My husband and I just finished our Easter Caribbean journey aboard the Oasis of the Seas on April 18th sailing. This vacation was to celebrate our honeymoon and my husband's birthday. We had an excellent time and I am going to tell ... Read More
My husband and I just finished our Easter Caribbean journey aboard the Oasis of the Seas on April 18th sailing. This vacation was to celebrate our honeymoon and my husband's birthday. We had an excellent time and I am going to tell you all about it in detail:
We booked our flight on the day off the embarkation and thankfully all was in order and we made it to Ft.Lauderdale airport and cruise port before 1pm. The travel time from the Ft.Lauderdale airport to cruise port was about 5-10 mins depending on traffic. I strongly suggest not to spend your money on RCL transfers because those are pricey ($30/person each way) and for the price of $12-15 you can take a taxi and its a lot faster and efficient that way. I am pleased to confirm that Royal Caribbean does a wonderful job at check in. From the moment we got to terminal 18 (RCL terminal for OASIS class ships) to boarding the ship took us no more than 20 minutes! Very smooth and problem free, just need to make sure to have all the required documents on hand to expedite the check in process. We boarded the ship around 1:30pm.
SHIP APPEARANCE, TIDINESS AND NAVIGATION:
The moment we stepped onboard the Oasis the only thing we could say was WOW! Amazing Royal Promenade, beautiful details throughout, great staff there to greet you and answer any questions you may have. The pictures and YouTube videos do not do the ship justice, you really have to see it to believe it. The ship is HUGE, but surprisingly we never got lost or couldn't find our way to our cabin or any of the public areas, the only time we really used their electronic finder (on the wall of every deck) was to check the capacity in restaurants. Somehow they managed to make the ship user friendly despite its grand size, which is awesome! Never in a week did we see anything dirty or out of place, they really make sure to keep everything in order and in great condition. The upper decks are always hosed down in the evening and there is always somebody cleaning or fixing something every time.
Overall service was fast, pleasant and met our needs and requests. Guest Service desk was always busy, a bit of a wait but you do what you got to do and move on with your vacation. The staff at Guest Services was attentive and thorough and got the requests fulfilled. The staff in the souvenir stores was very helpful and took the time in helping us find what we needed. We ordered room service once during our trip and it arrived on time the next morning and everything that we ordered was present.
The restaurants are incredible! The food was the best we've had in a very long time! Our particular favourites among specialty restaurants are 150 Central Park, Geovanni's Table and Sabor. 150 Central Park was fantastic, we reserved it primarily to celebrate my husband's birthday and we were very impressed with the service and overall food and history of the restaurant, it was incredible! Giovanni's Table was also very tasty, our last minute booking for the day we boarded the ship, again fantastic service and amazing food, have to try the steak there! Sabor was our ultimate favourite, in fact we loved it so much we had to come back again on the last sail day before we arrived back to Florida! Sabor stands for Flavour in Latin, it is A La Cart but the prices are very reasonable, a must try!
Complimentary restaurants: We had My Time Dining, but we really only had dinner in the dining room twice, and breakfast once for Honeymooner's breakfast, there was so many restaurants to try on board the ship - everyday was a new one! The experience we had in a dining room was also very good and the food was great. Park Cafe was fantastic for salads, snacks and sandwiches, always a great bite to eat for breakfast, lunch or snack time. We had breakfast at Johnny Rockets once, not really our thing but we decided to try it and it was just alright. Sorrento's pizza was just ok, was not a huge fan. Cafe Promenade was also excellent for sweet treats and mini sandwiches for those midnight cravings. We had been to Windjammer buffet for breakfast and lunch once, wish there was a bigger variety of food available. Wasn't too crazy for it, they did not even have a made to order station for omelettes, so we stayed away after that.
Oh boy, where do I start!? Reserved shows: We had reservations for Frozen in Time, Come Fly with Me, Comedy show, and Oasis of Dreams. Frozen in Time was great, amazing bright costumes, very lively and fun, we really enjoyed it. Come Fly with Me is highly recommended, it is truly something extraordinary, very well choreographed and definitely has a few surprises in store, seating in the first few rows for extra excitement is suggested, trust me you will not be disappointed! The comedy show was great, sit in the front row if you like being picked on by the comedian, will make your experience that much more fun. Oasis of Dreams however we did not get a chance to watch and I will explain it in the Negatives section of my review.
Daily activities and events: Lots of fun activities to do on the ship for all ages, we had particular things we wanted to see like the World's sexiest man and belly flop competitions, got a great kick out of those as they involve the passengers' participation. We also saw Love and Marriage show, it was very exciting. The Dreamworks Parade was spectacular and lots of fun! Then there was rock climbing, surfing, zip lining, mini putting galore! Oh and of course table tennis, loved this one! The Quest game was very cool as well. Chris, the Activities Manager and Kristina, activities staff, they were wonderful, we enjoyed the activities they managed and always had a great time, especially at the Honeymooners breakfast event, lead to making great friends and memories!
We had booked a Central Park mid-ship deck 12 balcony cabin #12587 and I am very glad we did. Was quiet and the location of the cabin was very close to the elevators and stairs. The location was also very convenient to Central Park as it was on deck 8 and Royal Promenade decks 5-6. The cabin space is enough for two people, the bed was closer to the balcony and the couch closer to the closet making it easy to get to our things. I would recommend this location. Our stateroom attendant was Rockson, he was fantastic, always had a smile on his face and eager to attend to minimal requests that we had. Almost every night we walked in to a towel animal on the bed or one hanging off the ceiling on a hanger, super cool!
PORTS OF CALL AND EXCURSIONS:
Our Easter Caribbean itinerary included Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St.Thomas US.VI; and Phillisburg, St.Maarten. Our first port was Nassau, we booked a Discover Atlantis excursion through Royal Caribbean, we highly enjoyed the tour, our tour guide Peter was very informative with a great sense of humour. Once the tour had finished we were still allowed to browse through the resort and make any additional memories through pictures, then got back on the ship, as we were only in port from 7am to 2pm.
Our next destination was Charlotte Amalie, we have booked Paradise Point through Royal Caribbean again, we highly recommend as the views from the top are incredible and make for great photo opportunities. We then settled on Emerald Beach for some sea, sun and fun and even rented a jet ski, which was probably another highlight of our short stay there.
The final destination we visited was Phillisburg, we did not really have anything planned, thought we would just disembark the ship and see what we can do. We were lucky to find a tour group at port that offered Island tour and it was probably the best one we did, very informative, lots of interesting facts about the country and many stops to take photos and even shop. We also stopped by at Maho Beach for about 45 minutes to watch the planes land and depart, now we can say we have been there! Our final stop on the island was the beach at Great Bay downtown area that was about 15 minutes walking distance from the ship.
Although we did have a great time, there was a few negatives that we encountered but that did not completely spoil our vacation or prevent us from enjoying our time onboard:
- We reserved the Oasis of Dreams Aqua theatre show for Wednesday April 22 but it was postponed to Friday the 24th at 7pm due to a diver injury. However we showed up on Friday for the show only to find out 5 minutes before the show was supposed to start that it was cancelled. The timing of the show itself was inconvenient, the restaurants opened for dinner at 5:30 and given that we need 2 hours for eat with no rush we would be missing the show, so we ended up missing dinner for the show that was cancelled. A more advance cancellation notice should have been provided in this case especially knowing the severity of the diver's injury.
- We have bought "Just Married" stateroom decor to be set up before embarkation, however it did not live to our expectation, looked more like the minimalistic Christmas decor and the Just Married door sign was missing, we expressed our concerns but were told that some decor from Just Married package was discontinued?! Yep... $33.70 for that!
- Bar service - always busy, needed to wait 5-10 minutes to get served a drink. There is one bar in particular that was not our favourite and that was Sabor bar across from Sabor restaurant on Boardwalk. The staff there was always grumpy and the service was slow, they did not look like they really wanted to be there.
We left the ship at around 9:30am because our flight wasn't until afternoon. We chose to take our luggage with us instead of putting it outside the door to be picked up once off the ship and that made for a smoother process. Disembarkation was a little longer because everyone was in hurry to get off the ship to catch their flights or go on to their next plans, but the lines moved quickly and we were off the ship in 25 minutes.
In conclusion, we really enjoyed our honeymoon and birthday vacation on Oasis of the Seas and looking forward to cruise with RCL again in the future! Read Less