Our first live view of Oasis was from several thousand feet up on an Air Tran 717. It was amazing, and even more so about half an hour later as we pulled up to the terminal. They really do build incredible. Pictures and live shots do not do this ship justice. Seeing is believing!
We were fortunate to be on the naming ceremony cruise. Check in was incredibly simple. For the one night we stayed in a Boardwalk Balcony and had great views of the ceremony. Seating was open in the Dining Room and we enjoyed a great meal with a fabulous dessert presentation.
Since we were staying on, we were required to meet in the Dining Room the next morning with other back-to-backers. We were escorted off in small groups and led to check-in. There was only one slight problem here, but it did not ruin our cruise in any way. When we checked in the previous day, the worker in the terminal told us we would be staying in the Boardwalk Cabin for the 4 night cruise. He was mistaken. We were given new Sea Passes for our Ocean view balcony, which we also loved. Our only problem was that we had unpacked completely since we were told this would be our cabin for the entire 5 nights. The Boardwalk cabin was already booked, so we turned this into an advantage by getting our stuff moved down the hall to the new cabin before anyone else was allowed in theirs, which is usually 1:00pm. We then set out for lunch and more exploring of the Oasis.
Food: We absolutely loved the Park Cafe. Fresh and delicious, both for breakfast and lunch! It was never crowded when we were there, which was a lot! The salads could really become a habit if you enjoy them, and the breakfast paninis are incredible. We ate in the Windjammer twice for breakfast only. It was good and plentiful. One morning we ate breakfast in the dining room and were not really impressed. The food wasn't as fresh as it could be. We ate nightly in the dining room. The menu hasn't really changed at all, and we enjoyed our favorites. We booked one specialty restaurant this trip, Giovanni's Table. It was really nice to be able to go to lunch there and the $10 surcharge is well worth it. We also enjoyed the pizza from Sorrento's and the sandwiches from the Cafe Promenade.
Cabin: Even though all balcony cabins are the same size, the Boardwalk Balcony cabin seemed smaller. The closet being directly to the bed seemed to cut off the room. In the D5, the couch was next to the closet and that seemed to give the illusion of more space. We found the storage to be plentiful for the two of us. The outlet is underneath the vanity, which we liked. Not so much clutter on top that way with cords, etc. The beds were very comfortable and the decor tasteful. The bathroom is pretty much the same, just newer!
Entertainment: It was so wonderful to be able to reserve this online prior to our cruise! We decided to see the Ice Show and the Aqua Theater Show. They scan your sea pass card and you go find a seat. There is a separate line for those with no prior reservations. Both shows were fantastic! I also heard great things about Hairspray, so there is plenty to see. The night of the naming ceremony we went to the Comedy Show. It was pretty good for the first time out. Blaze is not to be missed afterward. They have great music going in there until very late. The nightclub in the Solarium is outstanding too. Great people watching! We made a good donation to the casino this cruise as well, which was very large.
Labadee: This was our first trip here and we loved it! The zip line is something everyone should try at least once. It was a terrific and relaxing day and we can't wait until we return there in June next year.
Crew: Very nice and very willing to please. Always a "good morning" and friendly smile. The Captain and the CD were very visible throughout the cruise.
Cruise Critic: We had a very large group of Critters on this sailing and it was great to meet everyone from online. A Meet and Mingle was arranged, but there was a miscommunication with RCI. We were unable to go to the second meeting that was the "real" M&M.
We are trying to figure out a time to cruise again on Oasis or Allure with our two teenagers. They would absolutely love this ship as they usually cruise with us and love it as much as we do! It's a fantastic ship and we found it very easy to get around. The keel of Oasis was laid on my birthday in 2007, and I was glad to celebrate this year's on board this amazing ship!