Cruise Critter Labadee Extravagnza: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by GotDrums
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Cruise Critter Labadee Extravagnza
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation was a breeze great direction throughout the terminal we got into Terminal 18 around 10:45am was on the ship shortly after 11:00am. Got Sea Passes in short order then went to a holding area then was pointed toward the ship you come into the ship on the Royal Promenade where unlimited free champagne was waiting for everyone. Went to the Windjammer to get something to eat after meeting with the Critter Clan. Let me say something about the Windjammer here-best service I have ever received in a buffet situation. Great service great food. They really stepped it up here on Oasis. Good flow in lines and it rarely felt crowded. Sadly this could not be stated about the dining room where in my experience service was poor and impersonal. We had My Time Dining and it felt like Their Time Service. Poor service and food in Opus More got a better steak in the Windjammer. But again this was just my experience.
We dropped off our carry on in our cabin and went out to the pool deck. Our room was ready around 12:45 Chen did a great job as our room attendant. Very nice young man and left treats and surprises in out room every night. Muster drill was really a breeze. Sit down and watch a video. Then go. The Oasis in spite of its size was the easiest ship to get around in my experience as a cruiser. By every elevator was a touch screen that had any and everything you could do on ship, dining, things to do, shows,shops every venue on board listed. You just touched the screen on the venue you wanted to go to and then touched MAP IT and it would give you exact directions on how to get there from where you are at. On deck 7 though where our room was you would have to drop one floor or go up one to get back and forth if you come in on the port side.
Shows were world class. Saw them all. Ice show was the best and family friendly. Aqua Theater show was also very well done. Hairspray was well done but not really family friendly in my opinion. Scott Record was great as the headliner. Ken Rush as cruise director though I thought did a really poor job. Serious lack of communication on what was going on activity wise. We had a invitation to a past cruiser event on board ship. But our invitation stated this was for Diamond members which we are not. It was not clear that all past cruisers were invited to this event. Felt kinda ripped off on that one because of lack of clear communication. Captain Bill was the one giving out most of the communication on board ship did not hear Ken at all. Cruise Compass was delivered mid afternoon on that day not night before. Printing problems were blamed on this. Hey its a new ship I understand But that also doesn't excuse a cruise director for not being very personable when every deck hand and regular staff say hi to everyone passing. Again that's just my opinion your experience with Ken Rush may have been different.
Captain Bill Wright is really the heart of this fine ship. Great presence on board very friendly and approachable. All the neighborhoods was great and it was really like being in another world. Take a walk with the one you love through Central Park at night for a great experience. Music was great on board the Austarlian jazz group was exceptional every group booked on board was top notch at what they did though. Opportunity here would be this-we were up on the pool deck (which was great and never felt crowded) the DJ started to crank it up and was shut down after five minutes because the music was drifting down into Central Park and bouncing off the walls which interfered with the string quartet playing for around 40 people down there. They really need to schedule the music so it doesn't conflict with what is going on in another venue. No way acoustically they will be able to have music on the pool deck and Central Park at the same time
All in all a great experience lots of freebies including Inaugural Oasis beach towels as well as a Collector Coke Bottle and lots of other freebies. The ride on this ship was great did not have the usual sway feeling once we got off ship. Last thing I want to say was even with the ship booked with over 5000 people plus crew it never felt crowded. Went to a parade in the Royal Promenade and actually could see the parade with a ton of people gathered around. They really did a great job with using the space to make things flow here. Debarkation was well organized and we were off the ship within 1/2 hour after going to our station in the dining room Great ship you really need to go on it just once for the experience Labadee looks great but it was my first time there. Other I traveled with stated it had changed greatly. Less
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