Oasis in December: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by PeterPan
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Oasis in December
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Precruise: We stayed on the Hyatt Place North. This hotel was in a good location, with many dining options within walking distance. We walked to Bimini Boatyard and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. I can recommend both the hotel and the restaurant to anyone looking for a nice place to stay and eat. We used a taxi to get from the hotel to the terminal, only because I don't like to arrive to the terminal in a mass group of people. The Hyatt North offers a shuttle to the pier at no cost.
Embarkment: I read about it on Cruise Critic, but still couldn't believe how easy check in and boarding was. We were on the ship within 20 minutes of our arrival at the terminal. We arrived fairly early, and had a wait of about 10 minutes in the Platinum waiting area of the terminal.
The Ship: HUGE! This is one BIG ship. we enjoyed our week, but definitely needed More more time to see and do some things. There is a lot of walking to get places. This didn't bother us, but be aware if you have mobility issues. The Oasis is still in wonderful condition. The crew is constantly cleaning and painting just like every other Royal Caribbean ship we have sailed. We did not experience many long lines. The wait at guest relations could be rather long, but we worked around the crowded times for the things we needed there.
The Staff: In a word - GREAT! I had read about perceptions of unfriendly staff, but we certainly didn't see that. Everyone from Officers to maintenance personnel smiled and gave a "hello" when we passed. There is some relatively new staff members due to personnel moving to Allure, but the new staff is working well. We met several (including our asst. waiter) who came on board at the same time we did. A little tip - if you learn that a staff member is new, a little understanding and a few words of encouragement go a LONG way. We had no problems of any kind with any of the staff. We did meet one of our favorite bartenders from our past cruises. It was nice to spend time with him again. We also learned that the bartenders rotate positions every two weeks. This is to even out the work load, as some locations are very busy, and others not so much. There are a total of over 40 bars on this ship that serve guests their requested drinks. Some are just not visible to the passengers.
Dining: We ate in the MDR all except for 2 nights. We got very good service in the MDR, and good to very good food (in our opinion). Giovanni's Table was excellent, and Chops was the best we have experienced on RCI ships. We also ate in Johnny Rockets, the Seafood Shack, Park Cafe, and Windjammer. Much has been written already on these venues. If you have specific questions, let me know!
Stateroom: We had a D1, Center "hump". There was a lounge chair already on the balcony, as well as the normal 2 chairs and table. The "normal" height table was very nice for breakfasts on the balcony. Overall the stateroom felt a bit smaller than other ships. There is a fair amount of storage, but it is "different" than other ships. Also, the safe seemed smaller. That could be my memory starting to fail though. The room was fine, and the interactive TV was much more useful than on our previous ships.
Entertainment: Overall very good. We enjoyed the Aqua Theater show, as well as Come Fly With Me. In my opinion, you should get a center stage seat on the lowest level for Come Fly With Me. The "effects" would be much better. Most liver entertainment on the ship was good to very good. The pool band was outstanding!
Ports: We parasailed in St Thomas. Our tour in St Maarten was cancelled due to lack of participation (not RCIs fault). We stayed on the ship in Nassau. Weather was good most of the cruise. See the Ports of Call section on Cruise Critic for more information on these ports.
Disembarkation: Easy. We did have a short wait for Customs to show up and process passengers. Once the officers arrived, it went quickly. We caught a cab and went to the airport. It was no more difficult than any other cruise we've done, but not necessarily ant better either.
Summary: A fun cruise with our family. We enjoyed Oasis, and would entertain the thought of booking either Oasis or Allure in the future. That will have to wait until 2012 at the soonest, as our cruising schedule is already booked for 2011! A beautiful ship, good weather, friendly crew, and plenty of good food combined to make more memories for my family! Less
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