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Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Oasis - Like No Vacation On Earth

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by Evilblah

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2010
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean

Day 1 - Boarding

Boarding was quick and easy, especially cruising with a suite in the family. Royal provided maps of the ship at check-in which was helpful for those in the family who knew nothing about the ship. The Royal Promenade when first boarding really is impressive. After dropping our bags off at the rooms (we had 2 connecting hump balconies and an Owner's Suite)we explored the ship for a while and ate at the Wipeout Cafe, which was a great first meal. The safety drill was painless, all the Muster Stations are set up in a common area (our's was in Studio B) and are without life jackets. The first dinner in the main dining room was good. The ship is very active at night and is one of the highlights of the day. The first night we had no problems as far as the rooms went. The screens near the elevators with dining options, maps, etc. are all touch screen and are a huge help.

Day 2 - Nassau

We didnt go ashore in Nassau although we had wanted to go to Atlantis to do Aquaventure but the price was crazy ($145 pp) and by the time everything was said and done we would only have about 3 hours of time on the slides. We spent most of today exploring the ship which was a lot of fun. Central Park was amazing. The added sound effects of birds, etc. helped set the mood. The Boardwalk was just as impressive, Royal did a great job of the theming, everything seemed to fit in place nicely. The Rising Tide was an engineering marvel in itself and the fountains underneath it were a nice touch

Day 3 - At Sea

Got some much needed relaxation time in the cabin and around the ship. Played some bingo (the prices were reasonable but got jacked up at the end of the week). Ate at Chops today, which was great but took a while to finish the meal due to the fact we were 7 people and ordered a lot. Karaoke in the On Air Club was a lot of fun and we made sure to do it a couple of times during the week.

Day 4 - St. Thomas

Great port, havent been there in years. We took a snorkeling excursion to Turtle Cove which was a great place to see (as its name suggests) turtles and had a pretty good reef. The boat ride to and from the cove was fun and we were back on board by lunch. The Windjammer IS smaller than it is on Freedom class ships but it didnt really affect how crowded it was too much.

Day 5 - St. Martaan

Went to Princess Juliana Intl. Airport on Maho beach. Was a lot of fun having planes fly only a few feet over our heads and getting sand blasted by planes taking off. One of the most exciting thing's ive ever done. Definitely recommend it.

Days 6 and 7 - At Sea

Two sea days was a great way to relax and not worry about waking up early etc. Slept til 2 pm each day. All of the shows were great, Hairspray was phenomenal and would have seen it again. The ice show was great and i was impressed. Having seen 6 other ice shows on other ships, this one was up there with one of the best. The aqua show was incredible for something done on land, let alone on a ship moving 25 mph. The fountain shows were great too. The AquaTheater was a great venue. I ran on the track every day for a mile or two. Just over 2 laps around the ship is a mile, which is unbelievable. The track's themed like a highway and has signs on the side that say "Keep your Pace" and "No Idling" along with directional signs like you would find on a highway directing you to exits such as the Boardwalk, Promenade, and Fitness Center.

Final Thoughts

In general Oasis was a great experience. Especially after following the ship for over 2 and a half years. It was everything i expected and more. Out of my 7 cruises there's no difficulty in saying this way THE BEST cruise i have ever been on and that you won't be disappointed. All the hype is deserved... theres so much to do on the ship that going on it for another week would be just as exciting as the first, i unfortunately didn't hit the Rock Climbing Wall, Zip Line, or ANY of the pools surprisingly. Theres so much to do that you'll never be bored, and promises to sum up to one of the best vacations you will ever take.

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