Royal doesn't disappoint!: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by LovinCruisin24
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Royal doesn't disappoint!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We left from BWI in Maryland at 8am and were in Florida at 1030am. We used Fort Lauderdale Shuttle to get to the pier. We got there around 1130 and like every other review, 10 minutes checking in and we were on board!
Everyone's jaws dropped when we got on this ship, it is just unbelievable! All that it has to offer and just the size in itself. There was 10 of us that went, age ranging from 50+ to 18 yrs old. My bf and I are 23 and had an balcony room on the 7th floor. I must say, the art on each stairwell is more then just something to look at. When we got turned around on the ship and weren't sure which side of the boat we were on, we knew immediately when we got to our floor. If we saw the polar bear licking his nose, we had a long walk More ahead of us to our room, but if we saw the crazy color gator we knew it was a short walk!!
The room seemed to be the same size as the balcony room we had on Freedom. Our bed was near the balcony and i didn't feel as though the outlets were as inconvenient as other reviews had made them out to be. They are located just under the mirror at the desk part. I had no issues and i even brought an extension cord, however, i didn't use it once!
We went to the Windjammer for lunch and other reviews had said to not do that because of the crowds, however, im thinking because we were on there at 1130, there were soooo many tables available. And even when we went there during the week, the staff were all very nice and helped find a table for you and they were always successful in finding one.
We went to Atlantis when we were in Nassau and toured the aquarium. We bought the tickets there and it was $34/person, and we found it worth the money! When we were in St.Thomas, we booked St.John on Your Own through Royal. By the time transfers were done between ferry and taxi, we only had an hour on one of the most beautiful beaches, Trunk Bay. So we learned, next time we go back, we will be doing St.John on our Own--literally, finding our own taxi to red hook and getting a ferry over and such... In St.Martin we took the water taxi across to the boardwalk, rented 2 chairs and an umbrella for $15 and then rented jet ski's from the same guy and it was $55 for 2 people on 1 jet ski (awesome deal if you ask me!) And we also shopped around.
The boardwalk part of the ship is very neat, Johnny Rockets was good as it was on Freedom. Seafood Shack kind of made us sick after we left--they do have fried and grilled options. I had both and they were good, just didn't sit well afterwards. The doughnuts were pretty good too! The cupcake place was very cute! My parent's got one everyday, and after you buy so many (i think 6?) they give you a voucher for a free one. We tried a vanilla one, and it was pretty good. Park Cafe sandwiches were apparently as good as read about on here. I didn't try one, but others we were with did and couldn't get enough of them! I preferred the tuna sandwich on wheat bread..delicious! They also had a salad station which was nice! Wipe Out Cafe, back by flowrider and zip line has some pretty tasty pretzel dogs (hot dogs wrapped in pretzel) and they have taco stuff there as well but we found it to be a tad too spicy. It also had burgers, hot dogs and fries.
The aquatheater was awesome, some of the things the divers did in that little pool just leaves you speechless.
As for the entertainment, they all were fabulous. I did book all of ours online, as soon as it opened it. Did not go to ice show, my parents did and loved it, and we also didn't go to the Headliner, my parents said it was more of an older crowd's kind of show and that we wouldn't have appreciated it or liked it. Hairspray was very cool--they combine both movies in the show, the old and new which i really liked! Come fly with me very cool to see as well. I had read before that many hadn't seen the DreamWorks characters out very much. We saw one every night on the promenade taking photos and they also had a parade for them, and the only reason we knew about that was because were sitting at the Mondo (sp?) bar/coffee place and saw them lining up to come out. We also saw them as we entered the theater one night for a show, and for the belly flop contest they brought one out. So they are def seen through out the entire cruise.
Zip line is fun, short, but nonetheless fun! Didn't rock climb on this ship because when i thought of it, the lines were crazy long or it was closed for private lessons.
Smoking--not a fan of the amount of smoking areas on the ship. Along the one entire side of the pools was all smoking, not really what i wanted to smell as i tried to relax and enjoy a drink near the pool. The other side wasn't smoking but so crowded that we couldn't ever find a seat. Also, the casino was tolerable some nights and other nights, you could smell the smoke in the dining room. I felt for the people with tables right at the entrance.
We had the later seating,8:30pm, for dinner. And we have come to the conclusion that on future cruises we will be utilizing My Time Dining. One reason we choose the late seating is because we didn't want to have to rush in port to see and do everything to make sure we got back in time for the early dinner. But on sea days, dinner time seemed to take forever to come around and we had already ate 3 times and then dinner would be 4th because it was so late. So it will be much easier next time to stay on a regular schedule with eating by using MTD. We did meet a couple who booked the cruise a month before it left and both early and late seating were full and they were forced into MTD and it was also full. The lady wasn't quite sure what to do if everything was full. But she said they showed up everynight at MTD, at whatever time they wanted, and were able to be seated right away.
We did express departure and we were off the boat by 730am. We were at the airport by 10am and our flight left Florida at 10am. We went right through security and had time to spare to get some food while waiting to board.
Overall--loved the ship, awesome experience, would go again but also wouldn't mind going back to Freedom or trying Liberty. However, would like to expand our port horizons and would like to see more islands, so the next i am hoping will be Southern Caribbean on Adventure or Serenade! Less