The Oasis is a beautiful ship. I have to say it's fun to pull into port and dwarf every other ship that is docked there. Central Park was our favorite spot- very uncrowded, peaceful, and gorgeous. Our teens overall had a great time. Make sure to go to Vintages for tapas and wine. It's tucked away in Central Park and is easy to overlook. Try the Italian restaurant for lunch- it's cheaper at that time, less crowded, but has the same great service and food. We never had to eat at Windjammer once on this cruise, as the other food venues were so varied and accessible. The main dining room had great service and ok food- nothing surprising there. Our favorite show was the headliner show. The Aquatheater show had some pretty spectacular stunts, but also some odd parts- such as men dressed in frog suits jumping around and pretending to be frogs complete with tongues sticking out- which caused my teens much merriment. Although we had a great time and liked the Oasis, we are going back More
to the Freedom class for our next cruise. What we didn't like is that the size of the vessel makes for less community on the cruise. For example, instead of just sitting at the pool and being able to watch the fun activities, such as the various pool contests, on the Oasis you have to leave the pool and sit in the Aquatheater auditorium to watch any of the contests. Because of Central Park they divided up the larger pool into two smaller pools which were horribly crowded. For us, the Oasis was just too big.
If you travel with teens/kids on this ship make sure to get the GPS iphones that you can rent on the ship. This ship is so big that being able to locate your child/teen on the GPS is reassuring. Go immediately to rent one when you get on the ship, however, as they sell out quickly.
Now to the smoking issue. We had a large group of smokers who were in the two rooms adjacent to us. They seemed to invite other smokers in to use the balconies in their rooms to smoke on as well. The two groups were friends and had removed the partition, so frequently there were large numbers of people smoking at once on the balcony. We were never able- even once- to use our balcony because of this. You should know that Royal Caribbean allows any number of people to smoke on the balconies with no limits. In our case there was at least two smokers on the balcony- but usually more, and sometimes a lot more at all hours of the day and night. If this happens to you, there is nothing you can do about it and Royal Caribbean won't control the situation. I'm surprised they are not concerned about liability if an asthmatic kid or adult has medical issues due to the smoking allowed. Less
Oasis of the Seas Cruises to the Western Caribbean
Cabin review: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Our balcony cabin was right next to the library which was both very convenient and easy to locate. Tiny closet! No room to walk once the sofa bed was out for the evening. My pet peeve- the container in the shower which is open on the front allowing anything you put in in to fall out! The rooms are attractive and the bathroom is pretty. The shower was a good size- we liked the rounded front. The balcony rooms on the Oasis aren't as big as those on the Freedom class. The beds were comfortable- even the sofa bed.
First of all Cozumel was just wonderful. I'd recommend taking a taxi into the main town and explore/shop/have lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants there. The people were so friendly and so wonderful, and the food at the restaurant we ate at was great. Then I would hit the beach until time to get back on the ship. What I would not do is take the double snorkel/Playa Mia beach excursion. I'm a former scuba diver and have been on many, many snorkel/dive trips. This is how our trip went. They packed maybe 80 people on the boat, many inexperienced and many older folks. They took us to Palancar reef. By the time we arrived the weather had worsened and the waves were impressive. Instead of jumping in and checking out the conditions themselves, they had people just start jumping in and did not require that the life vests be inflated. Once we were in the water it became apparent that a dangerous current was flowing and the waves were so huge that most of the people were unable to swim at all. Some people started to panic. After about 20 minutes we were told to get back on board and just imagine the scene of around 80 people, many out of shape and older, attempting to climb a ladder out of the churning ocean with waves crashing them into the ladder. I was very surprised that someone didn't get hurt. We were than taken to a second reef area closer to the beach, but many were too scared to get back into the water. The workers on this vessel needed to check water conditions prior to taking people out- especially in those numbers- and should have taken us somewhere else to begin with. This trip should be limited to thirty or so people also! After the snorkel portion of the trip you are taken to an extremely crowded beach, with horrible water, that is dirty and cold and given a small lunch. You get to spend maybe 40 minutes at the beach. People are given free drinks at the beach and also on the way home. If you have kids be aware that many adults use this opportunity to drink their way into ill behavior.
Jamaica was frankly, pretty scary. We stayed in the port area at first- which has nice shopping and a couple of fun places to get cocktails. Than we decided to take the trolley tour around the town. Well, you get a police escort when the trolley is traveling through the town of Falmouth, which is horribly poor, and has lots of loitering young men. I'd recommend taking a tour through the ship here to Montego Bay or one of the more upscale areas of Jamaica or staying directly in the port area. I would not recommend just leaving the port area to explore Falmouth on your own.
Royal Caribbean has done a great job with this port. You can snorkel right off the beach- we saw a barracuda and lots of other fun fish. There are so many fun activities and beautiful beaches- there is something for everyone. Going to Labadee is one of the reasons we keep cruising with Royal Caribbean. The one improvement I'd like to see them make is with the food which is just ok and for vegetarians pretty limited. Labadee is also a great place to get souvenirs. The local artisan stores are chock full of reasonable and fun items to bring home. Just be firm and don't be afraid to bargain because the Haitians really, really want to sell and it can be a bit overwhelming to be surrounded by them.