Here are a few observations from our recent cruise on the Oasis. We were on the May 14th Western Caribbean sailing. Cabin information is based on our suite, Central Park Balcony, 10th level mid-ship.
· The Electric Outlets in our stateroom were 2 standard outlets and one 3 prong European Style located under the vanity. If you have two appliances with circuit breaker plugs (like you find on a hairdryer) you will not be able to have them plugged in at the same time. The remedy is to bring a 3-plug wall adaptor or extension cord.
· Large bags fit comfortably under the bed. The closet with plenty of hangers and drawer space were more than adequate to accommodate our casual and formal attire.
· Central Park Balconies are a plus if you want the pleasure of sitting outside your room in a non-windy and calm environment. Level 10 is the first balcony level overlooking the Park. When the balcony door is shut, noise from the Park is negligible.
· Make your Specialty Restaurant and Entertainment reservations on line prior to the sailing. I believe the window for doing this was 90 days prior to sailing. The reservation process for restaurants will prompt you to make the fee payment at time of booking. There is a full refund policy for cancellations. Check with RCI or your Travel agent to verify the no penalty time line.
· While there is no charge for breakfast at Johnny Rockets, you'll be asked for your Sea Pass card. I believe they do this as a polite way of soliciting tips. The other Specialty restaurants do the same but normally there are the charges for what was not included in the base fee. There will be a gratuity charge on the slip. We were prompted by a server to "feel free to add more."
· The consensus at our table of six in the Main Dining Room was very positive in regards to both the quality of what was served and service. The three Specialty Resultants we went to varied in quality and service.
· If there is even a slight chance that you'll be doing the Zip Line, Wave Pool or Rock Climbing Wall you'll want to complete the Waiver Form prior to sailing. Your profile and Sea Pass card will be updated with the information.
· There is not a clock in the room but the automated wake up call system is easy to use.
· Room service for breakfast was very good and on time.
· Yes, the Windjammer Cafe is a busy place. There were supervisors stationed around the dining area who were very helpful in finding an open table and if needed getting it cleared.
· As the shows went, all were very good with some better than others. Hairspray was well done but not a Broadway production.
· Tipping is traditional envelopes with an option to charge a set fee to your stateroom
· The pool towel check in and out process was simple and easy. The $25 charge for towels not returned helped keep the lounge chairs more available. It also kept things looking less cluttered as the day went on.
· When arriving for dinner, be sure to advise your waiter of a Showtime reservation. This will help move things along so you'll arrive on time.
· The biggest hassle on the ship was changing our reserved dining table. The process was incredibly slow and very poorly managed. When you board the ship scout out your table and get in line ASAP.
· Consistent with other reviews, embarking and disembarking was quick and easy if you've completed all your documents prior to sailing and have passports handy.