We had sailed on the Oasis once before, so we knew what to expect, but in many ways this was even better than the first time we sailed, a year ago. The shows on the ship remain fabulous, the comedians were great, the diving show is ... Read More
We had sailed on the Oasis once before, so we knew what to expect, but in many ways this was even better than the first time we sailed, a year ago. The shows on the ship remain fabulous, the comedians were great, the diving show is outstanding, and the performance of Cats was wonderful. We also took the behind the scenes tour of the stage, which was fascinating. Service overall was friendly and attentive, especially at dinner in the main dining room. We also thought the food at the main dining room was better than last year, though be aware that there is a lot of repetition in entrees and appetizers every day. Our daughter has a nut allergy, and once we told the waiter, he and the head waiter were great - making sure she got special, nut-free, versions of dessert every day!
As on the Allure, we rarely felt that we were on a ship with 6,000 people; the ship is so big, and there is so much to do, that very few things got crowded. That being said, however, if you want to make sure you get to see all the shows, especially the comedian show, make sure you make reservations ahead of time.
We ate at the Solarium bistro one night and really liked it, particularly for the appetizer buffet and the fact that there is no charge (except for a tip). It would be nice if the other Oasis class ships had the same restaurant.
Overall, the ship does seem a bit worn - it is certainly clean, but you can see worn carpeting and scuffed walls in a lot of places. Apparently it will be going into dry dock in the next year or two.
We did excursions at all three stops:
* Labadee - be aware that the beaches are pretty rocky, but I did the jet skiing and it was fantastic! The huge zipline looked like fun as well; I'll have to try it sometime...
* Jamaica - we did the Dolphin Cove excursion and it was great! There is an hour drive each way to get to it, but once you are there you get to really swim with a dolphin (he even pulled us about 30 feet through the water!), hold tropical birds, hold a large iguano, and then hang out at the beach, pool, and try out a fun and fast waterslide. Best cruise excursion we have done in a long time!
* Cozumel - we did the glass-kayak and snorkeling excursion, with some time to relax on the beach or in a hammock. Its only about 10-15 minutes to the resort, the people running the activities were friendly and knowledgeable, and we saw a lot of very colorful fish.
So, overall, we had another great time on the Oasis, and look forward to our next cruise on this or another of the Oasis class ships! Read Less