Fantasy Oasis on the seas: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by EquiMelody1

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Fantasy Oasis on the seas

Sail Date: July 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Imagine a self-contained world, far away from the rest of civilization, where attendants supply your every need and your only decisions involve which activity to choose next. This is the fantasy that the Oasis of the Seas brings to fruition. There are separate and unique neighborhoods, live plants and gardens, twittering birds, entertainment galore: Broadway musical, production dance and song, comedy, ice shows, diving and water shows, headliners, music everywhere. Ready to eat - the profusion of choices is remarkable, from the main dining room to the speciality restaurants, the delicious spa food, the main buffet, grills, sandwich shops, Johnny Rockets...the list goes on and on. During a seven day cruise, there is barely time to check out all the venues. And if you are a privileged traveler with concierge access, you have your own private world for assistance, computer access, cooked breakfasts and pre dinner drinks and snacks.

My first concern was all those people aboard More ship! But remarkably the design and crowd control made the Oasis feel as if it had far fewer passengers than the manifest stated. Embarking was a smooth breeze, port access was fast and orderly, leaving (sadly) was equally expeditious. The organization of the ship is simple to learn and the high number of elevators made only short waits. Because of the reservation system, show access is also easy. We enjoyed wonderful, professional shows, the musical Hairspray was better than the one I attended on Broadway, we were directly on the ice for the great ice show, and divers were almost overhead of our seats. The ship itself is an entertainment, there are incredible art works throughout the ship and each turn and corridor brings new images to view. Watching people try the wave surfer and zip line is another source of amusement and lying by the pool or reading in the garden is its own reward. The neighborhoods are physically isolated, so each one feels like it is its own space.

The ports visited keep the theme of easy life in mind. We particularly enjoyed the island of St John, assessed via St Thomas, which has kilometers of pristine beaches to explore and lazy about. The contrast with the Nassau's Atlantis with the man-made adventures worked well to bring variety to the cruise ports. Of course, St Martin has a mix of beaches and shops to explore.

You don't want this wonderful cruise to end - come along and have a wonderful cruise! Less

Published 07/13/10

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Port and Shore Excursions

Tropical port, just be careful here. The downtown port area has many shops, but you are harassed as you walk around and need to be on the lookout for pickpockets. If you head over to the entertainment island of Atlantis, the experience is much safer but entrance fees can be costly.

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Lovely tropical port. We hired a tour driver in port and got a all round tour of the island. At the port itself, many shops are available, some unique and interesting, some the usual jewelry available all over the Caribbean. Beaches are fun there - you can go to the nude beach with the nude restaurant at the end, or visit regular beaches with clear water and fine sand. If the waves are calm, you can get drink service while you are lounging in the water - a real decadent experience. It can be crowded, so pick your area of beach accordingly.

We used St Thomas to access the island of St Johns. Although there was an excursion available, we took the public bus accessed immediately out of the port to the far side of St Thomas where the ferry boats dock. From there we ferried across to St Johns and hired a driver to take us around the island. After a tour including the high overlook from the top of the hill, we stopped at a lovely beach for sunning and swimming. Because this is a park, the number of houses and people is very low, the beaches are uncrowded and beautiful. Well worth a visit.

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