We just got back a couple of days ago from our 7 night trip on the Oasis of the Seas. Let me start by saying that I write very long reviews on our cruises, mainly because I personally like to read them and learn as much as possible before going on a ship. So, someone else who is like me will get something from this, I hope. Otherwise, you may just want to hear that, yes, we had a wonderful time. The ship is incredible. It is NOT crowded all the time. There are plenty of places to go to get away from the people. The food was great, and we were happy with the service. We would most definitely go again, especially if we were to take our children next time.
Embarkation went fairly smoothly for us. We parked at the Embassy Suites (we live just a few dozen miles from the port) and had a shuttle to the port. Once we got to the port, it was crazy because there were the remnants of the people getting off of the ship. Check-in was very quick, and we waited in a waiting area for perhaps 15 minutes, at the most. Once we got on, I was slightly overwhelmed by how crowded it was. However, other than the final night, I didn’t feel claustrophobic after that. The muster drill was the most interesting I’ve ever experienced in my fifteen or sixteen cruises. First, I must point out that they started making people go to their spots fifteen minutes early, which was annoying because nature was calling! Our spot was the Opal Theater, and there was a group travelling that had been part of a Broadway touring group. One of the guys started singing, people started clapping and it was hilarious. Plus, they had a silly video about washing your hands. The people in the station didn’t know what to think of it all! The whole public area was PACKED following the muster station. As the ship left, you could get incredible views of miles of beaches from deck 16. However, I would suggest another spot because it was pretty crowded along the rail.
Disembarkation was pretty good. We got off fairly early, with number 9. I think we were called off around 8:15. A good bit of luggage was out by then. We waited maybe 15 minutes in line to get out, and go through customs. It wasn’t too crazy outside of the terminal.
Our room was floor 9, #445. It was very well maintained and clean. The bathroom is nice but small, especially the shower. I felt like a Star Trek capsule where you’d be beamed up. The shower has doors, rather than a curtain, which I did like. They provide bar soap and shampoo, no conditioner or lotion. The sink was very small; I was able to soak my swimsuit in it. There are three shelves and one very small drawer in the bathroom. There were two hooks in the shower, and 2 on the bathroom wall. For the room, there is a full length mirror by the bathroom door. The room has 2 hooks and a small shelf on the wall. In the closet, there were about 4 small shelves, a safe, and a shelf along the top. There were a good number of hangers in the closet and we had enough room to hang my dresses and my husbands clothing. The king bed was comfortable and there were two end tables, along with reading lights. The main light control is by the bed. There is a sofa and table, vanity and chair. The mirror has lights along it, there’s a shelf over the tv, where we kept our water bottles. There were three drawers (one with a rather old fashioned hair dryer), a cabinet with several small shelves. It was a very comfortable room, with more space than I had anticipated, being an inside room. Balconies scare me, and we saved three hundred dollars not getting a room with a window. It was pretty quiet, with the exception of the last night. There were some rather loud people in the hall for several minutes, then it was fine.
We have been to Cozumel several times. We always just go to Chankanaab State Park, which is about 10 minutes away. The taxi ride for 1-4 people is $12 each way. The park costs $21 for adults to enter, and we always use the $2 coupons from the website, so it’s $19 a person. There is excellent snorkeling, a sea lion show, beach chairs, a long beach (man made but with good views), a crocodile sanctuary, botanical gardens, and food for purchase. They are not pushy at all there, which we appreciate. The shopping in the International Pier area is good if you are looking for inexpensive. We got the best deals in the “Le Best Cozumel” for shirts for our kids. There’s a flea market (at least that’s what they call it) on the second floor and one store had really beautiful dishes for sale.
In Falmouth, we checked out the town. Normally, we’d go to Dunn’s River Falls, but have already been there three times. There is a nice bit of shopping in the port area. When you leave the port area, you will find a rather run down, old town. My husband was on a search for Blue Mountain Coffee, and he wound up finding a small supermarket that sold ground High Mountain Coffee for $10 a pound, so he bought that. There are historical buildings and such in Falmouth; it’s just a shame that it hasn’t been maintained better. Another place that was SO HOT, and we live in South Florida.
Labadee was a beautiful place. We got off the ship pretty early, so things were fairly quiet when we got to Nellie’s Beach. We even got shade. You do not need to pay for beach chairs; they are included at all the spots on the island. The sand is soft at Nellie’s and there were no rocks. My husband snorkeled and that was okay there because some areas in the water were sort of grassy (we bring our own gear). I enjoyed swimming in the clear water. It gets very hot there. Adrenaline Beach is under the giant zip lines. The water there was very silty, so not good snorkeling. The Artisan area has poor, pushy, desperate salesman. You can take trams to the beaches, but we just walked. This is a nice stop if you have kids because you can just enjoy the beaches. There are buffets set up at different areas. We actually headed back to the ship to eat because it was SO hot!
We just left and returned so it's average for me