We are experienced cruisers with this being our 15th overall, 4th on Royal Caribbean. Signed on the day this became available as this was a unique opportunity to experience Oasis OTS for 12 days and an Atlantic crossing.
Booked air travel Phoenix-Heathrow through ChoiceAir. Better pricing than airlines and other searches. We arrived in London three days prior to the cruise and enjoyed a wonderful BnB about 100 yds from the Pimlico tube station. We booked this through Airbnb.com. Booked return air, Ft. Lauderdale-Phoenix, independently. During our stay in London, we received an email from RCL informing us of our scheduled boarding time of 1:30pm.
Took the train from Waterloo Station to Southampton. Convenient, inexpensive and met a number of fellow cruisers headed to the ship. Shared a cab and joined the mass of humanity standing about waiting for some word about what was going on. A bit of drizzle ensured we huddled closer together while we waited....and waited...and waited. 'They' began letting people into the terminal in groups of 10 or so at some point and the herd shuffled inch-by-inch toward the ONE entry door. Once inside, the rope lines began winding through the terminal. Interestingly, the new passenger check-in line was moving much quicker than Platinum-Pinnacle. I heard most of the passengers were in this category and again, preparations were not in place. Next came US airport type security check points and finally to the check-in counters.
A nice cabin with excellent location. Configuration has the bed closer to the balcony. 2 chairs and small table on balcony with a view of the Aqua Theater and the Atlantic Ocean. Suitcase storage under the bed. 2 outlets at the vanity w/chair. New HDTV, carpet, and mini-fridge that kept soda and water cold. Small safe in closet. Bathroom has stand-up shower and separate Elemis body wash, shampoo and conditioner delivered by cabin steward, Anthony Alexis, who did a wonderful job keeping ice bucket full and tending to our needs. Nice to sit on balcony and watch the water and diving shows, once the weather cooperated.The only negative we experienced was the sound from the big screen movies when shown. Even with the door firmly secured we knew when the movie was on.
On this Transatlantic, Southampton was treated as a port of call even though this was our embarkation point (Rotterdam was port of origin). A nice port town, easy to get from rail station (5 BPS) to the ship but inadequately prepared to board 4000+ passengers. Speaking with others who regularly sail from Southampton, Oasis was an anomaly, so my comments are tempered by this.
Beautiful port town with a large turnout to see the Oasis.