Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by ddonalds
We had booked this cruise over a year ago, and to be honest, I'm not a person that ever picks a cruise as a vacation option unless there is some serious itinerary in place - I get violently seasick, so I prefer land vacations... BUT - we booked the Oasis because I wanted to see those trees growing in Central Park. I have never been as excited about going on a cruise, and I've actually been on some pretty good cruises... I had no interest in the ports, but I had extreme interest in the ship itself - and the ship did not disappoint! We went a couple days early because I was paranoid about potential weather problems (and boy, did I plan well this time). We went down on Thursday morning and spent a couple days in Delray. We also spent time in Ft Lauderdale (Johnny V's is one of my favorite restaurants). After seeing the weather that hit the mid-Atlantic this past week - we were SO lucky.... We had a rental car (Dollar), and they luckily had a return location located at the Port, so we picked up 2 of our group at their airport hotel (they came in Friday), dropped off the car at the return lot and got a shuttle directly to the ship terminal - so easy. We got there around 11:00 am, and walked right in, and right up to the check-in location. Everyone was so friendly, and so efficient. We were on the ship within about 10 minutes, and most of that was having photos taken. Once on the ship, we went directly to the Cupcake place to sign up for the decorating classes - I have no idea why that was so important to me, but it was and we totally enjoyed that class. After signing up, we went to Giovanni's for lunch - it was quite good, and the wait staff was excellent. By 1:00, we were able to get into our staterooms. We had room 7196 - middle of the ship, larger balcony - really nice room. I had taken the extension cord, and had no trouble with getting everything plugged in. The bed was near the bathroom, and the room was quite nice - lots of storage room, and we had a lot of stuff. I normally read about 8-10 books on a cruise, and there were too many things to do on this ship, and I only got 3 books read (most of which were done on the flights to and from). To rate the experience, I think the ship was amazing, the service was amazing, the shows were amazing and the food was good. We ate in the MDR all but one evening (when we ate at Chops) and everything I had was quite good - it's just that compared to the other areas, it wasn't at the same awesome level - it was just quite good.... I also spent some time at the Spa - great experience there. I had 3 massages and 1 facial - all were excellent (you get a discount when you schedule in volume - and I am still a relaxed puddle). I had never been to a Johnny Rockets - but the food there was great, and the service was - as everywhere else - amazing. Some of our group had some problems, so we spent some time in the Infirmary (I hope none of you get to know this), and they were very helpful and kind. DO BE CAREFUL around the Flowriders with slick decks - there are caution signs out, and they are needed.... Be very careful going down the concrete stairs.... We only did 2 excursions - a 5 Star Island tour in St Thomas which was quite bad (if you get Ronald - I hope you have better luck), which we reported to the ship - as did everyone else on that tour and the Butterfly Farm/ Marigot tour in St Martin - which was wonderful. I've been to Nassau too many times to want to really spend time off the ship, so we just walked around there for about an hour, then came back and enjoyed the ship... My favorite coffee place was Mondo's on Deck 6. My favorite place on the ship was Central Park, my favorite show was the Ice show (although they were all wonderful) and the entire staff on the ship was my favorite - they must have picked the best across their fleet! Getting off the ship at the end of the cruise was unexpectedly easy and fast. We went to the waiting area, and were getting concerned because things weren't moving as quickly as we had thought. Our flight was at 11:25 (and I'm one of those that has to be at the airport 2 hours in advance), and when they called us at about 8:10, I was afraid we would get stuck in a crowd. Oasis has it's own Customs area - so from the time I walked out of the room until the time I stepped in a cab (this includes walking off the ship, finding our luggage and going through customs) - it was 5 minutes. Unbelieveable! I would definitely go on this cruise again and I really loved the ship. It beat every expectation I had. Definitely be sure to go to the session where the Captain and the top management is there for information and questions - SO interesting...... And then I got home to 3 and a half feet of snow...... and no one to fix me meals or coffee. I don't like the real world......
ddonalds’s Full Rating Summary
Very large balcony, quiet, good location, lots of storage space.
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