Because it's the largest in the world (or was when we sailed), we chose it for the experience itself. It did not disappoint in terms of what the ship itself offered. Central Park was nice for its quiet atmosphere, the Promenade was ... Read More
Because it's the largest in the world (or was when we sailed), we chose it for the experience itself. It did not disappoint in terms of what the ship itself offered. Central Park was nice for its quiet atmosphere, the Promenade was bustling, and the Boardwalk had some nice entertainment, though wasn't as busy as we were expecting.
The food was very good. We aren't big fans of specialty restaurants as they aren't that much better than the traditional dining rooms yet have a surcharge, though we did do the steakhouse. It was excellent. Meals in the dining room are always good, with good steaks and shrimp cocktails.
The Aqua show is a must-see. I love anything water-related as it is, but with the high-rise acrobatics, it's an incredible show.
The shore excursions were a mixed bag. You get what you get with a Caribbean cruise. This is my third visit to the Caribbean islands, and I don't care much for the islanders. Some readers would surely be offended and consider this an 'awful' thing to say, but it is what it is. Islanders, particularly in St. Thomas for this cruise, were rude, loud, obnoxious, and (not surprisingly) very pushy when it comes to wanting your money. A few of you would simply say 'that's how they make their living.' Personally, I am there to enjoy myself, not make sure they make a living. I'm a cruiser, not a missionary. I bring it up only because I had a confrontation with a few of the St. Thomas islanders who stood there counting the money they took from me and didn't appreciate my questioning them about anything. It truly does make you not want to visit the places.
St. Maarten was a much nicer experience. I don't know if it's because it's Dutch territory (and French, but we only visited the Dutch side) as opposed to the run-down, ghetto American St. Thomas, so had a higher class of people and culture, but St. Maarten runs circles around St. Thomas for a beautiful experience. As for the Bahamas, it's the Bahamas. Go for Atlantis or jet-skiing or parasailing. Nassau itself is disgusting, as are most of the people.
Overall, the Oasis is a great ship, Royal Caribbean a pleasurable cruise line. The Caribbean itself is really designed for people who want to lie on a beach or do water-related activities. If you're one of the people who actually thinks it offers culture, you need more experience with culture! Just keep in mind they are a different class of people and try not to let it detract from your experience in a beautiful setting. Read Less