Best of the Best: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by NancyC

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Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
PRECRUISE:This was the 3rd of 3 b2b2b cruises. Sailed Grandeur on a 4 nighter out of FLL, transferred to Miami with SAS, sailed Majesty on a 4 nighter, returned to FLL with SAS, stayed 1 night at Sheraton FLL airport and used Royal Caribbean transfer to FLL cruiseport. This was our only problem with the entire trip. Our Royal Caribbean transfer to the cruiseport was to pick us up between 1l:30 and 12:00. When they still weren't there at 12:25 I called RCC and after several minutes on the phone I was advised that they couldn't get them to answer the phone and I could take a cab and they would reimburse me. The Sheraton bellman told us that they were quite often about an hour late and that it would be a big bus. We took a cab and it was only $20 and we didn't have to wait while they loaded a large bus with passengers and luggage.

ARRIVAL AT PORT: Arrival at port was smooth and getting on the ship was very easy, about 10 minutes total. Because of Hurricane Tomas passing by the More Captain changed our Nassau port to the end of our cruise instead of the beginning of the cruise, which I think is a better fit for this cruise. We could spend the first two days getting to know the ship, rather than in port.

SHOWS: We had prebooked our shows (these can be booked about 90 days ahead of time online) and we were glad we did. We did late seating for dinner although we prefer early dining because it seemed to fit with show times better. We heard a Diamond member who didn't know to prebook shows complaining about missing shows and having to stand in the standby line for the shows to try and get a seat. We did do the standby line for the Comedy show (we arrived 30 minutes early) and got in after a 15 minute wait. I don't think they prebook all of the seats eventhough they will close online prebooking. There shows are like Las Vegas shows. The Come Fly With Me Show is amazing.

OUR CABIN (BOARDWALK VIEW): This cabin had the best of both worlds to me. It had a view at the back at the water, a view of the water shows (which we watched from our balcony) and a view of the activities on the boardwalk. Our cabin was third from the back of the ship and a long walk to the elevator, but we liked it. The activities on the Boardwalk were kid parades, Johnny Rockets waiters dancing, the diving show, clowns making balloon animals, and the carousel.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: WOW!!! Shows, friendliness of crew, cleanliness of the ship, and the dining room. The public areas were above my expectations: LARGE and BEAUTIFUL. The ship only felt crowded in the Windjammer. We didn't return there we learned there were so many other dining venues that we didn't use the buffet and enjoyed eating at different venues for each meal and we only dined at free venues. (Windjammer, Dining Room, Promenade Cafe, Park Cafe, Johnny Rockets for breakfast, Solarium, Donut Shack, and Sorrento's. Sorrento's and the Park Cafe were our favorites. I truly forgot I was on a ship which is my only negative about this ship. It has very little outside deck space. From the pool and sports deck you are so high up you lose the feeling of the sea. Deck 5 has a wraparound jogging track, but it is behind the life boats and only has limited views of the sea and no sitting areas. Everything else was A+. Less

Published 11/16/10

Cabin review: B19325 Boardwalk View Stateroom with Balcony

Great view of Boardwalk and ocean, quiet at the end of the hallway, long walk to the elevator

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Port and Shore Excursions

As we have been to Nassau several times, we took a cab over to the Atlantis. These are vans and won't leave until the van is full. We didn't see any regular cabs available. We walked around the Atlantis, viewed the aquariums underwater and walked outside above the aquariums and then enjoyed some gambling. This port is easy to do without an excursion. We got a cab to return to the port, shop in the stores and the straw market.

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We prebooked with Bernard's tours who we found on these boards. Because of the difference in local time and ship time due to daylight saving time, we were 30 minutes late. However there were still 50 people later than us. Meeting location was easy to find and we waited a couple of minutes and were lead to our 25 passenger bus to begin our tour. Our guide, Guizmo, was friendly, informative, and entertaining. Beverages were freely offered, although there was no diet soda. Offerings were water, coke, beer and rum punch. Rum punch was so strong no one had more than one. I did find it funny while at a beach stop we saw Guizmo scraping the label off of the bottle he called rum punch before offering it. We first stopped at a beach to talk to a local man who showed us many sea urchins, starfish, etc. Our beach stop was for 2 hours which passed quickly, just watching the nudists walk by was entertaining. If you have children or this offends you just walk further down the beach away from the nudist area. The water and beach were clean and the sand was soft. This is a broad beach area and you can walk a long way down the beach. Chairs and umbrellas are available for rental. Restrooms are available for 50 cents or as a package with the chair and umbrella and one drink. Food is readily available for sale. We stopped for shopping and had another stop to view the planes landing over the beach. I feel we had a great overview of St. Maarten with Bernard's tour. I highly recommend him if you are looking for a tour on St. Maarten.

Took a cab to Maagen's Bay for $9 per person. Cab organizers group passengers into open air vehicles according to your destination. Not sure of the safety of these vehicles. Going our driver drove fast over hilly, windy roads. On our return we were able to sit inside the cab in the air conditioning with the driver and were told the driver and passenger had to wear seatbelts by law. We laughed because of all of the passengers in the back bouncing in the openair vehicle. This female driver drove much more sensibly. The beach was beautiful with all necessary facilities. Chairs and umbrellas were available for rent. There was a restaurant, restroom and dressing facilities. The water was rough and you had to get passed the breaking waves in order to enjoy the ocean. Once you did it was a pleasant experience, although we saw one woman roughly thrown down in the surf trying to wade out passed the break. This is a broad horseshoe beach in a beautifully tropical area.

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