Travelers: My husband and myself (mid 50's - early 60's)- As others have previously said, check-in is extremely efficient. Getting there early is best. Early= 10:45 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Cabin: Deck 10 Boardwalk Balcony - Our cabin was fine for the two of us. Jesus was our cabin steward and did an awesome job. We spent some time in our cabin, but not much. Of course, the bathroom is small. We thought the storage worked well. There was plenty of room for all of our belongings. Don't overstuff the drawers. At the lower bottom of the desk cabinette there was a mesh covering and we could see where someone lost a scarf that went behind the drawer. About noise - We were 8 cabins in from the aft (back) of the ship. If you are noise-phobic, a Boardwalk Balcony may not be to your liking. There will be times of great activity going on which you can hear. We absolutely loved it. We had a great seat for any show happening in the Aqua Theater!
Shows:We booked everything online prior to going. All of our reservations were ready for us upon arrival at every show. While we heard complaints on ship concerning having to make reservations for each show, it is a very equitable way of handling being able to see the shows. You can get in 10 minutes prior by taking seats of those who are "no shows".
Aqua Show - Do NOT miss. We saw Oasis of Dreams. They are working on another one called Splish Splash. There are a variely of shows taking place in the Aqua Theater. We loved the "dancing waters" shows they would do with music in the Aqua Theater. The big screen there is phenomenal!
Come Fly with Me was spectacular as well. The choreography and acrobatic stunts coupled with great props, especially the taxi and airplane, kept you in awe. Hairspray was well done and the cast is unbelievably talented. Headliner Show in the Opal Theater changes weekly. Earl Turner was beyond high energy!
The Ice Show features tales of Hans Christian Andersen. The skater portraying the king in the Emperor's New Clothes is a wonderful entertainer and skater! All of them did a great job, and I cannot fathom having to skate on such a small area and on a moving ship! A break in the middle features a sand artist. I had not seen anyone do this before. It was amazing.
Summer Evening was a show the Royal Caribbean Dancers and Singers did one eveing in the Aqua Theater. It was fun realizing how different some of them looked from the character they portrayed in Hairspray. Great talent!
Excursions: Dragon's Flightline at Labadee, Haiti. I can hardly express in words how magnificent this is!! The trial run they have you do was more nerve racking than the actual line. LOVED IT! We did the 7:30 A.M. one and it was great. Plenty of sun, but not too hot yet. We recommend it. They had ship's photographers taking pictures as we got to the bottom and these were the only photos we bought!
Walking Art Tour - This is held at sea days by the Art Shop staff. Met at the Champagne Bar and walked down the Promenade. The sculptures in plain sight down the Promenade are so interesting. Around the ship are located telecopes which contain 3D pictures and binoculars that contain photos as well. These are done by two artists using photography and are quite interesting. We went down to deck four and worked our way up to the Art Shop on Deck 8 Central Park. Learned wonderful facts about the ship and it's art work and the choice of artists to display their work.
Eating Venues: Everywhere we ate, we thought the food was flavorful. We ate at a variety of places for meals to just give things a try.
Giovianni's Table $ We ate at one day for lunch and very much enjoyed it. I would have ordered differently seeing others meals around. I had the antipasta and baked shrimp. Nothing really that I would super rave about. Just for me, I think I should have been less adventurous and stuck to the Italian dishes I was more familiar with.
Park Cafe is wonderful and easy for a quick lunch. We tried to avoid the usual lunch hour due to the small space and limited seating. Everything from soup to salad to sandwiches. Great desserts as well.
Main Dining Room for breakfast using the a la carte area was tasty and hot. The service we received each evening from our waitstaff Pei, Ben, and head waiter Giorgi could not have been better!
Windjammer - Busy and bustling as usual. We found the food to be very good. What a variety! Ate there one evening for dinner as well.
Johnny Rocket's for breakfast is a good alternative. We had omelets and the raved about potates, which were good, but not over the top.
Solarium Bistro - A healthier style of eating is featured here. We ate here for lunch a couple of times and enjoyed it. It was very quiet the days we ate lunch there which seemed kind of weird, since all of the other places are so active during the service hours. It was a nice change of pace.
Rising Tide Bar was fun and novel to ride. Just had to do this once while enjoying an adult beverage!
Hmm...I thought we did other things on this cruise besides eat! Doesn't look like it from our list of eateries!
Pools: Since we were not traveling with young children, our pool place was the Solarium. If you are in the pool you are fine, otherwise, it was pretty warm in that area. You have to wear flipflops or water shoes of some kind to get from your beach chair to the pools because the surface was so hot it would burn your feet. I do not remember this being the case in any of the fleets other Solarium areas's we've been in. I think because of the number of hot tubs in that area, there is a lot of humidity that is trapped by the glass. Maybe ceiling fans or even surface fans to circulate air in that area would be helpful.
General Thoughts: * We really enjoyed the touch screens around the ship. If you wanted to know a menu of a restaurant or what time an event is happening, no problem. So convenient! * We really appreciated having the Diamond Club available to us. This was our first opportunity to use one on a ship since RCCL changed the qualifications. Great perk that we truly appreciate. * The ship did not seem any more crowded than ships smaller in size. If a show or event was completed, then the usual crowd that any event brings was noticeable. We never felt as though we were waiting an unusually long time for anything. * It was interesting to hear people's perceptions of this large vessel. Some loved it and only now want to do Oasis class; others mentioned they are going back to the smaller class ship. The one distinction the Oasis has is that you somewhat need to plan. If you don't have your heart set on seeing a show and are willing to take a chance that 10 minutes prior you can get in, then the Oasis is not so different from other ships. Where we noticed there seemed to be the most unhappiness was those traveling in large groups - maybe 6 - 8+. Large groups are more challenging whether on land or sea. But my, can people get their dandruff up in a hurry!
Would we cruise the Oasis of the Seas again? Absolutely! This is a phenomenal cruise ship that offers a ton of variety in eateries and activities. This cruise will rank as our most awing and favorite cruise since our first one that hooked us on cruising.