Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by wisnir
- Sail Date: October 2017
- Destination: Western Caribbean
DINING: We dined in one of the main dining rooms, Silk late seating. The section head waiter Ade, was fast to correct seating issue and we were seated at a table for six, #814, with waiter Mary Ann and assistant waiter, Leo who also provided exceptional service. The food section in the MDR has been scaled back however, the was always a choice of seafood, meat, poultry and vegetarian was very good EXCEPT for something called the "beef strip lion" which was tough, and perhaps not USDA choice cut of beef. Do go to the Solarium Bistro for breakfast and lunch it is forward on deck 15 and most of the time not crowded, and has the same basic selections as the Windjammer buffet. We don't do the specialty restaurants, too expensive for what you get.
OUR CABIN: Deck 11 outside superior balcony #11538 was spacious for Royal Caribbean, it has two outlets, the standard round shower and plenty of storage space, a sofa, small table and desk. The balcony had two chairs and a regular size table. Our cabin steward, Bailey provided excellent service.
SHORE EXCURSIONS: we did one shore excursion, to the Great Hope Plantation in Jamaica and we toured the old plantation house and had a traditional high tea which was excellent for the $53 charge per person.
The beach at Labadee, Jamaica was nice but it had a lot of uneven areas and rocks which being older did not try to navigate into the warm Caribbean Sea waters. My wife in our younger days were beach people, but it appears now with it being hard to get in or out of the water we are now "pool people"
SHOWS: We saw an ABBA tribute show and "Come Fly with Me" a production show and both were excellent, the Aqua show in the rear of the ship was cancelled due to high winds, so we did not get an opportunity to see it.
CASINO ROYALE: The casino had a variety of older and new generation of slot machines, the standard table games,two roulette tables, multiple blackjack tables, two craps tables Two each of Let it Ride, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold em tables and quite frankly they could have had an additional table of each of these games as the tables were general full between 8 pm and midnight with the regular and frequent Casino Royale Players Club guests.
Table limits are $5 and up particularly at the blackjack tables. During the cruise in the casino, I did not hear of any "big" slot players jackpots being hit.
About the Casino Royale Players Club, it used to be generous in their giving free cabins for players, but not they tightened up those requirements. It used to take 1600 points to quality for an inside cabin, now it is 2400 points: it used to be 2400 points for an ocean view cabin, now it is 3600 points; it used to be 2400 points for a balcony, now its 3600 points. In slots it takes $4 of wagering to earn one point. The table play is based upon the time played, the amount wagered, the amount of money exchanged for chips and your win loss ratio, difficult for a guest to keep track of or calculate. The casino is on deck 4 midship.
DISEMBARKMENT: It was a breeze, off the shop at the time scheduled and luggage pick up to ground transportation in less than 45 minutes.
TIP: If you have mobility issues, make sure your cabin is in the aft or rear part of ships as that is where the main dining room and Windjammer buffet is location. This awesome vessel is long and if you use a cane, walker, wheelchair or scooter it is a hike to get to the MDR.
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