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Oasis is a unique ship, and there are many facets of it that might not be obvious even to long-time cruisers. Here are a few "secrets" to make your next cruise on her even better: - Keep in mind that this is really a floating resort and not a typical cruise ship. That means the focus can be on restaurants, events, stores and activities, and not on "typical" cruise activities such as hanging out at the buffet, watching a show in the theater every night after dinner, or watching the sea go by. - It is actually quite difficult to see the ocean unless you have an outside cabin. The gym, dining rooms, pools, Central Park, Promenade and even the Boardwalk have limited or no view of the sea. It is even difficult to see where you're going in the Solarium at the front of the ship, which is enclosed in glass, due to the immense width of the area. - The one place that does have the standard "out on deck" feel is a little hidden (and not on any of the ship's maps). If you go to the port side (left looking forward) hallway on deck 14 forward, there is a button that you push which opens a door that lets you access the deck that is found on top of the bridge. This is the best place to see the bow of the ship (with the helicopter pad) as well as both sides front and back. The best place to view the sea behind the ship is on deck 5 (home of the running track with its professional cushioned surface). - Keeping with the floating resort theme, think of Oasis as a Vegas hotel like the Venetian. There are times when there are a LOT of people around (4,000+ during a big event on the Promenade), and other times/places where you can be by yourself (Central Park during a rain storm). - As has been noted, there are many restaurants on board (24 to be exact), and many of them are a great replacement for the Windjammer. The most hard-to-find ones are the donut shop on the Boardwalk, the Solarium Bistro in the front of the ship, the Wipe Out Cafe on the Sports Deck on the back starboard side of the ship, the Vitality Cafe in the spa, and the Izumi Asian Restaurant on the port side of deck 16 aft (note that this restaurant is unusual for a ship due to the fact that each item - including Sushi - is priced separately, like you would find on land). - An on-board phone (Royal Connect) is available which will allow you to stay in touch with your group no matter where they are on the ship. This is a wireless smart phone that includes text messaging, schedule information, and so on. This may be a better choice than the more common walkie-talkies that families use due to the fact that there are only a few channels on a walkie-talkie and 6000 possible users of those channels. - For a huge ship with a lot of shopping, there is very little in the way of sundries. Make sure that you have all the drugs, sun screen and food you want before boarding the ship. - Sign waivers for the zip line, surfing and more as soon as possible at the Sports Shack on deck 16 aft before the lines get long. - Buy of copy of the "Live the Oasis" guide book. This has a lot of great information and trivia about the ship, and is used for an on-board game show of the same name. - The photo system uses an advanced facial recognition system in conjunction with a personal folder to hold your photos (a typical photo wall for all pictures would simply be too big). If you do find a photo of yourself on the wall, be sure to take it to the photo desk and have them scan its barcode and your seapass card to insure that the system can group your photos together. - Be aware that there are many shows that do not require reservations, including the "Welcome Aboard" show, the Promenade parades, 70's night (don't miss this!), etc. Make sure once you get on board that the reservations you made online don't conflict with a non-reservation show/event that you want to see. Existing reservations for shows can be changed via the TVs in your cabin, and for restaurants by phone or in person. - There are many great features that have been added to the ship to aid the blind, including braille and touch signs nearly everywhere, and braille signs attached to the backs of the stair rails (near the ends of each rail) that indicate the current floor. - One not-so-secret aspect is clear if you read the reviews, which is that Oasis has a few problems. There are several changes in the works to fix some of the bigger problems with the ship, including the bad location of the outlets in the regular rooms (on the floor under the desk), the very unpleasant soot coming out of the stacks that routinely requires that the surf machines and zip line be closed (causing some potentially unpleasant rebooking problems), and issues with the TV booking software. The Chief Engineer told me that they are hoping to fix these problems before the summer season. - Finally, there are currently 39 "Small Wonders" art installations around the ship. These are 3D pictures in Viewmasters, objects in magnifying telescopes, and objects mounted on the walls. Try and find all of them on your own (some of the locations are quite obscure), but if you can't, a list of their locations is available on request from the Parkside Gallery.

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Oasis is a unique ship, and there are many facets of it that might not be obvious even to long-time cruisers. Here are a few "secrets" to make your next cruise on her even better:
- Keep in mind that this is really a floating resort and not a typical cruise ship. That means the focus can be on restaurants, events, stores and activities, and not on "typical" cruise activities such as hanging out at the buffet, watching a show in the theater every night after dinner, or watching the sea go by.
- It is actually quite difficult to see the ocean unless you have an outside cabin. The gym, dining rooms, pools, Central Park, Promenade and even the Boardwalk have limited or no view of the sea. It is even difficult to see where you're going in the Solarium at the front of the ship, which is enclosed in glass, due to the immense width of the area.
- The one place that does have the standard "out on deck" feel is a little hidden (and not on any of the ship's maps). If you go to the port side (left looking forward) hallway on deck 14 forward, there is a button that you push which opens a door that lets you access the deck that is found on top of the bridge. This is the best place to see the bow of the ship (with the helicopter pad) as well as both sides front and back. The best place to view the sea behind the ship is on deck 5 (home of the running track with its professional cushioned surface).
- Keeping with the floating resort theme, think of Oasis as a Vegas hotel like the Venetian. There are times when there are a LOT of people around (4,000+ during a big event on the Promenade), and other times/places where you can be by yourself (Central Park during a rain storm).
- As has been noted, there are many restaurants on board (24 to be exact), and many of them are a great replacement for the Windjammer. The most hard-to-find ones are the donut shop on the Boardwalk, the Solarium Bistro in the front of the ship, the Wipe Out Cafe on the Sports Deck on the back starboard side of the ship, the Vitality Cafe in the spa, and the Izumi Asian Restaurant on the port side of deck 16 aft (note that this restaurant is unusual for a ship due to the fact that each item - including Sushi - is priced separately, like you would find on land).
- An on-board phone (Royal Connect) is available which will allow you to stay in touch with your group no matter where they are on the ship. This is a wireless smart phone that includes text messaging, schedule information, and so on. This may be a better choice than the more common walkie-talkies that families use due to the fact that there are only a few channels on a walkie-talkie and 6000 possible users of those channels.
- For a huge ship with a lot of shopping, there is very little in the way of sundries. Make sure that you have all the drugs, sun screen and food you want before boarding the ship.
- Sign waivers for the zip line, surfing and more as soon as possible at the Sports Shack on deck 16 aft before the lines get long.
- Buy of copy of the "Live the Oasis" guide book. This has a lot of great information and trivia about the ship, and is used for an on-board game show of the same name.
- The photo system uses an advanced facial recognition system in conjunction with a personal folder to hold your photos (a typical photo wall for all pictures would simply be too big). If you do find a photo of yourself on the wall, be sure to take it to the photo desk and have them scan its barcode and your seapass card to insure that the system can group your photos together.
- Be aware that there are many shows that do not require reservations, including the "Welcome Aboard" show, the Promenade parades, 70's night (don't miss this!), etc. Make sure once you get on board that the reservations you made online don't conflict with a non-reservation show/event that you want to see. Existing reservations for shows can be changed via the TVs in your cabin, and for restaurants by phone or in person.
- There are many great features that have been added to the ship to aid the blind, including braille and touch signs nearly everywhere, and braille signs attached to the backs of the stair rails (near the ends of each rail) that indicate the current floor.
- One not-so-secret aspect is clear if you read the reviews, which is that Oasis has a few problems. There are several changes in the works to fix some of the bigger problems with the ship, including the bad location of the outlets in the regular rooms (on the floor under the desk), the very unpleasant soot coming out of the stacks that routinely requires that the surf machines and zip line be closed (causing some potentially unpleasant rebooking problems), and issues with the TV booking software. The Chief Engineer told me that they are hoping to fix these problems before the summer season.
- Finally, there are currently 39 "Small Wonders" art installations around the ship. These are 3D pictures in Viewmasters, objects in magnifying telescopes, and objects mounted on the walls. Try and find all of them on your own (some of the locations are quite obscure), but if you can't, a list of their locations is available on request from the Parkside Gallery.
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