Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by Pookie718: Oasis of the Seas 5/14/11 Western...Great time!
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Oasis of the Seas 5/14/11 Western...Great time!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My husband, and I also were on the 05/14/11 sailing of Oasis of the Seas. We are in our late 40's, and it was just the 2 of us. . All in All this was an "amazing" cruise. I have personally taken 8 cruises, 4 on RCCL, 2 Princess, 1 Holland America, and the now defunct Dolphin line. We neverfelt overwhelmed with the size of the ship, what I did miss however was the lack of ocean views from the decks. Fortunately, I had a balcony cabin located portside aft which was perfect for spending time gazing at the ocean. Balcony was quite small, and only offered chairs & small table...no loungers. We had room service breakfast out their twice. It was lovely!
Room: Adequate interior space, with quite a lot of storage in the closet, and cubby's. The bed was very comfortable, and we slept like babies! Every night aroung 3:30 am we heard a loud banging noise that woke us up on several occasions. Neither of us ever found out where it was coming from, but it happened on a regular basis. More Being on deck 14, I wouldn't have thought we would have noise issues. It was definitely coming from down below us, just not sure from where. Bathroom, small but manageable. I liked the footrest for shaving your legs...nice touch, and much appreciated! A agree with the wire rack, but I had brought full size items, so no issues with falling thru. They do provide shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash. I prefer to use my own though. Stateroom attendant was great! Loved his towel creations, and helpfulness.
Room Service: We used twice, and both times arrived between 8:00 & 8:30 as I had requested. It was nice that they called you first to let you know they were on their way! My husband said their coffee was the best "free" coffee anywhere on the ship.
Chops Grille: We ate there twice. The first night, and again midway thru the cruise. As mentioned, sevice the first night was incredibly slow, and we felt ignored much of the time. The food was exceptional, so made up for lack of service. The second time, we were given a differant waiter who was very attentive, and once again the food was delicious. It just depends on who your waiter is I believe. I had booked both reservations online, and I went their on the first day to have a time changed. (yes, they do hold some reservations for people who book onboard!) They also credited my account the $50 dollars, and let me use my dining certificate I received. Very good customer service from the front desk staff! Deck 8
Giovannis Italian: Ate there on the last night of the cruise, and although the food was good. Our waitress was excellent....My husband ended up with food poisoning later that night. He had eaten the baked stuffed shrimp, which I never even tasted. That was the only thing we could attribute it to, but he got violently ill from about 3:30 am until early morning. Seas were not rough, so had to have been his meal. I would not hesitate to recommend it, just maybe stay away from the shrimp! Deck 8
Park cafe: My favorite lunch spot on the whole ship! As well as the roast beef sandwiches, they also have a great make your own salad bar. They make it, but you tell them the ingrediants to use. Very good. Also, the only place to get bagged doritos, potato chips, sunchips, etc. Desserts here were excellent for everyone who talks negatively about RCCL's dessert. I had the black forest cake several times, and it was heavenly! Great place to get quick mid afternnon snacks. Deck 8
Main dining room. We had MTD, and never had a wait for a table. We dined here only 2 x's as did specialty as stated above, but the food was very good! Lobster tails were large, and prime rib very tender. I asked my waitress for a tail, and she brought it with the prime rib, so I made my own surf and turf! Ask for what you wish, and they will try to accomodate you. My husband got anchovies for his caesar sald with no issue. Wait staff was for the most part friendly, and attentive. Deck 5 MTD deck
Cafe Promenade: open 24 hours, and served light sandwiches, and snacks. Also had Starbucks coffee products. Get a card for buy 6, and get 1 free. My husband went to redeem it departure day, and found they were closed :mad: We walked to Mondos down slightly along deck 5, and they served Seattles best coffee products. The gentleman behind the counter graciously honored my husbands Starbucks card! Way to go on customer service!
Johnny Rockets: Had breakfast, and lunch here on differant days. Breakfast was free, and cooked to order. Very good, and wait staff very friendly. Lunch was also good. $4.95 service charge each, but we basically did a make your own hamburger from extras offered, and it was really yummy! Also used the 2 for 1 coupon for milkshakes in our value booklet from C & A. It is very hot outside, and not many indoor tables so beware of this. Not much breeze flows thru there.
Donut shop...they did have a few variations on donuts, but like stated the guy serving was slow, and unfriendly.
We both disliked Hairspray...way too long, and tedious. Not our cup of tea. Ice show was incredible, as was the Oasis of dreams Aqua show. I liked one of the comedians of the 2 on board at Comedy live. Be forwarned I made online reservations, and arrived 15 mins early. Our sea pass showed no reservation, but I had a printed itinerary showing that I did indeed have it....only left it in my room! The attendant said that happens alot, and to recheck your reservations once onboard. I had no issues other than Comedy Live, so just a warning to check. He kindly let us in with no problems. Headliner show was Really, Really good! Motown live, and the singing group Spectrum was very professional, and entertaining. I was glad we got to see them.
Spa: Service there was a little lacking. I booked a spa treatment, but felt like a cattle call. The spa professional who was to do the treatment, was asking me what I was supposed to get...how long, and what was I supposed to pay? Ah duh, shouldn't she have known this? She was also pushing product on me to a tune of $350 dollars...ah, no thanks! Did the Body sculpt boot camp, and thought that the personal trainors did a great job of this. It actually forced me to get in some much needed work outs while I was consuming so many calories. Great Job Jack, Mick, and Michelle!
Ports...Labadee, been there, done that! I think they have overbuilt it...It was much nicer years ago when it looked like a tropical oasis! Took the best beach, and made it for suite guests only! So unfair....
Falmouth: I actually really like Jamaica, and the people there. Not everyone is pushy, and in your face. Yes, it is still a work in progress, but it will be beautiful when complete. We opted to take our own excursion to Montego Bay, 30 mins drive time. We were on a bus with approximately 20 others. There was a driver, and he had his own tour guide Michelle. She asked everyone what they envisioned for their time in Jamaica. After dropping off a bunch to the beach, there were 2 couples left us included who got a personalized tour of Montego Bay. We stopped for shopping at a craft market, and lunch at the Pork Pit...yummy jerk chicken! All this for $20roundtrip....then they came to pick you up at a designated time of your choice. All this for $20 roundtrip for 2! We tipped generously, as we felt we got great customer service....Give Jamaica a chance, it will grow on you!Tour buses were right out side where you get taxis, and prices are quoted on the board.
Cozumel: I had booked an independant Jeep excursion thru Island Marketing, and the meeting point was ElCid hotel next door to International Pier. No taxi needed. When we got there, and met Fred our tour guide he told us there would be 1 other couple, and we would share a jeep. Turns out, they never showed. We got a personal tour, and our own jeep from Fred. It was truly a wonderful day. He showed us Punta Sur, and the lighthouse. A small Mayan ruin site, and crocodiles. We ended up snorkeling at a beach club he knew because the surf was rough on the Caribbean side that day, In the bay it was calm, with beautifl fish, Snorkeling equipment was provided.
Likes: Interactive TV for checking onboard accounts, menus, etc; Food was very good. Check in, and disembarkation was the best ever experienced! I liked that we were able to get a porter to guide us thru customs, and he even brought the bags to our car in the parking lot! Made it thru much quicker than those who got there own luggage. Our luggage was all together, no running around trying to find your bags! He was worth the tip we gave him!
Dislikes: As stated, the 70's disco party that I so enjoyed on Liberty of the seas was held at 11:30 pm, and by that time I was exhausted! The Royal promenade tended to get way too crowded on sea days, and when they were doing special activitys there. Buy your T-shirts, and any logo items early on, as good stuff sold out quickly. I felt the shops were really lacking. Pool in solarium was way to small, and deck was really, really hot, Make sure to wear shoes to the pool or hot tub!
All in all, I will definitely be booking again,,,,would like to try the Allure next time though. Already missing it!!
Penny, Fort Lauderdale, FL Less
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