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We have been on many RCI ships but this is the first time for us on Oasis. We had mixed expectations - good and not so good - but we were pleasantly surprised at how our biggest fear was unfounded. With over 5,000 passengers we expected lines everywhere, an impossible time finding deck chairs or lounge chairs in bars and venues. To our amazement we had no problem at all in this regard until the last day when the weather was inclement and everyone was forced inside. Then it became difficult to find seats in some of the more popular areas. But we found little corners to sit and people watch and found Vintages most accommodating that afternoon. Make no mistake - Oasis is HUGE and you better bring your walking shoes. But the size allows space for so many activities and entertainment opportunities so it's definitely worth a try. I liked the way they had several venues in the "Entertainment" area on Deck 4. Also like the way the Casino was positioned - if you have to have one at least make it easy to circumvent for those of us who just cannot stand the cigarette smoke. You may have to go up one level, go across and then come down, but you can definitely avoid it like we did. We found bar service in Schooner Bar, Vintages and the Solarium as being the best Other outside bars are ok but the staff doesn't compare. We weren't fond of the bar staff at the pub and Boleros either. We ate in the dining room 3 times. The first time I could not cut nor chew the lamb and sent back two separate servings, finally settling for an oinion soup and a Caesar salad. We most likely would not have returned if it had not been for the fabulous wait staff we had. Soley, they were the reason we returned two nights - the food was nondescript but a step above the Windjammer. We had tapas at Vintages two nights which was great. Since we often eat lunch late and skip dinner we did just that a couple of other nights. We booked all our shows online before cruising which we would highly recommend you do. For some reason we could not advance book the comedy show but we did that on the interactive tv as soon as we found our cabin. Speaking of our cabin, we had a "large" inside and it was plenty spacious for us. LOTS of hangers in the closet (thank you!) and plenty of shelves and cubbies to stash your stuff. Safe is the standard type and it worked well. Mini fridge was a nice touch as some insides don't have them. Cabin steward (Leeran Forbes) was exceptional. We had a very hard bed and I have a painful hip and lower back - not a good mix. By day 2 Leeran had a topper in place that helped but was not ideal, but by day 3 Leeran had found a combination of topper and foam pad that allowed me to sleep soundly without pain the rest of the cruise. I could not have been more grateful. Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze! We drove to the port, paid our parking fee (reduced by 40% because we participated in the Parking voucher program - check out at Port Canaveral's website), parked our car, and checked our 2 bags at the terminal. If you have a lot of luggage you can drop that off first, then park. We were at the terminal by 10:15am, were sitting in the C&A Emerald section by 10:40am and our group was called to board by 11:15am. Getting off, we carried our luggage, we got on the elevator at about 6:50am (no elevator backup at that time), in a VERY long line on Deck 5 for maybe 5 min and then we started moving at a good pace. Only 4 people ahead of us at Customs, in the car and driving out of the parking deck about 7:15am. We opted to have breakfast at Rusty's at the port rather than deal with Windjammer. So we had a nice leisurely breakfast by the water and were in our car heading back to North Carolina by 8:30am I cannot discuss shore excursions, except to say they seem to be outrageously priced in many cases, because we didn't do any. We have been to all the ports before so we didn't bother. We took advantage of the Next Cruise offers and booked another cruise for October 2017. Olexandria was most helpful - we have not always had "nice" staff in this area, but she was a sweet-natured professional and we enjoyed the experience.

First Sail on Oasis

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by CGMCruisers

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We have been on many RCI ships but this is the first time for us on Oasis. We had mixed expectations - good and not so good - but we were pleasantly surprised at how our biggest fear was unfounded. With over 5,000 passengers we expected lines everywhere, an impossible time finding deck chairs or lounge chairs in bars and venues. To our amazement we had no problem at all in this regard until the last day when the weather was inclement and everyone was forced inside. Then it became difficult to find seats in some of the more popular areas. But we found little corners to sit and people watch and found Vintages most accommodating that afternoon.

Make no mistake - Oasis is HUGE and you better bring your walking shoes. But the size allows space for so many activities and entertainment opportunities so it's definitely worth a try. I liked the way they had several venues in the "Entertainment" area on Deck 4. Also like the way the Casino was positioned - if you have to have one at least make it easy to circumvent for those of us who just cannot stand the cigarette smoke. You may have to go up one level, go across and then come down, but you can definitely avoid it like we did. We found bar service in Schooner Bar, Vintages and the Solarium as being the best Other outside bars are ok but the staff doesn't compare. We weren't fond of the bar staff at the pub and Boleros either. We ate in the dining room 3 times. The first time I could not cut nor chew the lamb and sent back two separate servings, finally settling for an oinion soup and a Caesar salad. We most likely would not have returned if it had not been for the fabulous wait staff we had. Soley, they were the reason we returned two nights - the food was nondescript but a step above the Windjammer. We had tapas at Vintages two nights which was great. Since we often eat lunch late and skip dinner we did just that a couple of other nights.

We booked all our shows online before cruising which we would highly recommend you do. For some reason we could not advance book the comedy show but we did that on the interactive tv as soon as we found our cabin.

Speaking of our cabin, we had a "large" inside and it was plenty spacious for us. LOTS of hangers in the closet (thank you!) and plenty of shelves and cubbies to stash your stuff. Safe is the standard type and it worked well. Mini fridge was a nice touch as some insides don't have them. Cabin steward (Leeran Forbes) was exceptional. We had a very hard bed and I have a painful hip and lower back - not a good mix. By day 2 Leeran had a topper in place that helped but was not ideal, but by day 3 Leeran had found a combination of topper and foam pad that allowed me to sleep soundly without pain the rest of the cruise. I could not have been more grateful.

Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze! We drove to the port, paid our parking fee (reduced by 40% because we participated in the Parking voucher program - check out at Port Canaveral's website), parked our car, and checked our 2 bags at the terminal. If you have a lot of luggage you can drop that off first, then park. We were at the terminal by 10:15am, were sitting in the C&A Emerald section by 10:40am and our group was called to board by 11:15am. Getting off, we carried our luggage, we got on the elevator at about 6:50am (no elevator backup at that time), in a VERY long line on Deck 5 for maybe 5 min and then we started moving at a good pace. Only 4 people ahead of us at Customs, in the car and driving out of the parking deck about 7:15am. We opted to have breakfast at Rusty's at the port rather than deal with Windjammer. So we had a nice leisurely breakfast by the water and were in our car heading back to North Carolina by 8:30am

I cannot discuss shore excursions, except to say they seem to be outrageously priced in many cases, because we didn't do any. We have been to all the ports before so we didn't bother.

We took advantage of the Next Cruise offers and booked another cruise for October 2017. Olexandria was most helpful - we have not always had "nice" staff in this area, but she was a sweet-natured professional and we enjoyed the experience.
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