We had stayed the week prior to the cruise in Orlando and drove to Fort Lauderdale the night before our cruise and stayed in the Holiday Inn, which was a very pleasant hotel. We got the shuttle to the port and from the first sighting of Oasis of the Seas were know we were in for an amazing time, she was beautiful, blue and huge!! The embarkation was a breeze, we were checked in and onboard within 15 minutes. When we walked onto the ship we were bowled over by her beauty- we had been on Independence before, which we loved , but this ship was on a much bigger scale. We walked round all of the decks and were impressed by the open feel of the ship, it is a very different experience. Central Park was wonderful, it has piped music of bird song and most of the speciality restaurants are there. We loved walking through there at night and having a pre dinner drink at the bar in the centre. We often ate at the Park Cafe and Yes the roast beef sandwiches are to die for! We also ate at 150 Central Park. The food was exceptional and the service 1st class-- I would say that if you book this restaurant be prepared for a dining experience and we were pampered and looked after really well. We loved the new wider Prom Deck, it had a few different shops and bars tham the Freedom class ships. THe Boardwalk deck gave the ship a fun and family feel and we really enjoyed the Aqua shows- we went 3 times!! The performers were so talented, diving from great heights, it was something really different. Mt husband also enjoyed watching the football ( it was World cup ) on the big screens at the back of the ship. Another restaurant we ate in was Isumi, which we really enjoyed. We had a Hot Rock meal which you cook yourself at the table- it was fun. We had booked "My Time" dining but to be honest this was very disorganised and we found that we were waiting in long queues so we asked to be changed to traditional dining- which we were on the 3rd night. The food in the dining room was very good with plenty of choices. The Entertainment on the ship was good. We enjoyed Hairspray and the Ice show, we had booked all the shows on line weeks before the cruise and this worked really well. The Aqua show, as I mentioned before, we exceptional. We loved the variety of causual eating places for lunch and variety of bars. We used to spend a lot of our time in Dazzles as we loved the atmosphere in there. We did not use the gym or spa but did look round then and both was very well equipped. My husband went on the Zip line, which was great to watch!! and he also loved the flow riders, he became a fan of them on the Freedom class ships. We had a balcony cabin which was very well thought out and comfortable and we were happy that the wardrobes were not behind the door as there are on Freedom class- they were much easier to access. The bathrooms were very well fitted too. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful and seemed happy to be part of this unique and new crusing experience. Our favourite port was Labadee. It was a fantastic day, lazing on a beautiful beach on a lovely caribbean island under a cabana, taking a dip in the turquoise waters, drinking ice cold beer and eating a wonderful BBQ prepared by RCI staff- BLISS!!. We did self disenbarkartion which was very easy , we were off the ship by 7am. Our only complaint about this holiday is that it did not last for longer- it was perfect and we will certainly book Oasis or Allure again-- we did not think the ship was too large or seemed overcrowded-- It was the holiday of a lifetime
Great location, enough space in room and balcony, a good choice-- wish balcony funiture had been a bit more comfortable though.
There was not a lot to do at the port. There were a few shops and bars but I had booked a surprise excursion for my husband. We went to a national park where he swam with the dolphins- it was fantastic- I watched from the quay. After his 40 min Push/Pull/ Swim experience we sat on the beach and had a beer and some nachos and then watched a seal lion show which was really entertaining. We arrived back at port by taxi ( included in price of excursion) and the Grandeur of the Seas had docked next to Oasis of the Seas. It was then we realised what an incredible and huge ship we were on. Grandeur was like Mini Me!!!
This port has been adapted for the cruise trade. We did not have an excursion booked so stayed at the port , which was very pleasant. There were pools with swim up bars, plenty of shops and bars, it was very relaxing. We went upstairs to a bar with and had the local beer and some nachos. Whilst there the skies opened and there was a brief thunder and lightning storm. It was very atmospheric watching the storm from the comfort of the traditional bar.