Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. We have sailed on most of the cruise lines from Port Canaveral, but we prefer the ships, passengers, itinerary, food and entertainment on Royal Caribbean ... Read More
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. We have sailed on most of the cruise lines from Port Canaveral, but we prefer the ships, passengers, itinerary, food and entertainment on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Stateroom: We stayed in a marvelous Owner's Suite on deck 11 near the Diamond Lounge. The room size is 556 sq. ft. with a 243 sq. ft. balcony. The bathroom is spacious, has a Jacuzzi tub, two sinks, a rather small shower, a (worthless) bidet and lots of storage. Our stateroom attendant provided the "invisible service" we appreciate: place the "Make UP Room" sign on the door when leaving for meals and the room is clean when we return. The internet package for the entire cruise is provided for each person staying in the suite.
Coastal Kitchen and Suite Lounge: Instead of fighting the crowds in the mail dining options, we relaxed in the luxury and gourmet foods by having breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Coastal Kitchen and drinks in the Suite Lounge next door. Service is superb and quality of the food excels many of the specialty restaurants. The filet of beef, served on the first night of the cruise, is superb!! Select beer, wine and champagne is available from 11:30 am until 11:00 pm. Mixed drinks and hors d'oeuvres are available from 4:30pm until 8:00pm each night. We were pleasantly surprised to find the Coastal Kitchen is even open for breakfast on debarkation morning. Reservations are required for dinner, so I recommend making your reservations early through the suite concierge before you board or promptly in the Coastal Kitchen after you board before the most popular times are taken.
Entertainment: We made reservation for the spectacular entertainment well before boarding the ship. Oasis can’t have 6,500 passengers attending the same show at the same time. We reserved Frozen in Time, Oasis of Dreams, the Headliner Showtime, and Come Fly with Me. Sky Class guests get reserved seating at each theater.
Shore Excursions: Nassau: We stopped by Cariloha to purchase new bed sheets. We were disappointed to be charged Florida sales tax for the purchase in the Bahamas. It was a short walk to Pirate Republic Brewing to enjoy their craft IPA (Island Pirate Ale). Their local pirate has a great sense of humor. The beer is fresh, cold and one-half the price you would pay on the ship. St. Thomas: We scheduled a snorkeling excursion in St. Johns at Trunk Bay. It was a very rough ride on the Island Girl ferry boat that took us to St. Johns (passengers sitting on the benches outside the cabin got wet). A number of passengers were seasick. Hurricane damage to the island and reef is readily apparent and repairs are progressing slowly. The "snack shack" in Trunk Bay is closed so there are no drinks, food or souvenirs to purchase there. (Note: The Island Girl ferry boat has a fantastic crew and great narrative is given. They did let everyone know that the Trunk Bay snack shop was closed and offered light snacks for purchase at a reasonable price. The only downside is that although the ferry did have two small but very clean bathrooms, only one was working which was insufficient for the number of people on board. Once you get off the ferry, it is only about a 15 to 20 minute beautiful open air bus ride to Trunk Bay.)
Debarkation: The Concierge service escorted Sky Suites and above off the ship with no queuing. It just took our family 15-minutes from the time we left the Champagne Bar, departed the ship, picked-up our luggage, completed the Customs check and exited Cruise Terminal 1 to our car. WOW! Read Less