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We wanted to experience the largest ship on the seas (well, after the Allure) so this trip was based mostly on ship, not itinerary (although St. Maarten did interest us and wound up being our favorite stop). We're a couple in our early 30s, no kids. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Ft. Lauderdale Rodeway Inn. Embarkation: We took the earlier hotel shuttle to the pier. Check-in was pretty easy, although we did have to wait for quite a bit to board (we are C&A "Gold" members so we were seated in the Gold section). This process went pretty smoothly overall. Stateroom: Central Park Inside Balcony, Midship, Deck 11. We decided to spring for something different, since our preference is to have an oceanview balcony. Our room in particular was right above Park Cafe in Central Park. We liked the peacefulness of Central Park and rarely heard noise from the upper decks (except maybe during the day, but not at night). But, we did miss seeing the ocean. The room was nicely appointed. Probably would not stay in this type of room again unless it was significantly cheaper than an oceanview balcony, but it was good overall. Service: The service on board was mostly good. Not nearly as good as the service we received on the Serenade. That being said, I don't think we ran into any bad service except at disembarkation (more about that below). Our room steward was friendly and accommodating. I think with such a large ship and so many dining options, it's hard to get to know the crew like you do on a smaller ship. Food and Drinks: The food was good. Nothing to write home about, but it was not disappointing at all. We made reservations for all dining in advance and never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seated. Specifically: Solarium Bistro: We were sad about this one because it's on the front of the ship and the night we went, the ship was rocking and rolling. We wanted to enjoy our meal but unfortunately the movement was too much (and we don't get motion sick!). So, we didn't eat much, but the little that we did eat was very good. They even brought out a special dessert for my husband's birthday. American Icon Grill (MDR): Only ate here three nights, had the same wait staff only two of the nights. The food here was good, and had one excellent meal (it was beef of some sort but I forget what now). The wait staff did did a few entertainment "numbers" during dinner but nothing crazy like in the old days. Park Cafe: Get the roast beef sandwich. That is all. Windjammer Buffet: Standard buffet food, nothing fancy but we never had trouble finding something to eat. Sabor: Excellent Mexican food, we loved our meal and drinks. Ports and Excursions: We did not do any excursions on this trip; it was a "do your own thing and relax" trip! We did: Nassau: This is a throwaway port, but we did go to the John Watling's Distillery and it was great! Wonderful tour and the drinks are superb. Walkable from the ship, although through a not so great area. We also visited Pirate Republic Brewery along the main drag in Nassau. Good beer. St. Thomas: We took one of the many taxi buses to downtown St. Thomas and basically did a lot of shopping. Nothing special. Stopped at a hole in the wall bar for conch fritters and drinks. St. Maarten: We loved St. Maarten and would go there again. We took a water taxi from the ship to the beach, and then a taxi from the beach to a resort where I had booked massages. Then took a taxi back to the beach, got lunch, and got two beach chairs and an umbrella for very little money. Totally worth it. Then did some souvenir shopping back towards the ship. St. Maarten is beautiful and we had a lot of fun. Entertainment: We were really impressed with the entertainment on the ship. We reserved everything in advance, highly recommended so you get to see everything you want. We saw the following: Frozen in Time: This is an ice show and it was very well done, we really enjoyed it and think it's a "must see." Oasis of Dreams: This is a water-based show that takes place on the aft of the ship in the Aqua Theater. Not too impressed with the story line but the performers were excellent. Very different from other cruise shows. Parade: We watched the Dreamworks parade from the upper level of the Promenade. It was cute and entertaining. They also have Dreamworks characters around the ship at various times; we got our photos taken with the Madagascar Penguins and King Julien :) Adult Comedy Show: This is also a "must see" (although I forget who the comedian was). It was absolutely hilarious. The Quest Adult Game Show: We did this on our Serenade cruise and loved it. If you don't do this, you're missing out on life! Literally the best. The Oasis has so many people that it's not as fun as on the smaller ships (more intimate as far as knowing your teammates) but we still had a blast. Ship: The ship itself is very nice and well appointed. The Promenade is especially impressive. We didn't have too hard of a time finding things despite its size, but we feel that it is too big. We prefer Serenade-sized ships. Overall, Oasis is in good condition, clean, and a nice ship. Disembarkation: This was a MESS and probably our biggest complaint. We did express walk off and so did the other 6,000 passengers. That's fine, everyone is entitled to do that, but it was organized very poorly. The crew did not direct us to the appropriate places, they did not give us the correct answers to our questions, and we dragged our luggage around FOREVER before finding the end of the line. You could tell all of the passengers were extremely frustrated. Not a good experience at all. Summary: We enjoyed this cruise and recommend it if you like a variety entertainment on cruises and want to experience a large ship. We would not stay in the same category stateroom again, but it was perfectly fine for this time. Would we sail Oasis again? Probably not, unless the itinerary includes more fantastic places. We'll stick with the smaller ships. But we did enjoy the experience! :)

Oasis of the Seas; A Good Caribbean Getaway

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by misslyss1220

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Trip Details
We wanted to experience the largest ship on the seas (well, after the Allure) so this trip was based mostly on ship, not itinerary (although St. Maarten did interest us and wound up being our favorite stop). We're a couple in our early 30s, no kids. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Ft. Lauderdale Rodeway Inn.

Embarkation: We took the earlier hotel shuttle to the pier. Check-in was pretty easy, although we did have to wait for quite a bit to board (we are C&A "Gold" members so we were seated in the Gold section). This process went pretty smoothly overall.

Stateroom: Central Park Inside Balcony, Midship, Deck 11. We decided to spring for something different, since our preference is to have an oceanview balcony. Our room in particular was right above Park Cafe in Central Park. We liked the peacefulness of Central Park and rarely heard noise from the upper decks (except maybe during the day, but not at night). But, we did miss seeing the ocean. The room was nicely appointed. Probably would not stay in this type of room again unless it was significantly cheaper than an oceanview balcony, but it was good overall.

Service: The service on board was mostly good. Not nearly as good as the service we received on the Serenade. That being said, I don't think we ran into any bad service except at disembarkation (more about that below). Our room steward was friendly and accommodating. I think with such a large ship and so many dining options, it's hard to get to know the crew like you do on a smaller ship.

Food and Drinks: The food was good. Nothing to write home about, but it was not disappointing at all. We made reservations for all dining in advance and never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seated. Specifically:

Solarium Bistro: We were sad about this one because it's on the front of the ship and the night we went, the ship was rocking and rolling. We wanted to enjoy our meal but unfortunately the movement was too much (and we don't get motion sick!). So, we didn't eat much, but the little that we did eat was very good. They even brought out a special dessert for my husband's birthday.

American Icon Grill (MDR): Only ate here three nights, had the same wait staff only two of the nights. The food here was good, and had one excellent meal (it was beef of some sort but I forget what now). The wait staff did did a few entertainment "numbers" during dinner but nothing crazy like in the old days.

Park Cafe: Get the roast beef sandwich. That is all.

Windjammer Buffet: Standard buffet food, nothing fancy but we never had trouble finding something to eat.

Sabor: Excellent Mexican food, we loved our meal and drinks.

Ports and Excursions: We did not do any excursions on this trip; it was a "do your own thing and relax" trip! We did:

Nassau: This is a throwaway port, but we did go to the John Watling's Distillery and it was great! Wonderful tour and the drinks are superb. Walkable from the ship, although through a not so great area. We also visited Pirate Republic Brewery along the main drag in Nassau. Good beer.

St. Thomas: We took one of the many taxi buses to downtown St. Thomas and basically did a lot of shopping. Nothing special. Stopped at a hole in the wall bar for conch fritters and drinks.

St. Maarten: We loved St. Maarten and would go there again. We took a water taxi from the ship to the beach, and then a taxi from the beach to a resort where I had booked massages. Then took a taxi back to the beach, got lunch, and got two beach chairs and an umbrella for very little money. Totally worth it. Then did some souvenir shopping back towards the ship. St. Maarten is beautiful and we had a lot of fun.

Entertainment: We were really impressed with the entertainment on the ship. We reserved everything in advance, highly recommended so you get to see everything you want. We saw the following:

Frozen in Time: This is an ice show and it was very well done, we really enjoyed it and think it's a "must see."

Oasis of Dreams: This is a water-based show that takes place on the aft of the ship in the Aqua Theater. Not too impressed with the story line but the performers were excellent. Very different from other cruise shows.

Parade: We watched the Dreamworks parade from the upper level of the Promenade. It was cute and entertaining. They also have Dreamworks characters around the ship at various times; we got our photos taken with the Madagascar Penguins and King Julien :)

Adult Comedy Show: This is also a "must see" (although I forget who the comedian was). It was absolutely hilarious.

The Quest Adult Game Show: We did this on our Serenade cruise and loved it. If you don't do this, you're missing out on life! Literally the best. The Oasis has so many people that it's not as fun as on the smaller ships (more intimate as far as knowing your teammates) but we still had a blast.

Ship: The ship itself is very nice and well appointed. The Promenade is especially impressive. We didn't have too hard of a time finding things despite its size, but we feel that it is too big. We prefer Serenade-sized ships. Overall, Oasis is in good condition, clean, and a nice ship.

Disembarkation: This was a MESS and probably our biggest complaint. We did express walk off and so did the other 6,000 passengers. That's fine, everyone is entitled to do that, but it was organized very poorly. The crew did not direct us to the appropriate places, they did not give us the correct answers to our questions, and we dragged our luggage around FOREVER before finding the end of the line. You could tell all of the passengers were extremely frustrated. Not a good experience at all.

Summary: We enjoyed this cruise and recommend it if you like a variety entertainment on cruises and want to experience a large ship. We would not stay in the same category stateroom again, but it was perfectly fine for this time. Would we sail Oasis again? Probably not, unless the itinerary includes more fantastic places. We'll stick with the smaller ships. But we did enjoy the experience! :)
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