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Tenth cruise. RCCL, Princess, Holland-America. All wonderful. Travel to and from was good. Busses proviced transportation to the Miami airport. Previously the Miami airport was in tne midst of additional construction and with all the folks from cruise ships, it was a madhouse. Now, the construction is done and it was easy. Stayed at Bahia Mar in Ft. Lauderdale the day before sailing. Found the Pier 66 hotel folks mentioned, looks like a better bet with great view of the harbor. My reason for this cruise was to see this huge, technically advanced ship with all the ballyhooed features. Mission accomplished. Truly a marvel. As advertised, embarkation was a breeze, the 15 minute target was met. Disembarkation also a breeze. The cabin flat screen TVs are also good for finding out activities currently offered, what eating venues are busy or not, your shipboard account, Internet, and the bridge camera. Regular channel reception could be spotty occasionally. Without exception, the staff was friendly and helpful. We chose "My Time" dining, but got to the dining room at the same time each evening, got the same table, and the same wait staff. Just like assigned seating. Really liked the guys and had a great time with them. Had several issues with shipboard charges, went to the guest services desk, and they were promptly resolved. We do have a small issue with RCCL for what we called the "nickel and diming" us with on board charges. Save your Internet time for ports of call. Ten cents a minute ashore versus $0.55/minute aboard. At Chops Grille, we were presented with choice of two kinds of bottled water, both pricey, only to discover later that we could have had "tap" water out of a pitcher, as in the dining room. That was one of the charges that got removed from our account. On the other hand, the meat at Chops was about the best we ever had. Wine by the glass is quite pricey also, about twice what we would pay at a good restaurant at home. Ports of call were all places we've been to before, shore excursions about the same. At St. Thomas, the ship docks at Crown Bay, where the shopping area has been completed, and is quite nice. Still a cab ride into town. No tendering at any port. Entertainment was quite good at all the shows we attended. Well worth booking. Glad we did it.

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Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by hapycruzr

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Tenth cruise. RCCL, Princess, Holland-America. All wonderful.
Travel to and from was good. Busses proviced transportation to the Miami airport. Previously the Miami airport was in tne midst of additional construction and with all the folks from cruise ships, it was a madhouse. Now, the construction is done and it was easy.
Stayed at Bahia Mar in Ft. Lauderdale the day before sailing. Found the Pier 66 hotel folks mentioned, looks like a better bet with great view of the harbor.
My reason for this cruise was to see this huge, technically advanced ship with all the ballyhooed features. Mission accomplished. Truly a marvel. As advertised, embarkation was a breeze, the 15 minute target was met. Disembarkation also a breeze. The cabin flat screen TVs are also good for finding out activities currently offered, what eating venues are busy or not, your shipboard account, Internet, and the bridge camera. Regular channel reception could be spotty occasionally.
Without exception, the staff was friendly and helpful. We chose "My Time" dining, but got to the dining room at the same time each evening, got the same table, and the same wait staff. Just like assigned seating. Really liked the guys and had a great time with them. Had several issues with shipboard charges, went to the guest services desk, and they were promptly resolved. We do have a small issue with RCCL for what we called the "nickel and diming" us with on board charges. Save your Internet time for ports of call. Ten cents a minute ashore versus $0.55/minute aboard. At Chops Grille, we were presented with choice of two kinds of bottled water, both pricey, only to discover later that we could have had "tap" water out of a pitcher, as in the dining room. That was one of the charges that got removed from our account. On the other hand, the meat at Chops was about the best we ever had. Wine by the glass is quite pricey also, about twice what we would pay at a good restaurant at home.
Ports of call were all places we've been to before, shore excursions about the same. At St. Thomas, the ship docks at Crown Bay, where the shopping area has been completed, and is quite nice. Still a cab ride into town. No tendering at any port. Entertainment was quite good at all the shows we attended. Well worth booking.
Glad we did it.
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Cabin 7216
Our cabin, category D, midships deck 7 was fine. A bit tight, but that was expected. Nice balcony with connection to adjoining balcony at our request. Nice bed, sofa, storage is tricky, lots of little places, one of which we didn't discover until the cruise was done. Bathroom small, but quite adequate, closet space a little unhandy to reach due to the bed. Quiet location. Good cabin steward.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Nassau
    The island and town itself are fine British locales with the usual shopping, eating, and recreational opportunities. However, to leave the dock area and get into town or elsewhere, one must funnel through a building which is basically a straw market. With four or five ships docked at once, the crowd crush is very unpleasant. It gets worse closer to sailing time when everyone needs to get back to their respective ship at the same time. There is a security check inside, and it gets quite backed up. Lunch for four at the Iguana on the main drag runs around $70. Good food though.
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  • St. Maarten
    Philipsburg is prettier than Charlotte Amalie. Otherwise, the same opportunities to spend money. Water taxi from the dock area to town at $6.00 for all day back and forth. $4.00 one way. Regular taxis also for ??. It's a long walk otherwise.
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  • St. Thomas
    Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas is about the same as always, a bit older, crowded, the usual shopping for jewelery, electronics, perfumes, and liquor. Snorkled here and it was nicely done with lots of critters to see. Lots of cabs to get one from and to the ship for about $4.00 each way.
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