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This sailing was my 2nd on the Oasis of the Seas and my 16th sailing with Royal Caribbean International. For both sailings on this ship, the experience was pretty great. A noteworthy thing, (mostly for any/all C&A members...) is the embarkation and disembarkation processes. The terminal in Port Canaveral was well manned, organized, and prepared for a massing of this many people. (One day to handle almost 13,000 people is a difficult endeavor!) The process was very smooth and we, as a party of 6, were able to go from arriving at the port to stepping foot on the ship in app. 30 minutes. Give or take a bit of time because we are able to use the Diamond Line for embarkation. The disembarkation process was equally as smooth and steady! We had Group 9 for the luggage tags and we were able to disembark around 8:05am. For the majority of our time on the ship, the services, entertainment, dining, and cabins were exemplary. We had 3 Superior Ocean View Balcony Cabins, and everything was fantastic! The cabin size can *comfortably* fit around 3-4 people. While this definitely can vary for most people, it was not a problem for us. The attendant we had was also extremely helpful and punctual. He, like most of the crew onboard, was a pleasant and efficient guy! The rooms were always kept exceptional and there wasn't ever a problem with cleanliness or hygiene. The dining options on the Oasis are high quality and plentiful. With a number of specialty restaurants and a healthy dose of complimentary as well, you're bound to find something for any/all cravings! While this trip we only ate at one specialty restaurant, Chops Grille, the complimentary locations are still extremely high quality. Chops Grille continues to be one of my favorite venues to spend a little extra money and splurge. While it was definitely brought down by slow service and over-crowding, the food quality was exceptional. We did have to wait longer than it should take for 2, waiting around 20 minutes past reservation time for a table, but it was still worth the wait. The starters are absolutely phenomenal (Both my fiance and I highly recommend the Goat Cheese Salad) and the entrees are just the same. The dessert menu was a little underwhelming, but the options are still solid. All in all, the experience is worth the price of admission. The final two things I want to touch on in this small review is the entertainment (crowding...) and the ports of call/excursions. We had three sea days in our itinerary and normally, that would mean a lot of activities could be completed. However, this is where the one fault, in my opinion, of the Oasis falls. The crowding of any/all entertainment venues during a sea day is immense. While this is logical (6.5k people after all...), it gets a bit tedious and annoying to surf through waves after waves of people just to get to lunch, all while the doors are locked open letting the Caribbean heat tear through any hope of cooling down! Anyway, the crowding on the ship during sea days is a detriment. The activities on this ship are really enjoyable, when you manage to get to them. The Ports of Call we visited were St. Maarten, San Juan, and Labadee. We visited Maho Beach in St. Maarten, also known as the Airplane Beach! This is our third trip to Maho, and it is still as exhilarating as ever when an Airbus flies 20 feet above your head! The weather was overcast and we experienced a small amount of rain. The Sunset Bar and Grill adjacent to Maho is an awesome place with great bar options and a quality menu. This stop is definitely worth the $8 taxi ride per person (one way). Just don't miss the ship! (Tip: Leave about an hour or more for the return to the ship.) Our second Port of Call was San Juan. My fiance and I had the Rainforest Drive Excursion planned for this stop. However, after we were force to get up at 6 A.M and forced to walk off the pier in the middle of thunderstorm, getting our belongings and selves soaking wet, they canceled it just before we stepped foot on the bus. The lack of communication between the Excursion team and the locals was definitely a major setback of this port. While things probably would have been perfectly smooth if the weather decided to hold up, the fact that a lack of communication inhibited our morning was disappointing! Labadee is exactly what it should be, a nice beach stay with a beautiful sand and clear blue water. We had a cabana at Nellies Beach and it was definitely worth the $400 price tag. While it is expensive, the views and shade especially were incredible. All in all, it was a fantastic voyage and an awesome experience. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes a plethora of activities and doesn't mind the occasional crowd of people. Oasis of the Seas gets a 4/5!

A fantastic experience occasionally hindered by crowding.

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by JRC Cruising

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This sailing was my 2nd on the Oasis of the Seas and my 16th sailing with Royal Caribbean International. For both sailings on this ship, the experience was pretty great.

A noteworthy thing, (mostly for any/all C&A members...) is the embarkation and disembarkation processes. The terminal in Port Canaveral was well manned, organized, and prepared for a massing of this many people. (One day to handle almost 13,000 people is a difficult endeavor!) The process was very smooth and we, as a party of 6, were able to go from arriving at the port to stepping foot on the ship in app. 30 minutes. Give or take a bit of time because we are able to use the Diamond Line for embarkation. The disembarkation process was equally as smooth and steady! We had Group 9 for the luggage tags and we were able to disembark around 8:05am.

For the majority of our time on the ship, the services, entertainment, dining, and cabins were exemplary. We had 3 Superior Ocean View Balcony Cabins, and everything was fantastic! The cabin size can *comfortably* fit around 3-4 people. While this definitely can vary for most people, it was not a problem for us. The attendant we had was also extremely helpful and punctual. He, like most of the crew onboard, was a pleasant and efficient guy! The rooms were always kept exceptional and there wasn't ever a problem with cleanliness or hygiene.

The dining options on the Oasis are high quality and plentiful. With a number of specialty restaurants and a healthy dose of complimentary as well, you're bound to find something for any/all cravings! While this trip we only ate at one specialty restaurant, Chops Grille, the complimentary locations are still extremely high quality. Chops Grille continues to be one of my favorite venues to spend a little extra money and splurge. While it was definitely brought down by slow service and over-crowding, the food quality was exceptional. We did have to wait longer than it should take for 2, waiting around 20 minutes past reservation time for a table, but it was still worth the wait. The starters are absolutely phenomenal (Both my fiance and I highly recommend the Goat Cheese Salad) and the entrees are just the same. The dessert menu was a little underwhelming, but the options are still solid. All in all, the experience is worth the price of admission.

The final two things I want to touch on in this small review is the entertainment (crowding...) and the ports of call/excursions. We had three sea days in our itinerary and normally, that would mean a lot of activities could be completed. However, this is where the one fault, in my opinion, of the Oasis falls. The crowding of any/all entertainment venues during a sea day is immense. While this is logical (6.5k people after all...), it gets a bit tedious and annoying to surf through waves after waves of people just to get to lunch, all while the doors are locked open letting the Caribbean heat tear through any hope of cooling down! Anyway, the crowding on the ship during sea days is a detriment. The activities on this ship are really enjoyable, when you manage to get to them.

The Ports of Call we visited were St. Maarten, San Juan, and Labadee. We visited Maho Beach in St. Maarten, also known as the Airplane Beach! This is our third trip to Maho, and it is still as exhilarating as ever when an Airbus flies 20 feet above your head! The weather was overcast and we experienced a small amount of rain. The Sunset Bar and Grill adjacent to Maho is an awesome place with great bar options and a quality menu. This stop is definitely worth the $8 taxi ride per person (one way). Just don't miss the ship! (Tip: Leave about an hour or more for the return to the ship.)

Our second Port of Call was San Juan. My fiance and I had the Rainforest Drive Excursion planned for this stop. However, after we were force to get up at 6 A.M and forced to walk off the pier in the middle of thunderstorm, getting our belongings and selves soaking wet, they canceled it just before we stepped foot on the bus. The lack of communication between the Excursion team and the locals was definitely a major setback of this port. While things probably would have been perfectly smooth if the weather decided to hold up, the fact that a lack of communication inhibited our morning was disappointing!

Labadee is exactly what it should be, a nice beach stay with a beautiful sand and clear blue water. We had a cabana at Nellies Beach and it was definitely worth the $400 price tag. While it is expensive, the views and shade especially were incredible.

All in all, it was a fantastic voyage and an awesome experience. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes a plethora of activities and doesn't mind the occasional crowd of people.

Oasis of the Seas gets a 4/5!
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