Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by whitesocks1: Wonderful Ship
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Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Yes it is huge! But it is very well organized and you really do not notice there are 6,000 people on board. They definitely have boarding and disembarking down to a science. Some work needs to be done with port disembarking. I do not think the staff in that area communicate with each other well enough. We were being sent down a moving escalator while staff was not allowing those at the bottom to move forward. This was a set up for a serious accident. Fortunately they did finally listen to the passengers and stop the escalator.
I cruised with a close girlfriend and we shared an ocean view balcony state room. We are large gals and had plenty of room to move around in the stateroom and bathroom. Royal Caribbean made good use of the space. We enjoyed the limited room service for breakfast two mornings eating on the balcony.
As stated in many reviews the food in the main dining room for dinner is very pedestrian. Although they try to do some alternative cuisine it really More does not work. An example would be beef stroganoff, simple we all can relate to the sour cream sauce with mushrooms and beef over noodles. Not even remotely correct for this chef. The beef was tender, there were a few mushrooms however, they were eclipsed by the yellow and green peppers as well as fine beet strips. There was a small swirl of sour cream over the top and this was served with very overcooked rice.The flavor was good but totally not what anyone who ordered this expected. Breakfast was fine mostly same as offered in Windjammer.Specialty restaurants fair better with their food. Chops was wonderful can really find no flaws, an upscale steakhouse. Giovanni's Italian restaurant was disappointing as it really did not have true Italian flavors, everything was muted. Chicken sage entree with ricotta cheese was almost bland. Their Tiramisu was spot on! Solarium Bistro has interesting menu but uses spices most people are not familiar with and should advise of this on their menu. But to serve bison and muscovy duck they were adventurous.
We were able to see all of the shows as the member reviews ahead of time prepared us and we made reservations. We enjoyed them all.
We travelled with a group of 600 people and had multiple private events on board and the staff and crew made all of this possible with what appeared to us as ease. I am sure it took a lot of work on their part. We were all pleased.
We had a less then wonderful beginning to the cruise as we set sail in a pouring storm. the captain changed our itinerary so we sailed for 2 days prior to docking in St Thomas and after we left St Maartan we then spent an afternoon in Nassau. We felt this made our cruise more enjoyable so we did not have to cruise through a terrible storm in the Atlantic.The ship is beautiful. Central Park is a delight to sit and enjoy the space. There is a lot of open space throughout the ship so no one ever needs to feel crowded. Would highly recommend the ship overall. Less
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