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This is ideal for families. So much to do there is never a boring moment and it is less expensive then Disney. Among family favourites: Dreamworks characters, zip line, mini golf, ice skating, surf simulator, rock climbing, scavenger hunts, trivia, family kids' club activities (bingo, science experiments, art, etc.) and Sorrento's pizza. And these are all included in the fare! Our kids also enjoyed the arcade and Dreamworks breakfast which were an added cost. The kids' clubs offer a wide array of activities with a great view of the sea. Our own children do not like to go to the club, but enjoy the family activities run by their staff, which are very friendly and reliable. Rooms with bunk beds are a must for our family so everyone can sleep in their own bed. This time, we tried the Boardwalk balcony room number 12709. It was a great compromise since we could still have a view of the ocean through the back of the ship and enjoy the free Coca-Cola drinks packages for 2, the family reserved rock climbing (which is very limited, so sign up on the first day!), and the Specialty dining at Johnny Rockets diner for 4! Don't like crowds of large ships? Just learn to manoeuver around them by spending some time on the ship on port days and do the most popular activities before 10am on sea days. Keep your Specialty dining reservations for sea days when the ship is more crowded. There are so many places to eat for free, we normally do not pay for Specialty Dining. However, we received a dinner for two at 150 Central Park for free and we truly enjoyed the quiet atmosphere, delicious dishes, and wonderful service from Srdjan. My husband and I used the gym and the running track (very long and shaded on deck 5). Yoga and spinning classes are at an additional cost. :( We had a wonderful time on the Jungle Tubing Adventure to Bamboo Beach in Falmouth, Jamaica. It was the perfect length and price for our family of 4 with children 9 and 11 years old. The entire excursion lasted approx. 2.5 hours with a ride in an air-conditioned bus to the beach where we left our belongings. The bus driver then took us to the top of the river where we put on safety gear and got in the river as a group with a guide. The view was beautiful, the river speed was perfect for us, and the Jamaican heat did not get to us since we were in the water. I would highly recommend this excursion. The cruise ship lost some of our pictures (embarkation day) but made it up to us by giving us two pictures of our choice for free. Last year on Allure of the Seas, we heard that everyone's pictures were lost and many were very upset. For this reason, I recommend not pre-purchasing the entire set of photos.

Great for families!

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by Cruise Crazy Family

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Boardwalk View Balcony
This is ideal for families. So much to do there is never a boring moment and it is less expensive then Disney. Among family favourites: Dreamworks characters, zip line, mini golf, ice skating, surf simulator, rock climbing, scavenger hunts, trivia, family kids' club activities (bingo, science experiments, art, etc.) and Sorrento's pizza. And these are all included in the fare! Our kids also enjoyed the arcade and Dreamworks breakfast which were an added cost.

The kids' clubs offer a wide array of activities with a great view of the sea. Our own children do not like to go to the club, but enjoy the family activities run by their staff, which are very friendly and reliable.

Rooms with bunk beds are a must for our family so everyone can sleep in their own bed. This time, we tried the Boardwalk balcony room number 12709. It was a great compromise since we could still have a view of the ocean through the back of the ship and enjoy the free Coca-Cola drinks packages for 2, the family reserved rock climbing (which is very limited, so sign up on the first day!), and the Specialty dining at Johnny Rockets diner for 4!

Don't like crowds of large ships? Just learn to manoeuver around them by spending some time on the ship on port days and do the most popular activities before 10am on sea days. Keep your Specialty dining reservations for sea days when the ship is more crowded.

There are so many places to eat for free, we normally do not pay for Specialty Dining. However, we received a dinner for two at 150 Central Park for free and we truly enjoyed the quiet atmosphere, delicious dishes, and wonderful service from Srdjan.

My husband and I used the gym and the running track (very long and shaded on deck 5). Yoga and spinning classes are at an additional cost. :(

We had a wonderful time on the Jungle Tubing Adventure to Bamboo Beach in Falmouth, Jamaica. It was the perfect length and price for our family of 4 with children 9 and 11 years old. The entire excursion lasted approx. 2.5 hours with a ride in an air-conditioned bus to the beach where we left our belongings. The bus driver then took us to the top of the river where we put on safety gear and got in the river as a group with a guide. The view was beautiful, the river speed was perfect for us, and the Jamaican heat did not get to us since we were in the water. I would highly recommend this excursion.

The cruise ship lost some of our pictures (embarkation day) but made it up to us by giving us two pictures of our choice for free. Last year on Allure of the Seas, we heard that everyone's pictures were lost and many were very upset. For this reason, I recommend not pre-purchasing the entire set of photos.
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Cabin Review

Boardwalk View Balcony
Cabin 1I 12709
Rooms with bunk beds are a must for our family so everyone can sleep in their own bed. This time, we tried the Boardwalk balcony room number 12709. It was a great compromise since we could still have a view of the ocean through the back of the ship and enjoy the free Coca-Cola drinks packages for 2, the family reserved rock climbing (which is very limited, so sign up on the first day!), and the Specialty dining at Johnny Rockets diner for 4!

We are used to cruising and spend little time in our cabin, so we don't mind that it is tight space. However, when our kids become teenagers, we are thinking we may splurge on the junior suite which was offered to us a week before the cruise for an added $250 CDN for a lot more space, a tub, a curtain separating the main bed from the other beds, and a wider balcony including a lounger.

Our room was always well serviced, the balcony was a fair size.

The only other drawback is more noise from the Boardwalk until approx. 10pm where you hear the bell of the carousel every 5 minutes and the occasional sound from the shows and movies at the AquaTheater. However, we never had trouble falling asleep and the mornings were quiet.

We would gladly reserve this room again.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Falmouth
    We felt more comfortable booking an excursion in Jamaica via the cruise ship. The cost was reasonable for a family of 4. The excursion was approx. 2.5 hour which is perfect with children 9 and 11 years old. The AC bus picked us up at the pier. After 30 minutes drive, it took us to a beach to drop off our belongings (left on a bench, so don't bring valuables). Then, it took us to the top of the river where we were outfitted with safety gear and launched down the river attached to each other with a guide. The speed of the water and the size of the rapids was perfect for our family. This was a perfect excursion in a hot location. We returned to the beach where our belongings were untouched and the bus driver arrived shortly after to bring us back to the ship. I would highly recommend this tour!
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  • Labadee
    This is a great family favourite! You simply walk off the ship with your ship card and make your way to the beaches by foot or on trolley. Families prefer the beach on the right near the splash pad (wish this one was in the shade like on Disney's Castaway Cay) which features a calm beach with beautiful sand and a view of the ship. This year, we went left where there are more rocks and algae but our children enjoyed the small waves. There are bars and buffets set up for your enjoyment. You need to pay for an umbrella though.
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  • Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    Although there is nothing wrong with Port Canaveral, we much prefer to cruise from Fort Lauderdale which is 7 minutes from the airport. We took a private SUV transfer with Mercado Transportation to Cape Canaveral and stayed one night in an oceanview room at the Best Western Cocoa Beach. Great beach hotel for families.
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