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As first time cruisers, on the biggest ship, we did not know what to expect. Whether you come in by car, taxi, or shuttle you get in the same line as everyone else. The lines are long,but the entire process of going through customs, and then going upstairs to get in line again by group to get your ID/pass for the week goes smoothly and takes about an hour. Then you make your way into the ship and go to the elevators to find your room. If you were smart, you either changed that morning or brought clothes with you to change into. We went right up to the Solarium Bistro after checking out our room and found it easy to get lunch with plenty of places to sit. The food was great. Make sure you sign up with a group on cruise critic because they have an embarkation day get-together before leaving port, which is a great way to meet people and ask any questions you may have from people who have sailed before. The muster drill went well and only lasted about an hour. The captain does not speak until all guests are in their muster stations and accounted for. This was the longest part of the drill, probably because our meeting spot was just down the hall from our room. Leaving port was cool. If you had a room on the starboard side of the ship you got to see all the people waving goodbye to the ships leaving Port Canaveral, there were 3 ships that day. Dinner on the first night was in one of the main dining halls, called American Icon. The line of people without reservations was long so book early for my time dining. They ask you every night if you want to be alone or if you would join a group. I would highly suggest joining another couple or a group as it gives you a chance to meet people you may not otherwise have a chance to meet. Dinner conversations were memorable, and it was great to reconnect with the people when you saw them during the cruise. WHAT WE DID NOTICE on the first night and have not seen anyone else talk about was the movement of the ship. I am not saying it was a problem, but be aware that even though this boat is huge you can feel it move if the weather is rough. Made the trip more interesting, and didn't seem enough to get anybody sick. There is so much to do on the ship, don't try and do it all - there is not enough time. Look through the daily planning guide and pick the things that interest you. If you can, pre-book all the big activities like the ice show and the water show, they fill up fast. We found that the service was great, from the cabin cleanliness, to the friendly staff at the dining halls. Every employee we talked to was friendly and helpful. The ports were great for shopping and eating. Be aware that shore excursions can be cancelled because of weather or because not enough people have signed up. So we suggest having a couple of alternate options/ideas just in case. Disembarkation on the last day went as smooth as can be, you get sent off the ship in groups where you get your luggage and get in line to go through customs. We rented a car so all we had to do was find our shuttle to the rental office when we got outside. We booked out trip through Costco travel, they have great prices and often have cash back in the form of a gift card, and sometimes some other free perks. It may take some research but we found it easy to plan our own flights, hotels and rental cars. So if you have the time go for it. We plan to take another cruise in the future and try out some other islands in the Caribbean.

First time cruisers beware.

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by VTMck

Trip Details
As first time cruisers, on the biggest ship, we did not know what to expect. Whether you come in by car, taxi, or shuttle you get in the same line as everyone else. The lines are long,but the entire process of going through customs, and then going upstairs to get in line again by group to get your ID/pass for the week goes smoothly and takes about an hour.

Then you make your way into the ship and go to the elevators to find your room. If you were smart, you either changed that morning or brought clothes with you to change into. We went right up to the Solarium Bistro after checking out our room and found it easy to get lunch with plenty of places to sit. The food was great.

Make sure you sign up with a group on cruise critic because they have an embarkation day get-together before leaving port, which is a great way to meet people and ask any questions you may have from people who have sailed before.

The muster drill went well and only lasted about an hour. The captain does not speak until all guests are in their muster stations and accounted for. This was the longest part of the drill, probably because our meeting spot was just down the hall from our room. Leaving port was cool. If you had a room on the starboard side of the ship you got to see all the people waving goodbye to the ships leaving Port Canaveral, there were 3 ships that day.

Dinner on the first night was in one of the main dining halls, called American Icon. The line of people without reservations was long so book early for my time dining. They ask you every night if you want to be alone or if you would join a group. I would highly suggest joining another couple or a group as it gives you a chance to meet people you may not otherwise have a chance to meet. Dinner conversations were memorable, and it was great to reconnect with the people when you saw them during the cruise.

WHAT WE DID NOTICE on the first night and have not seen anyone else talk about was the movement of the ship. I am not saying it was a problem, but be aware that even though this boat is huge you can feel it move if the weather is rough. Made the trip more interesting, and didn't seem enough to get anybody sick.

There is so much to do on the ship, don't try and do it all - there is not enough time. Look through the daily planning guide and pick the things that interest you. If you can, pre-book all the big activities like the ice show and the water show, they fill up fast.

We found that the service was great, from the cabin cleanliness, to the friendly staff at the dining halls. Every employee we talked to was friendly and helpful.

The ports were great for shopping and eating. Be aware that shore excursions can be cancelled because of weather or because not enough people have signed up. So we suggest having a couple of alternate options/ideas just in case.

Disembarkation on the last day went as smooth as can be, you get sent off the ship in groups where you get your luggage and get in line to go through customs. We rented a car so all we had to do was find our shuttle to the rental office when we got outside.

We booked out trip through Costco travel, they have great prices and often have cash back in the form of a gift card, and sometimes some other free perks. It may take some research but we found it easy to plan our own flights, hotels and rental cars. So if you have the time go for it.

We plan to take another cruise in the future and try out some other islands in the Caribbean.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 6532
Cabins are large enough for two people to live comfortably for a week. You might have to wait for the other person to be done doing something before having a turn, but the size of the room is very similar to a hotel/motel room. Plenty of space to unpack everything you have and either hang it up or put it in a drawer or on a shelf. The balcony overlooks the ocean and has a small table with two chairs. (The chairs were great for clipping your bathing suits onto and letting them dry in the ocean breeze). Cabin was clean, and was cleaned at least twice daily. The room attendants bring you mail every evening (itinerary for the next day, important information, and shipboard offers).

It was very relaxing to lie in bed at night and look through the large patio door and watch the stars at night.
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