Great big ship: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by hkupch
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Great big ship
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was our 9th cruise, 3rd this year and 2nd to the Carribean. Had been on Carnival Miracle to the Eastern Carribean before, see http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=22241
Embarkation: Came by car to FLL, took the rental car shuttle to terminal 18. Free of charge, quick and easy. Embarkation was not done in 15 minutes as promised, but the 25 minutes from entering the terminal to get to the cabin were still quite OK. Took longer than necessary due to very unqualified employees at the checkin counters. There were not too many people (fortunately) and they had lots of counters open, but they have to train the people to know what to do. Total chaos, at least it felt like it.
Ship: Wow, isn't that what everybody says ? Have to agree. Bigger is not always better, but for our taste it has much more advantages than disadvantages. Enough descriptions More around what to find on the ship, so I skip that. Loading and unloading people to/from ship was besides disembarkation (more later) always well organized and took much less time than on most smaller ships we have been on.
Food: Had My Time Dining and in general like the concept of going to the dining room whenever we like. Have been there only once during this cruise and had no wait at all to get a table for two. Waiters and all employees in our area where surprisingly unfriendly, stressed and hectic. We did not like the menue that evening and did not like at all the menues we checked the other days, so we never got back there. Tried to remove the gratuities due to that for the dining room stuff, but that is impossible with MTD. Unfair I think, because this time there was nobody who earned the money.... Had most meals in Windjammer buffet and liked it. Always something to our taste. Also used Sorrento and Park Cafe sometimes, both nice. Had none of the pay restaurants this trip and did not miss it either.
Entertainment: Big Big surprise ! We are usually not easy to impress and do not like most of the entertainment we have seen on ships so far. Different this time. Only exception was the show we thought would be the best: Headliner Mosaic. Great performers, exceptional voices but the choice of titles they performed was horrible. We were so disappointed! Only the additional song at the very end (Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling) was very good. Shame that this was the only one. Frozen in Time, the ice show was fantastic, especially the special appearance of the Ukraine sand artist. Come Fly with me was much much better than we expected, the choreography was in parts just plain superb. Very good choice of songs, great singers, dancers and artists, very good technical effects. The comedians were funny and good. The Aqua show was much better than we thought, and the Aqua theater is really something very special on board a ship. Did not like the parades on deck 5, did not see Hairspray. Casino big and Las Vegas style, lots of slots and table games. Just the concept of the Poker tournaments is a flop, they have no SitnGo just a "tour" where you qualify for later tournaments to win "big prizes". Nothing I look for on a ship, so I did not participate.
Disembarkation: Express disembarkation started to work quite well, were able to leave the ship by 6.45 am But the immigration process was horrible. Probably not directly RCCL fault, but they had by far not enough counters open, the people working there were extremely slow, so it took forever to get the people moving out. Had still enough time to get to MIA, using a GO Shuttle for 52 USD for the two of us, took only maybe 25 minutes due to low traffic on a Saturday morning. Less
Cabin review: D17592 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Large Balcony
D1 cabin 7592 is at the left edge of the starboard cabins with extended balcony. So that means the balcony is a little smaller then for the cabin to the right, but still much bigger than the normal balconies. Too bad that for the higher price you do not get other chairs on the balcony, there would be enough space for it. Cabin size OK for two, bath and shower small but nice. Liked the big flat screen TV, but the interactive communication system needs a lot of improvement still. Good to have one european 220V power outlet in addition to the US under the table, so no adapter was needed for us here.Read All Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Large Balcony (D1) Reviews >>
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