Big can be beautiful: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by TravelOwls

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Big can be beautiful

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Firstly, a little background info. We booked this cruise to celebrate our 'special' birthdays with our daughter, husband & 2 grandchildren aged 7 & 4. Oasis was 1 of only 2 ships sailing from Florida on the date we needed. We were a little concerned at the size of the ship (more on behalf of our family - 1st time cruisers) than for ourselves. However, we need not have worried. The ship never seemed crowded even when going ashore and there were always loungers or quiet areas to sit if you took the trouble to look for them.

STATEROOMS: We booked 3 staterooms, large balcony for us, & across the corridor, 2 adjoining staterooms overlooking Central Park for the family so they would have a bit more room & storage space. All staterooms were well equipped & the beds were especially comfortable. Plenty of closet space & hangars, but the proximity of either sofa or bed to the closet made getting into the wall-side of the closet a little awkward. Not a lot of drawer space, which More seems to be usual on many ships. None of the staterooms experienced a problem with noise, even when there was a party on Royal Promenade & noise could be heard quite clearly in Central Park.

DINING: We chose My Time dining but I did book some dining times to ensure we were not eating too late with the children. We also ate dinner in Giovanni's & Chops Grille & the service was excellent, as was the food in all restaurants.
For breakfast/lunch we used the Windjammer (& Yes, as other reviewers have said, it was always busy but the waiters never failed to find us a table, even when 6 of us were eating. In Windjammer there weren't too many queues at the food counters although the layout sometimes required trailing from 1 end of cafe to the other to put together your meal. Why not put all salad type foods together at 1 food counter instead of mixing them at a station with hot food? Also not all food counters had cutlery. Never did manage to remember where everything was, but perhaps that's just my age & poor memory.
We also used Central Park Cafe, Johnny Rockets, Sorrento's & Starbuck's, bit disappointed that there is a fee for the food in Starbuck's as well as the coffee (on P&O although COSTA charge for the coffee, the food is fee free). Not sure why you'd pay for Starbuck's cake when there are so many excellent cakes/cookies that are free.

ENTERTAINMENT: As always on RCI ships the entertainment was superb. The Ice Show, just stunning, we all loved it. The Aqua Show, amazing. I pre-booked all the entertainment prior to cruise & am glad I did as it was a logistical minefield trying to fit everything around dining & there were often long queues trying to get seat cancellations. SO BE WARNED PLAN AHEAD to experience all the brilliant entertainment this ship has to offer.The ship itself is stunning, and finding your way around was easy. The 3 neighbourhoods help, as do the interactive screens at many lift lobbies & the excellent signage reminding you which is port & which starboard. Central Park is itself an 'Oasis at sea' & a stroll through it day or evening, was always enjoyable.

KIDS CLUBS: Our grandchildren are very shy & wanted to stay together initially until they got to know the staff, but because of their ages this was not allowed. Hence, they would not stay in the Kids Clubs. The eldest did go in on a couple of evenings at the end of the holiday (only after making friends with another child by the pool though, who was also there) & she enjoyed the club.
Maybe a 'Meet & Mingle' specifically for parents & kids, when parents could stay around for a little while to get the kids used to the Kids Clubs would overcome this problem where it occurs. They loved the kids pool, the Dreamworks characters & the carousel.

EMBARKATION: Fastest we have ever experienced, however we were rather late arriving at port so this may have been the reason.

DISEMBARKATION: Well organised, plenty of seating in waiting areas, as well as refreshments and quite easy to locate luggage once ashore, even though 1 suitcase had managed to lose all labels, we were quickly directed to the lost luggage area & found it promptly.

To summarise, after such a wonderful cruise our family now say they look forward to cruising again and we would go back on the Oasis with no hesitation. Less

Published 11/27/12
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