I booked this cruise in 2008 around the time the ship was being built through my travel agent. My adult son and adult daughter and her boyfriend also booked.We started our vacation on August 19th and boarded Amtrak at 4:18 pm with my son from Trenton, NJ. We traveled in a sleeper car and arrived in Ft Lauderdale on the 20th around 6 pm. The ride was very comfortable. We headed to the Hilton Marina which is right across the street from the pier. Check in was about 5 mins and we were up to our room and then headed for a pizza place to eat. When we got back, we went for a swim until 10 pm in the hotel pool.
The next day, we gathered our belongings and waited for my daughters call. She was coming in with her boyfriend from LaGuardia airport. She arrived and called me and then we met up at the pier. We all got to the port by cab. Our time for check in went pretty smoothly, it only took about 15 mins to board the ship. When check in got to us, for some reason our photo wouldn't come out, so we had to wait till we boarded the ship and then had our photos taken for our ship card. Our first impression of the ship was WOW, you couldn't tell it was a ship...it kinda looked like a shopping mall to me.
By this time we were all hungry ,so we decided to go to central park and try the roast beef sandwich in the park cafe.I couldn't believe how good the sandwich was...melted right in your mouth and from that day on, I knew I was going to be gaining some weight on this cruise. We spent around one hour looking around the ship and then went to our rooms. We were in a D8 oceanview balcony room 7664...I couldn't believe how great I did at picking a room.....Go down one floor, your in boardwalk, go up one floor your in central park and go down two floors, your in the royal prom. It was so convienent. We were pretty close to the elevators, but never heard a sound. Absolutely loved my room. My son was in an inside, same floor room 7677 and my daughter was in 7501, in the front of the ship.My cabin stewart was named Cat for short...he had a very long name and it was hard to spell. The first night we had the Aqua show booked, but it wss cancelled that night due to staging difficulties and was rescheduled for tuesday.
The next day was our sea day. It was also our cruise critic meeting. It was in Dazzles lounge. We were greeted by a RC employee and had so much fun meeting everyone. We all talked awhile, joked around about what we have been writting about on cruise critic. It just seemed like we knew each other forever. I have made alot of new cruising friends who I want to keep in touch with and hopefully cruise again with them...these were a great group of people. After walking around the ship and finding alot of things to do on the sea day, we also had a reservation to see "Hairspray" which was fantastic...I loved it.
The next day, August 23, we were to arrive in Labadee, Haiti. I woke up early cause I heard the ship docking and took a look out my balcony window and then opened the door an felt the heat hit me in the face. Haiti is an amazing place, but I couldn't help thinking that behind those beautiful mountains there are people still struggling with the disaster that hit them months ago. My husband and I looked around, went to see the Dragon's breath point and then headed for the beach. It was over 100 degrees there, 115 heat index. I floated aound on a mat which is 12 dollars for the day and tried to get some shade in a cabana. I attended the beach bbq and then headed back to the ship to enjoy more time there. My kids were still on an excursion and got back later. I spent alot of my time in the adult area on the ship and in the hot tub hanging over the ship.
Our next port was Costa Maya, Mexico.... I really expected to see more here....there is a beach when you get off the ship, but there are alot of rocks in the water and the water was pretty rough,There also are alot of bugs and I got bit there. We never did get to swim in the ocean. My daughter and her boyfriend rented a golf cart there and went to a beach...when she came back she had a surprise for me....she got engaged...at this point, the whole family was so happy for them. They brought tears to my eyes when they told me. There is a pool along the coast line and we spent some time there and then looked in the shops and went back to the ship to spend more time at the pool...Enjoying the Ship was my main thing to do.
Our next port was Cozumel, Mexico.... We took a cab to Mr. Sanchos beach which was pretty nice, but nothing was included there except they did have a small pool. You can go horseback riding for 30 dollars, do the banana boat and there is a kiddy park with trampolines and activities for the kids, but all for a fee. We didn't buy anything there and was told if we didn't buy a drink we had to move our chair to another part of the beach away from the bar...we stayed awhile and then took another cab to San Miguel to do some shopping. While we were there, we visited Margarittaville. I bought some gifts and in the back there is a swimming area. Alot of the excursions are there...such as helmit dive and diving. Me and my son did some snorkeling, but then again, the water was rough. We ordered a soda there and then I realized after drinkiing it, the ice cubes were made with their water...Oh well, I thought for sure we would all get sick, but so far we didn't.
Here is alittle about the ship...Oasis is amazing.The service is great, the food is fantastic and everything was just so perfect. I do have to mention the ship is so clean and still looking very new. We experienced all the show except the aqua show cause our dining staff was talking with us. Our dining room waiter was Michelle and Gail was our assistant waiter. The cruise director, Richard Spacey was so funny....loved him. The Capt. was also a pleasure.... We attended the ice show...a don't miss, the 70's party, and all the parties in the royal prom...all very colorful and fun.T There was a concert movie in the Aqua theater that we attended. We saw a show staring Kenny James from star search, he has a great voice and loved the show. We attended the Capts. question and answer session which was also interesting.
Our disembarkment went smoothly, we did the walk off because our train was to arrive early. Our trip home was 30 hours total, but it was worth it and still very comfortable on Amtrak. I have nothing more to say about this beautiful ship and I'm hoping to get to cruise again with Royal Caribbean on either the "Oasis" again or the newer ship Allure of the Seas. I'm am sure missing those roast beef sandwiches.