Oasis of The Sea March 19, 2011: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by ColoCruise
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Oasis of The Sea March 19, 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation & Disembarkation:
Probably the smoothest I've experienced on any of our trips, we arrived at the pier at 10:30 and were on the ship by 11:00, having lunch at the Park Cafe at 12:00 and on the flow rider by 1:00. Disembarkation went just as smooth, they start getting everyone off the ship at 7:00am and the last groups are scheduled at 9:30, they do have the program that lets passengers keep their luggage in the cabin with them and exit as early as 6:30am, I meet someone at the airport that had gone that route to make sure he didn't miss his flight, we started the process at 9:15 and were at the airport by More 11:00.
There are lots of options for eating on the ship. With all of the choices we for food did not go to the windjammer at all on the cruise and only went to a couple of the restaurants that have a cover charge.
Park Cafe: Probably our favorite, great roast beef sandwiches, very good salads made to order, lots of snacks, a variety of healthy food choices. There options for breakfast are very well also, I don't think we ever waited more than a couple of minutes in line.
Solarium Bistro: Great healthy breakfast, quieter than most of the other venues. They have juices and healthy food throughout the day.
Wipeout Cafe: Typical burgers and dogs, they do have a good hot dog in a pretzel bun and Nachos!
Seafood Shack: Good Appetizers, average lunch food, what you would find at a place in most towns for seafood
Izumi: I'm not a big sushi eater but my sons wanted me to try it. I was pleasantly surprised.
150 Park Central: If you want to be treated to a 6 to 8 course meal that is exceptional I would recommend you go here one evening. We went as a group and spent about 3 hours having dinner and had an great night.
Dining room: To me the staff makes the dining room good or bad, the food here is the same as what you would see on most cruise ships but the people taking care of you can make the difference. They were friendly and very accommodating.
Shows: Don't miss them and make your reservations before you board, watch for them to open about 60 days before you cruise. We had our reservations made for Hairspray, Headliner show, Oasis dreams, and the 4th show which I forgot the name of. They were all very good, there will be one more called splish splash they will announce once you are on the ship, go see it.
Excursions: this is one area that they can work on, Labedee was okay basically a day at the beach. This was the first time that the Oasis went into Falmouth and it felt like it, Falmouth made a holiday of it and the streets around the area were jam backed, the people were very friendly and they were not overwhelming but I think the vendors running the excursions were, we went snorkeling over at Montego Bay and had a lot of fun once we got there.
Cozumel was an issue, the excursion over to Tulum was great, once we got back to the port we had about an hour and a half to get back on the ship, there was easily 1,000 people trying to through the custom gates. At about 30 minutes before the all aboard time some security from the Oasis came down and they called everyone up to the front to go though, there were several hundred still behind us. I don't know if that's been a problem before but it was on this trip.
We found the ship easy to navigate, there are plenty of activities for everyone and deck chairs are plentiful. The ship is very clean and there are touch screens all around the elevators if you get lost.
We spent several evenings in Bolero's with the Latin band but whatever your flavor of music is you'll probably find it. Go in with a great attitude and expect to have a fantastic week. Less
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