We just returned from our first cruise. We selected the Oasis Eastern Caribean cruise as a destination celebration for my 50th birthday. The ship is amazing, impressive, massive and fun. We had our concerns as first time cruisers as to whether or not we would like it, would get sea sick etc, etc. We loved it. We had NO issues with sea sickness even with a day or slightly rough seas. Neither my husband or I took sea sickness meds. I did however wear the sea bands for the day the seas were rough. The ship is so massive and impressive that we found ourselves saying several times….."I can't beleive we are on a ship".
FOOD: We loved the food. Yes, we are foodies and are super critical of food including presentation and taste. We foudn the food good. With the amount of food they make daily, I was improessed with the quality, variety and taste. There are many options for food….some are complimentary and others require a fee. We explored most dining options (free and fee based). While not fans (in general) of buffets, we loved the Windjammer Cafe (buffet). It was a great place for breakfast and lunch. The menu changed and there was plenty of variety. Dinner we dined mostly in the Main Dinning room as well as 2 specialty restaurants - Giovani's and Chops. The main dining room was good. They will make you what ever you want….just ask. We generally ordered extra appitizers and desserts and an entree each. Giovani's was outstanding. I ordered the lamb and it was beyond delicious. Giovani's is a specialty restaurant that charged $20 per person. We also dined at Chops- the steak house. Also outstanding. The other dining options, Soliarium bistro and Vitality cafe offer healthy "clean" food for breakfast and lunch but if you want a basic burger or hotdog…there are options for that too. You will NOT go hungry! As our treat a few days was the soft serve ice cream poolside.
Activities and entertainment:
This was our first cruise, so we were not sure what to expect and trusted the advice of our travel agent and others when selecting the room. Our cabin was on Deck 10 and overlooked Central Park. At first I was concerned that the cabin was in a corner and next to the stairs and elevator. I called and chatted with RCL folks and they assured me it was a good location….and they were correct. The cabin is the last one in the row/area and next to the crew prep area where they keep the linens and supplies. Next to that room is the area for elevators and stairs. We did not encounter ANY noise from the crew room or elevators, stairs or hall. It was a perfect location as we had no neighbor to our right.
The cabin was small but nicely appointed. Our cabin was laid out with the bed next to the closet and the couch next to the balcony. They were very creative in providing cubbies and areas to store your things and clothes. I overpacked and I still had plenty of closet and drawer space.
We also found the bed to be very comfortable. Note there is not a lot of power outlets. We found one under the bed and there was one on the vanity. We brought with us a power "block" that allowed us to plug in mutiple devices. There is not a power source in the bathroom.
The bathroom was clean. We laughed at the size of the shower. I call it the space tunnel. It is a small capsule. If you are of larger stature, it may feel cramped to you. The small bathroom worked fine for us. Everything about our cabin was perfect. We also enjoyed that our balcony never got blazing hot with full sunlight due to it's location. We could sit out on it all day or night. It was awesome….to sit and listen to the live music at night,eat breakfast in the morning and just relax. The window sheers helped give you privacy without having to use the black out shades during the day. Remember to close your balcony door when you are out on the balcony. To save on energy, the AC will not run while the balcony door is open and your room will heat up quickly.
We just walked around. We were not very impressed with the port and since we were there for such a short time, we did not want to pay to go to atlantis.
We toured around on our own the day before the cruise. We went to the beach and shopped. We did the same when we came back as we had a few hours to kill before our flight home.