We booked this cruise over a year ago, we had sailed 2 weeks before this cruise on Monarch of the Seas and then went on to the biggest....
Embarkation was a breeze, about 12mins from taxi to ship, its so easy the way the picture for the seapass is now taken at checkin. Debarkation was just as easy, our number was called and we were off and on our way home within minutes.
Cabin, we had an inside stateroom, this is our 8th cruise and we have had outsides / promenade staterooms in the past but I know from experience we only use them to change and sleep so could not justify paying extra for a balcony that would not get used.
We did go to the dining room on the first night, the asst waiter was friendly but the main waiter was really unfriendly, he just handed over the menus, then came back to take the order, we did not see him after that, on later evenings we ate at the windjammer, this was not a problem as we ate so much during the days we were full. We only ate breakfast in the WJ once, we preferred the solarium and the park cafe who did wonderful egg and bacon english muffins. Lunch was a split between the park cafe and the dining room for the tutti salad bar. The only day we had lunch in the WJ was embarkation day as I have to have the honeystung chicken, I'm not mad for it but its kind of a tradition now to get the cruise started.
We had been to the ports of call before so took the opportuntity on port days to make the most of the space and relax, on sea days we stayed in the solarium and chilled out, it could get quite hot in there but there was a pool and two hot tubs to 'cool' off in. The itinary was changed due to the weather which meant we went to Nassau on the Friday in the afternoon, this ment the daily activities were changed so there was no captains q&a session which was a pity.
The ship itself was unbelievable, so much to do if you wanted it, we did the zipline which was great, shows, we saw hairspray twice, the ice show, we did not care for the headliner who was a singer/comedyish type but did stay for the whole show even though some people left during it. The comedy show was very funny, it would have been better if they had a late night show or some other comedians as it was the same two all week, we really enjoyed listening to the RKO Quartet in the jazz bar. Come fly with me was also amazing.
Did not go to the quest or love and marriage show as I am not a fan of the Cruise Director, richard spacey, I know a lot of people find him funny but I just don't get it, he was on Freedom a few years ago and his act is still the same now, but hey, thats all personal preference.
The only downside was that the boardwalk was quiet and night as was the park, its a pity there is not a complimentary place to eat or get coffee etc there later as this would bring more people onto it, however, it was nice to get a coffee and go through the park last thing at night.
Overall, would definately sail oasis class again, probably will try allure next because of the entertainment options.