Amazing Oasis!: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by Axua82

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Amazing Oasis!

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
After reading some of the other cruisers reviews, I felt like i should clear up certain things for those of you who have maybe never cruised on RCCL or at all. Yes, there will ALWAYS be things that can go wrong, things that you are not crazy about, but anyway here it goes:

EMBARCATION: A BREEZE! Porters were everywhere collecting luggage as soon as you pulled up, and RCCL staff were directing you to the main entrance of the terminal. I arrived at around 11am and was on board by 11:10, no joke!

After a light lunch and stroll of the beautiful pool deck, 1 o'clock came around and the staterooms were available to guests. By 1:15 my luggage had already been delivered! I was guessing that with the volume of people and the sheer size of the ship it would be well past 6pm before I could expect to have luggage delivered!

STATEROOM: I had a Balcony cabin on deck 8, the beds were unusually comfortable and seemed a tad larger than the other ships I've sailed on (both More with RCCL,and other lines) and the room was pretty standard in all other aspects. Balcony was about that on Freedom-class ships, as well as restroom layout. Only slightly negative thing were the pillows! Hard, and had a plastic like cover under the pillowcase, which I know is for hygiene, but still not very easy to get comfortable on....

ENTERTAINMENT: Honestly I'm not big on Broadway style shows, but i did see part of the Hairspray show and if you are into that type of entertainment, you would probably enjoy it. The Aqua Theater had a show that was good, but seems that they have not yet had a chance to fine tune it for an entire production. What i saw was pretty spectacular though. Very high tech and a true innovation for any ship! The Ice skating show was great, again very much like the ones on the Voyager and Freedom-class ships. I never made it to the comedy shows which was a bummer, but there seemed to be many shows at the comedy club throughout the cruise. Casino was HUGE and had just about all the games like black jack, poker, let it ride, slots, etc...

FOOD: I tried the "My time dining" and thought it worked well. I also enjoyed the food from the Windjammer buffet. I'm not too big on seafood or steaks, so i didn't try the MANY specialty restaurants. There were many options from Asian, Italian, and Steak house style dining. The food, again, is the same as on all the other RCCL cruises I've been on, and for my taste, better than most cruise lines I've been on (which include Carnival, Princess, Norwegian), but not as good as Disney cruise line's food.

Over 5,000 people on board? WHERE ARE THE CROWDS? Not ONCE did i feel that there were this many people on this ship.

The ship is truly AMAZING! Not just for its size, but for the innovations that you will not find on any other ships, or even on land based resorts. The RISING TIDE BAR was one of my favorite places to sit and enjoy the ever-changing scenery, from Central Park, to the Royal Promenade. Boleros had the BEST Mojitos made by Adrian, and a nice place to hear live music from the band. Blaze nightclub was also a fun late night venue.

The Solarium was just beautiful. Never crowded, always inviting.

The zip-line is a MUST! Its not a long stretch but it is really a neat thing to do while on a ship!

Strongly recommend express departure, i walked off the ship when I was ready.

I can go on and on, but don't want to bore anyone! If you have any questions feel free to contact me at Less

Published 12/21/09

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Port and Shore Excursions

Went to Atlantis resort for a day at the beach. Beaches and resort were nice, but costly. Sorry, not to much to say about this port, but the beaches were very nice.

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St. Maarten is another one of my favorite islands of the Caribbean. You can catch a water taxi ride for $6 round-trip to the main beach just steps away from the ship. There are restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a great Beach with views of the ship. Plenty of water sports like jet skis, para-sailing, snorkel trips are available here too, and best of all its all at your leisure.

While in port in St. Thomas, there were 4 other ships also in port. Why does this matter? TRAFFIC! Not only is Oasis arriving with 5000+ guests, but this can really make a short drive into town turn into a 30+ minute event! I can recommend just skipping any planned excursions (unless you have your eye on one that you just HAVE to do!) and catch a cab to Megan's Bay. It is truly one of the most beautiful beaches not only in the Caribbean, but the world. Don't miss it! If you have been to Megan's Bay, try going to Coki beach, or catching a tour to St. John's Trunk Bay, also another one of the most beautiful sights of the Caribbean. DO AVOID Blackbeard Castle tour... Not only has Blackbeard himself ever even set foot on St. Thomas, but its not impressive, and there are other things to do on this island...

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