OASIS..AMAZES: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by 2much2sea

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Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale a day early on our own. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale Beach. A perfect location. The hotel overlooks the Inter-coastal on one side and the ocean on the other. (Great pool overlooking the beach.) Eat lunch or dinner at Coconuts across the street on the inter-coastal. The food was wonderful! Breakfast we ate outside overlooking the beach at St.Barts Coffee Cafe one block away. We then took a taxi to the port, very close by about 10:30 am.

Check in was so easy. Much faster and more organized than some of the smaller ships we've been on. We couldn't get in our room until 1:00, but enjoyed sitting in Central Park and the Park Cafe while waiting.Great new way for a lifeboat drill. You don't have to have your life jackets. This ship is just absolutely amazing from the moment you walk in. It is unbelievable how beautiful it is. The different "communities" make it very easy to get around. We had a balcony room toward the front of the More ship starboard side. It is definitely the side to be on. You can see everything from this side of the ship when you are docked in the ports. The room attendant was very attentive and personable. We had breakfast and afternoon cocktails delivered to our room almost daily. Room service was excellent. We had anytime dining. RCI wants you to make a reservation each night which kind of defeats the purpose. We like the way Princess does anytime dining much better, but this was OK. We found an excellent waiter/staff and requested his table each night. Entertainment was excellent! Hairspray, Come Fly With Me, The Ice Skating Show..All very professional and great. The theaters are wonderful. We had booked our tickets online. Do not miss the Oasis Show in the Aqua Outdoor Theater. I'm still in awe of how they are able to do this show on a moving ship! There are so many places to go and so much to do you can't possibly do it all. At night besides going to the shows we went to the Jazz Club, Latin club, Comedy Club, Pub and Casino. The Casino is huge and "very alive" almost all the time.

One complaint..the smell! 1/2 is smoking but you can smell the smoke all through the casino. The Cupcake Shop and the Donut shop were delicious..key lime donuts, coco cola cupcakes. I want one now! One of our favorite places was Central Park and the Park Cafe. We ate lunch there everyday or at the Solarium up by the pool. If you don't have kids I would suggest staying towards the front of the ship. During the day most everywhere we went was on the front. It's so easy; just up and down the elevator to the pool,solarium, spa, Central Park. This ship has a beautiful Spa and my two facials were wonderful. Most of the Kids stuff is at the back of the ship. This was our 6th RCI cruise. We are gold members which you don't get anything for on this ship except a coupon book. But, it didn't matter to us. We were treated very well and all of the staff went out of their way to be friendly and meet our every need. We plan to go back next year! Oh yes, I left out one thing. Make sure to do the Zip Line, another first for a ship. What fun! Less

Published 12/21/09

Cabin review: D612556 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin 12556. This was across from a door that the crew uses, but we really didn't hear them that much. We loved this location. Starboard side is definitely the best. We loved being up so high, 12th floor. We were also close to the elevators, but you can't hear them at all. These rooms are a bit smaller than some other ships but designed well to put everything away.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This port is too crowded. The shopping area is not nearly as nice as St. Thomas, St. Johns or St. Martin. We went on our own shopping. Hundreds of people walking from pier to town (There were 4 or 5 ships there when we were). Straw market is at the end to the right down by Senor Frogs. All types of good knock off designer hand bags and luggage. A lot of the merchandise reminds you of Canal Street in NYC. They do still have some ladies making the straw handbags and men doing wood carvings. It's fun, just very very crowded. One couple with us hadn't been to Atlantis before so they took a cab over there. They enjoyed seeing it, walking through it's aquarium, etc. It wasn't nearly as crowded over there and if you haven't seen it I would definitely do that.
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We love St. Martin. This time we went on our own shopping early..Joe's Jewelry has beautiful jewelry and is very reputable. One of the couples we were with has been buying jewelry there for years and we bought jewelry there last year. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. We then took a cab to Orient Beach for the day. We had them drop us off at Orange Crush, close to where the nude beach starts. We weren't on the nude side. This place has very comfortable chairs and its bar has a restroom that you can use if you have rented your chairs there. (One of the few places with a restroom) Ladies come by selling jewelry, cover ups, etc. but they're not pushy. We (the ladies in our group) enjoy shopping and sunning at the same time. You can also get a great massage for $30. This beach is beautiful, and there are jet skis, para sailing, etc.

We went shopping in the morning on our own, and then took a RCI shore excursion. A sailboat to a St. John's beach. The boat was great. It was a drive to Red Hook where you get on, but you drive through town and see part of the island along the way. We've been to St. Thomas several times so chose this to go snorkeling. The 3 man crew was excellent and a lot of fun. On the way back they make an excellent rum "painkiller".
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