As always we flew to Ft. Lauderdale a day early. Upon the advise of a cruise critic member we stayed at the Sleep Inn(base price $53) for $69 including all taxes. I called the free shuttle while DH was retrieving the bags from the carousel; the shuttle arrived at the waiting area just as we did. There was an outdoor pool and small fitness area indoors. We asked for and received a king bed no smoking room. The room had a microwave and small refrigerator. The bathroom was a good size. I would classify this hotel as a business man's hotel. We would stay there again. Upon check in the clerk asked what time we would like a shuttle to the pier on Saturday. The first shuttle was 9 AM. We chose 10 AM.
Across the parking lot was a Walgreen's. I purchased a 24 pack of water. It was $.50 less than the 6 pack.
Across the street is a strip mall with 3 or 4 restaurants. I remember an Italian, Spanish American and Asian. It seems like there wan another but I don't remember. We chose the Asian. It is mostly a takeout place but has about 6 tables. The portions are HUGE! DH ordered the shrimp egg foo young and they brought him 3 huge servings. He did not like the gravy that was served with them, but did like the rice. I ordered the Cashew chicken, again enough to feed two people. It was delicious.
DH and I are light packers. We each had one medium suitcase each. Yes, we brought formal clothes, but everything mixed and matched. If an item couldn't be worn at least twice, it didn't go.
While waiting on Saturday morning we visited with 2 other couples who were going to the Oasis. We shared the shuttle. The driver took us to the drop off area. Our bags were taken and we saw them next in our room. No dragging bags looking for a porter. Several carts were lined up and luggage was put with the proper color tag. When that cart was filled, someone took it and replaced with another.
Check in was no less than 5 minutes. It helps that your picture is taken at check in. We were ushered to the platinum area of the lounge area. Coffee and hot tea were served. It would have been nice to have water available. We were on the ship at 11 AM.
Our first stop was the Windjammer for lunch. Next we checked out our table in the MDR. We wandered the ship being amazed at each turn. At 1:30 PM we went to our room. We met our room steward, Rohab. We sayed in an Inside room. We payed an extra $50 pp for the larger room. Instead of 6 inches on each side of the bed we had about 9 inches. CC member recommended having the RS remove the heavy comforter and replace with blankets. So glad we did. DH put the coffee table in the closet and we used it as a shelf.
Afterwards, we continued our explorations. Central Park was a very peaceful area; Broadwalk was noiser as a boardwalk would be. The Carasel is absolutely a work of art. The Promendade was the hub of the ship.
I had to remember that my room and main theatre were in the front of the ship and major eating venues, MDR and Windjammer were in the back. You cannot traverse from front to back on decks 6 and 7 so we had to go to 5, Royal Promenade and walk across and then go up or down.
FOOD: DH and I are not foodies. We like and enjoy good food, but are not overly critical. We ate in the MDR Sunday and Monday night. The appetizers and salads were # 10, but the entrees were barely a 5. We ate at the WJ the remainder of the cruise. I asked one of the officers about tipping. He said to tip the staff of the MDR. He says the Oasis has one of the most fair scheduling of any ship. One week the staff is in the WJ and the next week in the MDR.
We ate lunch at Park City cafe on Monday. I was disappointed in the much raved about roast beef sandwich. DH enjoyed his salad. Another day we had lunch at the Seafood Shack, the seafood gumbo served in a bread bowl was spicy hot, which we like, but was lacking in seafood. Lunch at JR was OK.
The entertainment was absolutely the best ever. Be forewarned. Just because you have a reservation does guarantee good seats. All venues open 30-40 minutes prior to showtime. If you arrive at 10:20 for a 10:45 showtime you will have to hunt for a seat.
Comedy club. We did not go. The description was ADULT entertainment, language and content.
Come Fly With Me: Spectacular show. CC member recommended the 3rd balcony on the port side(if you are facing the stage this will be on your left) as near to the stage as possible. If you are short, you will want to sit on the 2nd or 3rd row in order to see over the rail. A lot of what goes on, goes on in the air.
Hairspray: Great show.
Ocean of Dreams: Again you will want to sit up high in the stands. There are no bad seats, just some are better than others. Again, arrive EARLY. The cast does a comedy show called Splish Splash that is very good.
Ice Show: Dramatization of 6 stories of Hans Christian Anderson. How they do so much in so little space I do not know.
The costuming for all entertainment was spectacular.
There was a Sunday AM video service for protestants and a Friday night Sabbath service.
Embarkation was quick and easy.
Would we sail the Oasis again? If it were not for the cost of airfare, we would go tomorrow.