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Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by hsmcruise: I need a vacation from my vacation

Oasis of the Seas 4
Member Since 2005
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 3.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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I need a vacation from my vacation

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

pre-cruise we stayed at Hilton Marina which was filled to capacity as there were

4-5 ships leaving Ft. Lauderdale that day. We arrived at 1:30 pm and notified the

hotel of an early arrival but our room was not ready until check in time, 4PM.

Great hotel and great location. We could see the ships from our room facing the

causeway. Because things seemed so chaotic, and we couldn't wait to get on board

the oasis, we left our room around 10:15, shared a van ($6.pp) to the port. the process was extremely fast and we went to inquiry with port coordinator to see if

any upgrades were available. everyone on that line was told the same thing. they

wanted $2,000 for an upgrade to a jr. suite, which was more than if we had arranged it on 11:20 we were sitting at the Park Cafe eating the famous

roast beef sandwich, which was very good. We then wandered around the ship and

checked our room at 1:30 which was More available. The room was very nice and the ship

was amazing.

Entertainment - the best of any cruiseship. You could be in las vegas with what was offered. My favorites were Dream (the aqua show) Hairspray, comedy club (very politically incorrect) beatle show, come fly with me, and edna and tracy live. On a scale of 1-10 I would give a 15, although this is subjective, as my husband would give an 8-9

Food- We never ate at the Windjammer. Most meals were either the main dining room

(my time dining)Park Cafe, or Solarium buffet. I thought lunch and dinner in the

dinning room were very good, breakfast all around was not great. eggs were awful. My special request for berries at breakfast was mostly ignored. We ate

at one specialty restaurant - Chops and service and quality of food was very good.

Fitness- i took one spin class $15) and one "gravity" class ($30) which is similar to pilates. both were good not great. the machines could be crowded

at times, and even though they had windows looking at the sea, they didn't

give a great view. We enjoyed the gym on the Epic more. For so many people on

the ship it was not very large. after the first day I didn't have trouble finding an eliptical to work out on.

Pools/recreation- the zip line was a disappointment, but the flowriders looked

really cool and there were tons of things to do.

Things disappointed with:

The solarium was beautiful but it was always chaotic in there, noisy and busy.

We looked for a quiet place just to relax or read but on seadays this was difficult.

Our large balcony - the chairs were very hard and uncomfortable plus since RCI

allows smoking on the balcony there were many times we couldn't use it.

Worse coffee and eggs

The best things on the boat were-

Entertainment, thermal spa, staff, room, activities.


The "secret" balconies on 11, 12, 14 (aft) These areas overlook the back of the

ship and there are comfortable lounges and chairs. Unfortunately, sometimes it

is "noisy" due to events going on in the Aqua theater.

ports- we did not pick the ship for the ports.

Labadee - turned out better than anticipated. vendors were pushy, and we had

fun watching folks use the zipline over the water.

Jamaica- went on Chukkah beach excursion (no lunch) which can only be booked on board

Unfortunately, it was overcast and drizzling, but i'm still glad we went.

Cozumel- Went to Nachi chocum an all inclusive (booked on line $55pp) including

lounge, all drinks (including alcohol) and lunch. It was our best day. I got

a 1/2 hour massage (40.00) there is also a pool/hottub

the stores in falmouth were not impressive. Less

Published 03/13/12

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Cabin review: D17129

7129- great room, although would have preferred bed closer to balcony than closet

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