make sure you read it before the day begins. There are so many little mini-shows, Dreamworks characters parade at various locations/times..you don't want to miss special events. Some of the bars have live entertainment, party music, special mini-shows in the Comedy Club, Jazz on 4, so much entertainment, karaoke, etc.
For those who get a little seasick, stop by the Front Desk and ask them for some seasick pills...they'll give you a packet or two rather than buying it (charging to seapass card) in their drugstore.
The casino on Deck 4 is ok...didn't pay out very well for me. Make sure you put your seapass card in the slot machines while you play, to earn points. If you earn 2400 points during your cruise, you will win a free cruise. They also offer bingo (pricey to play game) but you could win cash and/or a cruise.
Our cabin room was always well kept and freshly made-up, towels replaced as you needed. When you leave your room for a little bit and want it made up, put the little card they supply (behind inside of your door) that states "make-up the room"in your door key slot, or if you want privacy, put the little card in your door slot (keyhole) that says, "do not disturb", and they won't freshen your room or knock to ask. The room attendants are very courteous (even remember your name) and helpful and if you forget any small item (shower cap, etc.), they'll get it for you. We asked for an extra pillow and it was taken care of immediately. The pillows are a bit small so I used 3 pillows.
The easiest way to get across the ship was to go up to Deck 15 and walk across the pool deck to get to the other side and go down those elevators to the floor you want. You can also cut across the ship on Deck 5 (Promenade). There is a small smoking section on Deck 15. There is also a Spa/Beauty Salon on Deck 8. They offer many things besides massages, facials.....teeth whitening, skin treatments, etc., (pricey). However, on the last day of the cruise, the Spa offers a discounted massage/facial package.
If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary during your cruise, make sure you tell them when you book, and in the formal dining room at dinner, you will be serenaded by the waiters during your dinner with a special slice of cake.
The ships photographers take your photos throughout the cruise (during formal dinners, meet & greet with characters, as you exit ship for island stops, etc. They create a personalized photo book organized by room # and you can buy these photos (pricey). We used our iphones and took our own photos to save money.
You can also book excursions (booth is on Deck 5/Promenade). They offer many varieties of excursions on the island stops. We ended up booking a 'swim with the sea lions' on St.Thomas...$140 each person. They say to book excursions early (before your cruise....you can book on their website) or on the first day or 2 of your cruise, because they say they sell out fast.
Bahamas island stop - walk off the ship directly to shopping area. You will encounter a lot of vendors offering cab rides, scooter rentals, horse/carriage rides...all coming at you at once. Just walk through the and directly into the main street shopping stores/restaurants.
St. Thomas - once you disembark the ship, you will need to take a 'cab' to the downtown shopping area. The cost is $4/person each way. Their cabs look like a F150 trucks with rows of seats built on to it. St.Thomas is the biggest of the 3 island stops for shopping. Royal Caribbean promotes big time, to shop at the stores they suggest. If you are going to buy any jewelry, cameras, binoculars, watches, etc., I would recommend you buy it in St.Thomas.
St.Maarten - once you disembark the ship, you will need to take a water taxi to the island ($8 each) roundtrip. The beach right where you are dropped off by the water taxi is really nice. Different vendors will rent you 2 chairs with an umbrella for $15 (with free wifi)... some will throw in 2 beers & 2 sodas for an additional $10. Just walk along Boardwalk street the length of the beach and pick a beach spot you like. The vendors will approach you with their chair rental sales pitch. Also, there are vendors walking on the beach asking you to buy their wares while you are sunbathing. There is a magical place to visit if you are a Star Wars fan. Just 1 block in from the beach on Front Street is "That Yoda Guy" Movie Exhibit & shop. Artist Nick Maley who assembled Yoda for Star Wars, has movie memorabelia (Darth Vader, relics from Terminator, Men in Black and has the actual face lifecasts from Harrison Ford, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Jack Nicholson...much much more movie relics. $10 entry fee (well worth it) but if you buy any signed movie memorabelia worth $40, you get free entrance to museum.
Disembark cruise - If you can carry your luggage yourself, I recommend doing the self-assist disembark process, where you walk off the ship, carrying your own luggage if you have an early flight home (before noon). They allow you to disembark yourself from 6:45am to 7:45am only. If you do not choose self-assist, then you will leave your packed suitcases (not carry-on) outside your stateroom, the night before your departure (before 11:00pm). The morning of your departure, you will be notified where to assemble, and what time you can begin disembarking the ship. Your stateroom attendant will give you your disembark tags with your disembark # printed on it, the night before. When you disembark ship at the time you are given, you will locate your own luggage in the holding area of dock, and then proceed to customs.
The Oasis is the biggest ship and well maintained. The service is exceptional. Less
Cabin review: D6 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Upon entering stateroom with Ocean View/balcony, there were 2 single beds pushed together to make 1 double bed. The balcony had a small round table with 2 chairs. Our stateroom also had 1 chair - no couch, and 2 side tables. The room was perfect for 2 people...not too much room to move around. Luggage can be stored under the bed for more open space. Plenty of hangars in closet. Room safe...you set your own 4-digit pin. The room temperature was great....air conditioning shut off when you have your balcony door open. Plenty of hot water, good water pressure in shower. They supplied shampoo and hair dryer. Small room refrigerator was not very cold. A good tip would be to ask room attendant for an ice bucket and fill with ice and keep in the refrigerator to "up the cold factor", if you keep any bottles of soda or water in refrigerator. The TV's about a 35" screen with remote are interactive. You can view your account at any time for charges to your account, watch CNN, or TBS, Cartoons, also channels in French, Spanish, German, etc. Also check for any messages from the cruise lines with specials. The phone in the room is your only clock. It is set to "ship time". Synch your watch with "ship time" if going off to an island stop...some islands are 1 hr difference...so you get back to ship on time (ship time). Mandatory Gratuities are paid separately from the cruise price. We pre-paid our gratuities before departure ($13.50 each day, per person). These are split between waiters/room attendant. They leave small envelopes in your room if you want to tip 'extra', for above & beyond service to individuals and you can deposit those envelopes in a special mailbox at the Front Desk before you get off the ship at cruise end.Read All Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony (D6) Reviews >>