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As frequent cruisers,we found the Oasis embarkation process to be the smoothest and fastest we've encountered. The ship itself is a vision of architectural fantasy. It is truly an awesome ship. It is beautiful and her crew members are absolutely fabulous. They are so anxious to please the guests in any way possible. Our cabin overlooked Central Park with a very calm and pleasing view. Central Park is not the busiest of the neighborhoods, so it was a very good place to be, although I think I would opt for an ocean view next time. The cabins overlooking the Promenade or the Boardwalk tended to be noisy until late evening and I wouldn't recommend them to people who go to bed early. Those interior, outside cabin do lack one thing -- the ocean. You get the feeling that you are on a floating resort or hotel, rather than a cruise. The cabins themselves were smaller than the lower category cabins on the Carnival ships. The bathrooms have one very nice feature -- a shower enclosure which keeps you from flooding the bathroom floor when you shower. However, the size of the sink is a joke. It is about the size of the sink in airplane bathrooms. It's difficut to get your hands under the faucet to wash them. That surely could have been a better design. Closets and drawers were adequate for two people, but again, smaller than on Carnival ships. It's a good thing they don't keep the lifevests in the closets, or there would have been no space for clothes. The formal Dining Room was very nice and the food was good. The My Time Dining option worked much better than we anticipated. There was never more than a 5 minute wait and, if you made reservations in advance, there was no waiting. The various complementary eating venues were nice and food was good, but we felt there were not enough complementary drink stations. If you wanted to get a glass of water, iced tea or lemonade, you had a long way to go to find one. Sorrento's pizza is excellent, especially if you like lots of cheese. The Park Cafe's Roast Beef Sandwiches were equally great. The food in the Windjammer Marketplace was a good variety and plentiful. There were a few other places to get a quick snack such as the Promenade Cafe, but the only self-serve yogurt machine was up on the Sports Deck and really out of the way. The donuts from the Donut Shop on the Boardwalk were greasy and not very good. There are a number of eating venues with other food for a price. The only one we tried was Johnny Rocket's, for Burgers, Fries and Milk Shakes which tasted fine, but turned out to be rather expensive. There was enough complementary food available that the premium food venues where you paid for the food didn't seem necessary. The Cup Cake House always seemed to be empty -- guess people didn't want to pay for a cupcake when you could get so many wonderful desserts at the complementary venues. The same goes for the Ice Cream Parlor -- heard lots of people grumble about having to pay for an ice cream cone. The loveliest place on the ship was the Solarium area which also features a great food venue offering wonderful fruits, salads and a lighter, healthier fare. It's a great place to relax, but since it's an "adults only" area, we only visited that area a few times when the little ones were off at the supervised children's centers which they really loved. The entertainment was good, when you got to see some. We had booked our shows in advance, as RCCL recommended, but many were cancelled due to rough seas. We were automatically rescheduled for a later time when we were already scheduled to see another show. We eventually got to see almost everything, but it took some doing. It's not easy to accommodate 5,400 passengers. While everyone had a great time, I think we will go back to the smaller, more conventional (and cheaper) cruise ships which give you more ocean views and the feeling that you really are cruising on the ocean.

Easter Week at Sea

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by MDCruise Lover

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As frequent cruisers,we found the Oasis embarkation process to be the smoothest and fastest we've encountered.
The ship itself is a vision of architectural fantasy. It is truly an awesome ship. It is beautiful and her crew members are absolutely fabulous. They are so anxious to please the guests in any way possible.
Our cabin overlooked Central Park with a very calm and pleasing view. Central Park is not the busiest of the neighborhoods, so it was a very good place to be, although I think I would opt for an ocean view next time. The cabins overlooking the Promenade or the Boardwalk tended to be noisy until late evening and I wouldn't recommend them to people who go to bed early. Those interior, outside cabin do lack one thing -- the ocean. You get the feeling that you are on a floating resort or hotel, rather than a cruise. The cabins themselves were smaller than the lower category cabins on the Carnival ships. The bathrooms have one very nice feature -- a shower enclosure which keeps you from flooding the bathroom floor when you shower. However, the size of the sink is a joke. It is about the size of the sink in airplane bathrooms. It's difficut to get your hands under the faucet to wash them. That surely could have been a better design. Closets and drawers were adequate for two people, but again, smaller than on Carnival ships. It's a good thing they don't keep the lifevests in the closets, or there would have been no space for clothes.
The formal Dining Room was very nice and the food was good. The My Time Dining option worked much better than we anticipated. There was never more than a 5 minute wait and, if you made reservations in advance, there was no waiting. The various complementary eating venues were nice and food was good, but we felt there were not enough complementary drink stations. If you wanted to get a glass of water, iced tea or lemonade, you had a long way to go to find one. Sorrento's pizza is excellent, especially if you like lots of cheese. The Park Cafe's Roast Beef Sandwiches were equally great. The food in the Windjammer Marketplace was a good variety and plentiful. There were a few other places to get a quick snack such as the Promenade Cafe, but the only self-serve yogurt machine was up on the Sports Deck and really out of the way. The donuts from the Donut Shop on the Boardwalk were greasy and not very good. There are a number of eating venues with other food for a price. The only one we tried was Johnny Rocket's, for Burgers, Fries and Milk Shakes which tasted fine, but turned out to be rather expensive. There was enough complementary food available that the premium food venues where you paid for the food didn't seem necessary. The Cup Cake House always seemed to be empty -- guess people didn't want to pay for a cupcake when you could get so many wonderful desserts at the complementary venues. The same goes for the Ice Cream Parlor -- heard lots of people grumble about having to pay for an ice cream cone.
The loveliest place on the ship was the Solarium area which also features a great food venue offering wonderful fruits, salads and a lighter, healthier fare. It's a great place to relax, but since it's an "adults only" area, we only visited that area a few times when the little ones were off at the supervised children's centers which they really loved.
The entertainment was good, when you got to see some. We had booked our shows in advance, as RCCL recommended, but many were cancelled due to rough seas. We were automatically rescheduled for a later time when we were already scheduled to see another show. We eventually got to see almost everything, but it took some doing. It's not easy to accommodate 5,400 passengers.
While everyone had a great time, I think we will go back to the smaller, more conventional (and cheaper) cruise ships which give you more ocean views and the feeling that you really are cruising on the ocean.
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