Our wonderful, relaxing cruise: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by mduffy1834

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Our wonderful, relaxing cruise

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was my 18th cruise, mostly with RCCL and this was our second time on the Oasis.

Embarkation/debarkation: As in all reviews I have read, this is by far the easiest in getting on/off the ship. We arrived at port around 11am, breezed through security, and we on board (after a quick stop in the suite lounge) by 11:30am. A week later, we were off the ship by 8:00am and through customs and had our bags by 8:10am. Wish all ships used the same method for getting on - board by deck number or in the suite line. Easy and fast!

Ship: Since she is almost 2 years old, we expected some wear and tear, but found none. Crew was constantly cleaning, repairing, painting, polishing. Ship is easy to navigate and, if you get lost, there are interactive maps at all elevators to show you where you are, how to get somewhere, what's going on, how long the waits are in restaurants, etc. Fabulous idea.

Room: We originally had a D1 balcony on deck 12. Three weeks before the More cruise, we upgraded to a guarantee suite and waited to find out what we would get. About a week before cruise, we discovered that we had been assigned a junior suite - a handicap accessible junior suite. Room is about the size of a grand suite, plenty of storage space, pleanty of room to get around. Opening the door to balcony produces a ramp, which was difficult to put back into place. Bathroom had roll in shower, shower chair, lots of hand rails, upper and lower soap dispensers. All in all, a really big room for what we paid. However, we met some people who said they were on the waiting list for a h/a JS and were told one was not available. Felt bad that we had a room that others who really needed it could have had. Hopefully, it was just a glitch in the system, but I think RCCL should not include these rooms under the suite guarantee.

Dining: We ate 3 times in the Opus dining room, with My Time Dining. Food and service was ok. Never had to wait for a table, even when it was crowded. Also went to following restaurants:
**Izumi - had lunch and thought the food was very good. Nice location & atmospehere.

**150 Park Ave - ok.............food was very good, but I hate to leave a restaurant hungry. I realize it is a tasting menu and you do get 6 or 7 courses, but for the money, where is the food? Our beef medallions were the size of a half dollars, our pasta dish (while very good) consiste of maybe 3 noodles, soup was maybe 1/4 cup (but delicious). Thankfully, it was our anniversary, so we got an additional desert. Careful of the martinis they push at the beginning - they are yummy, but cost $17 each.

**Giovannis - excellent food served family style. You will not go hungry here.

**Chops - again, excellent food and plenty of it.

Also went to the Park Cafe (great salad bar & roast beef sandwiches and soup), Sorrentos (for pizza) and the promenade cafe (for afternoon pastries).

Crew: Had read several reviews from people who thought crew was unfriendly and uncooperative. They must have been on a different ship. Everyone we encountered was friendly, ready to help, and went out of their way to be accomodating. They made our cruise.

Entertainment: Went to Hairspray (excellent), comedy show (very funny, but the venue is very small), headliner show (musical comedian - not my cup of tea but entertaining). Sat for 40 minutes at Oasis of Dreams show before it was cancelled due to technical difficulties - make up show was during dinner for us. Saw the afternoon comedy diving show, which was excellent. Had already seen Frozen in Time before, so did not go, but our friends did and they said it was amazing. We booked all shows on-line prior to boarding and it made all the difference. Sea pass gets scanned and you are allowed in theater. Lines of people waiting without reservations and for the most part (except for comedy show) they were allowed in.

Overall: Ship is amazing. So much to do, so many places to go, so little time. You need at least 2 weeks to experience it all. Less

Published 10/18/11

Cabin review: JS14254 Junior Suite with Balcony

We had a guaranteed suite and were assigned cabin #14254, which is a handicap accessible junior suite (even though neither one of us needed any of the accessible parts). Room is slightly smaller than a grand suite, but has the same aount of furniture as a junior suite. Plenty of room for wheelchairs/scooters to manuever around. Bathroom was very large, with roll in shower and shower seat. Plenty of handrails around the bathroom. Not a lot of bathroom storage though. Took a while to figure out how to use the shower, but once we did, it was very nice. Ceiling spray and hand held shower. Door to balcony, when opened, produces ramp and balcony was larger but again had same amount of furniture as regular balcony - 2 chairs and small round table. Putting ramp back was a bit of a challenge, so we left it up and stepped over it. Can't see someone in wheelchair/scooter lowering ramp back down. Walk in closet was a bonus - lots of storage space, hangers. My only complaint is that, during the cruise, we met a couple and began to chat. Husband used a scooter and, in the course of conversation, discovered that they had called RCCL months before and asked to be placed on a list for a handicap JS. They kept calling and were told none was available. Obviously, that was incorrect as we got the room they should have had. In my opinion, these suites should not be part of the guarantee pool - give it to someone who can use what it was built for. But, that being said, it was a very nice, large room and we wer very comfortable in it.

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