We travel the day before the cruise to stay at Pier 66. The hotel was close and a good clean place to relax before our 9 days at sea! We left the hotel about 11:00 am and it was a quick 5 minute drive to the dock. Embarkation was quick only taking about 15 minutes to be on-board. We began by exploring the ship making our way to the room sometime after 4:00 pm to find our luggage in our cabin. Our cabin steward was the best!! Roberto went the extra to make sure everything was comfortable and answered any all of our questions. We found plenty of room for our clothes and the bed was very comfortable. The balcony overlooking central park was really nice in the evenings.
We took dinner in the main dinning room three of the nights and found it very good. We scheduled dinner at the Solarium Bistro one evening(romantic) four stars, Chef's Table one evening(very very nice) five stars plus, 150 Central Park(nice but not the Chef's Table)four stars, Giovanni's for lunch(very family) four stars plus. We also ate lunch at the Seafood Shack and Johnny Rockets neither would score above one stars. I would say in looking back I would have eaten more in the dinning room leaving only one or two nights to the Chef's table a must and either 150, Solarium or Giovanni's. Breakfast was taken either at the Solarium or the Windjammer.
We took in all the entertainment and it was very good. I would suggest booking it online before the cruise because seating was limited. We had no problems getting great seats 20-30 minutes before show time
The deck chairs were somewhat a problem. Most people seem to want to reserve the chairs all day with a towel. The deck patrol did not monitor this problem however with a little wait we always found two chairs.
People on the cruise were mostly international travelers with only about 1,000 English speaking people. It was a mix of Europeans and mostly South Americans to make up the balance. We found the South Americans to be very family oriented and friendly. We enjoyed the mix of people on the cruise. We found the mix of different cultures very educational and one of the highlights of the cruise.
The Spa and Workout centers were very nice and we used them everyday. The gym got crowded by 8:30 am so it was best to make it an early workout each day. The spa was more easily scheduled.
All the ports of call were typical. But one gem we found on this trip was the Graycliff Hotel in Nassua. It was a very romantic place to spend a few hours with a cigar factory, and one of the largest wine collection in the world. A five star lunch is included and it can be found on shore trips excursions.
De-embarkation was a breeze. We choose to do the early exit with our luggage between 6:15 and 7:30. We had no problem taken our luggage straight through customs and to our taxi on to the airport.
Our hats are off to the crew of the Oasis for a great Holiday Cruise!!!!