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Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas
Member Name: MillbrookMom
Cruise Date: July 2011
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: N
Cabin Number: 6553
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5.0
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Oasis lives up to it's name!
To begin, I'd like to say this is only our second cruise, the first was on the the Norwegian Dawn and while we enjoyed that cruise very much, this one was far and away our best. Possibly our best vacation period!

Service: On Oasis of the Seas we felt the service was top notch, all the staff are very friendly, asking about our day, sharing stories, making sure that we had everything we needed. They did a good job to remember who you were which personalized our vacation very nicely.

Food: The specialty restaurants we went to were fantastic! Chops we went to twice and it was quite possibly one of the best meals we've had. Especially liked the crap cakes and our steaks were cooked to perfection. We also did the Chef's table and Chef Jane Gray from Australia was great, she did a wonderful job of explaining each dish, how it was made, what her inspirations were, etc. The waiter was also fantastic and we enjoyed his explainations of the wine pairings. We also were in a very entertaining group and had a fabulous evening. We only ate in the main dining room one night as the menu didn't overly thrill us and we were at a table with others who would have rather sat on their own which made it a little awekward. The buffet was ok, we did prefer it on last cruise. The stations they have set up don't really make sense, so you have to tour first to figure out what you want, and then go a second time to get the food. Park Cafe was our favourite for lunch and Solarium Bistro was nice for a healthy breakfast.

Activities: Well you can't possibly be bored on this ship...our favourites were the rock climbing wall for my husband and the mini golf. We also tried the zip line, the flowrider and ice skating. All were fun, some we used more than others. There were many classes etc. that you could do, one week just isn't enough time.

Entertainment: This was the area we were most pleasantly surprised in. I had made all our reservations at home before we left and we saw everything. The wide variety of venues and shows was fabulous! Our favouties were the Splish Splash comedy show in the Aqua Theatre and the Headliner Earl Turner. Also enjoyed the other shows and thought everything was worth seeing. Even the fountain shows at the Aqua Theatre were nice if you didn't have anything planned...the one at night was the best.

Stateroom: We only had an inside, but it was plenty big enough for the 2 of us and very well laid only complaint would be the location of plugs...but it wasn't that big of a deal. Our stateroom attendant was amazing....she definately deserved the extra tip we left.

Ports: Labadee was our favourite, very well set us, something for everyone and you didn't have far to go. We did the snorkel safari and felt is was well worth the price. Falmouth Jamaica....well...still unfinished and it looks like it will still be several months until it is. We only got off long enough to do a little souvenir shopping and then got back on board. Cozumel isn't overly picturesque, but there is shopping close by and we went to Chankanaab to do the Dolphin Swim, which we'd booked from home and thought it was well worth the price. We had interaction with manatees first and then were in the water with the dolphins for about an hour and got to do 5 things each as well as other interactions.

Embarkation/Disembarkation: Both were extremely smooth and easy. We arrived at the pier at 11:15 and were onboard by 11:30. We did the express walk off where we took our own luggage and were curbside in about a half hour.

Hotel: We stayed at the Cambria Suites Dania Beach before and after as they offer free shuttles to and from both the airport and cruiseport, nice hotel and the free shuttles were great.

All and all this was a truly fabulous cruise and considering there were over 6000 passengers and over 2000 crew you never felt like there were that many people. We would both easily cruise Oasis again. Looking forward to our next Royal Caribbean cruise in March on the Explorer.

Publication Date: 07/22/11
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