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Cruising on Oasis as first time RCL passengers exceeded expectations in almost every area. Hotel/Embark: Stayed at Embassy Suites on 17th the night before. Walk to Publix, Total Wine (buy your 2 bottles here instead of packing in suitcase for flight) and several dining options for all budgets. Hotel was a little worn, but good. Big breakfast buffet is included. $15 cab ride to pier for family of 4. Ship: Very beautiful and clean. Overwhelming a first but you acclimate quickly. Several places you will forget you are on a boat. The Promenade feels like a mall in Vegas. Sports deck had so much to do and the kids loved the H2O zone. Never felt too crowded and we always found chairs. Used the fitness facility on the first day but [we were] so busy I never made it back. Shower is available for free in the spa below. There are a zillion activities for all ages all the time. SO much to do. Ship felt crowded at times, but not too bad. Elevators arrive quickly, but are usually full of people. Early morning the ship feels completely empty, so if you are an early riser, you feel like you have the place to yourself. Tip: There is a "sundeck" all the way forward on the port side of deck 14. Incredible views from there and not many know about it. Dining: was abundant, with so many free choices. Had dinner in the Grande DR every night except one when we went to Giovanni's. 10 of us had dinner there and there was an enormous amount and variety of food served family style. Cover was only $8 for kids. Also enjoyed Johnny Rockets for lunch. Breakfast in the WJ most days (crowded), but I recommend Park Cafe for breakfast and/or lunch. Promenade Cafe and Sorrento's good for snacks. Never made it to Solarium Cafe but the menu looked good. Grande DR had a good dinner selection and our service was really excellent. One fun place we found on the last night was Vintages. We had a bottle of wine 20% off on last day and several $3 tapas plates. Fun and tasty. Many, many places to get an adult drink, each with a different vibe. Entertainment/Shows: We did most of the shows. Come Fly with Me was good, Oasis water/diving show was excellent. Ice show was good. Comedy show was so-so. Skipped Cats and the Headliner shows. Ports: Labadee, Falmouth and Cozumel. Had a fun day on the beach in Labadee with the kids. Beautiful island with scenic mountain vistas. We went to Adrenaline Beach (Atlantic side) and grabbed a couple of chairs in a shady spot under a palm. Also tipped an attendant $10 for a nice size shade tent which covered two more lounges. Swimming beaches were nice, bring water shoes as the sand is course and there are some rocks underwater. Lunch was ample. Didn't do any of the attractions, but it was fun to watch the zip liners fly by. FInished the day with a walk through the straw market. Under the building it was "no haggle", but out back and behind it was pretty aggressive. The usual stuff for sale. In Falmouth we only visited the shops at the pier. With young kids, we were reluctant to venture out further. The usual jewelry and t-shirt places with a few local shops. Margaritaville and a couple of refreshment stands. Tip: if you walk to the aft section of the ship near the rock wall access, you can get on the Falmouth pier free wi-fi. We saw several crew huddled there which was our clue. In Cozumel we did the Fury Snorkel and Beach. It was a blast and the kids loved it. Snorkeling is kinda short with not too much to see, but still fun. Their private beach was very nice. Included the inflatable water structures for the kids to climb and jump on. Lunch was not included, but available for purchase. Disembark: We were in the 9:45 debark group. Terminal was very busy at that time and somewhat chaotic. Expect long lines if you leave at this time. Took about 1:15 to get through customs and then a 10 min cab ride to airport. Check-in and security at FLL was quick and we are at the gate by 11:15. Family who took self debark left at 7:00 and experience no lines/crowds. Summary: This was a blast and we will sail with RCL again soon! All-in-all I think this was an outstanding value and had something for everyone!

Oasis Family Vacation

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by CruisinHeels

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Caribbean
Cruising on Oasis as first time RCL passengers exceeded expectations in almost every area.

Hotel/Embark: Stayed at Embassy Suites on 17th the night before. Walk to Publix, Total Wine (buy your 2 bottles here instead of packing in suitcase for flight) and several dining options for all budgets. Hotel was a little worn, but good. Big breakfast buffet is included. $15 cab ride to pier for family of 4.

Ship: Very beautiful and clean. Overwhelming a first but you acclimate quickly. Several places you will forget you are on a boat. The Promenade feels like a mall in Vegas. Sports deck had so much to do and the kids loved the H2O zone. Never felt too crowded and we always found chairs. Used the fitness facility on the first day but [we were] so busy I never made it back. Shower is available for free in the spa below. There are a zillion activities for all ages all the time. SO much to do. Ship felt crowded at times, but not too bad. Elevators arrive quickly, but are usually full of people. Early morning the ship feels completely empty, so if you are an early riser, you feel like you have the place to yourself. Tip: There is a "sundeck" all the way forward on the port side of deck 14. Incredible views from there and not many know about it.

Dining: was abundant, with so many free choices. Had dinner in the Grande DR every night except one when we went to Giovanni's. 10 of us had dinner there and there was an enormous amount and variety of food served family style. Cover was only $8 for kids. Also enjoyed Johnny Rockets for lunch. Breakfast in the WJ most days (crowded), but I recommend Park Cafe for breakfast and/or lunch. Promenade Cafe and Sorrento's good for snacks. Never made it to Solarium Cafe but the menu looked good. Grande DR had a good dinner selection and our service was really excellent. One fun place we found on the last night was Vintages. We had a bottle of wine 20% off on last day and several $3 tapas plates. Fun and tasty. Many, many places to get an adult drink, each with a different vibe.

Entertainment/Shows: We did most of the shows. Come Fly with Me was good, Oasis water/diving show was excellent. Ice show was good. Comedy show was so-so. Skipped Cats and the Headliner shows.

Ports: Labadee, Falmouth and Cozumel. Had a fun day on the beach in Labadee with the kids. Beautiful island with scenic mountain vistas. We went to Adrenaline Beach (Atlantic side) and grabbed a couple of chairs in a shady spot under a palm. Also tipped an attendant $10 for a nice size shade tent which covered two more lounges. Swimming beaches were nice, bring water shoes as the sand is course and there are some rocks underwater. Lunch was ample. Didn't do any of the attractions, but it was fun to watch the zip liners fly by. FInished the day with a walk through the straw market. Under the building it was "no haggle", but out back and behind it was pretty aggressive. The usual stuff for sale. In Falmouth we only visited the shops at the pier. With young kids, we were reluctant to venture out further. The usual jewelry and t-shirt places with a few local shops. Margaritaville and a couple of refreshment stands. Tip: if you walk to the aft section of the ship near the rock wall access, you can get on the Falmouth pier free wi-fi. We saw several crew huddled there which was our clue. In Cozumel we did the Fury Snorkel and Beach. It was a blast and the kids loved it. Snorkeling is kinda short with not too much to see, but still fun. Their private beach was very nice. Included the inflatable water structures for the kids to climb and jump on. Lunch was not included, but available for purchase.

Disembark: We were in the 9:45 debark group. Terminal was very busy at that time and somewhat chaotic. Expect long lines if you leave at this time. Took about 1:15 to get through customs and then a 10 min cab ride to airport. Check-in and security at FLL was quick and we are at the gate by 11:15. Family who took self debark left at 7:00 and experience no lines/crowds.

Summary: This was a blast and we will sail with RCL again soon! All-in-all I think this was an outstanding value and had something for everyone!
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Cabin Review

Cabin 12709
Boardwalk view with a decent view of the Aqua Theatre and ocean view behind the ship. Room was good size for 2A, 2C. Sofa bed was adequate, main bed was very comfy. Nice size balcony and bathroom for a cruise ship stateroom. Decent storage, nice big flatscreen TV. Stateroom attendant was excellent. One minor note, there is some noise from the boardwalk below and from deck 15, but pretty quiet at night once the movie or show ends at the Aqua Theatre. There is a "Zoltar" fortune teller amusement that talks pretty regularly and you can hear them ring the bell for the carousel. Keep sheer privacy curtain closed when needed, as the port side cabins look right into your room, and visa-versa. Easy access by stairs to pool/sports deck and windjammer, and also for Adv. Ocean. Elevator needed for access to other decks. Easy ship to navigate around, especially considering its size.
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