This was my first time on the Oasis of the Seas, but not my first time cruising or cruising with Royal Caribbean. We drove down from North Carolina to Port Canaveral the day before and enjoyed dinner at Fishlips the night we got down ... Read More
This was my first time on the Oasis of the Seas, but not my first time cruising or cruising with Royal Caribbean. We drove down from North Carolina to Port Canaveral the day before and enjoyed dinner at Fishlips the night we got down there.
The embarkation process for the Oasis was one of the easiest I've experienced. From the time we parked to going through the entire embarkation process, to getting on the ship was maybe 45 minutes, at the most. Very fast, very efficient. We were in the first grouping of passengers allowed on the ship, as they called all the Pinnacle, Suites, Diamond Plus, and Diamond passengers in the first group.
The ship, as a whole, was amazing. It rarely ever felt crowded, the service in the bars was fantastic, and the food in general was very good. We stayed in cabin 11607, which is a Central Park balcony. The room was a good size and the doors, when closed and locked, kept out about 99% of all the noise that came from outside. It was nice to sit and just people watch from the balcony when we weren't feeling ready for people but still wanted to be "out" of our cabin.
Now just a few things to point out in regards to the ship.
- My husband and I ate at Sabor on a sea day and that was probably the "worst", so to speak, service we had in any of the restaurants. The staff working was very friendly, the food was very, very good, and the sangria was amazing. The problem was with the amount of time it took for just our appetizers to come to our table. I think we waited 45 minutes before they even came out. Once the apps came out, though, the rest of the food followed quickly. Our waiter and the restaurant manage came over a few times and apologized for the wait times, though. The manager had even offered to take $20 off our total if we came back a second time (our lunch was complementary due to the cabin we stayed in).
- On days there were big sales at the shops on board, or they were doing raffles, you couldn't walk 5 feet without being approached by someone from one of the store. Walk another 5 feet, and there was another sales person. It was basically this way from one end of the Royal Promenade to the other. There was no easy path to just get from one end to the other without being bombarded by salespeople or without having to go up a few decks to walk across and then come back down.
- Service in the main dining room was very slow the first night. We had only 4 people at our table but it took us more than 2.5 hours to get through dinner the first night. However, subsequent nights that we ate in the main dining room, the service was much faster, so I know it was more of "first night jitters" so to speak. Also, the first two nights, the MDR was very slow to open. We were slated for the 730p dinner but on the first night, it wasn't until 745p-750p that they opened the doors. The second night, it wasn't as bad but it was still almost 10 minutes past time when they got everyone inside.
Our ports were fantastic, as usual.
Labadee - We had booked the Sandbar Island Getaway and were, but not, disappointed. Before we boarded the boat, we were told that there was a chance we wouldn't even get to visit the sandbar because the water would be too deep. Now, my husband and I both admit that we did NOT give it much thought to it being a sandbar and that's our fault. We expected a little more than what it was. It appeared as though the "sandbar island getaway" was basically the boat anchoring in the water and you got out in waist deep water and walked to the sandbar - and that's all it was. Just the sandbar. We did end up having to wave off, though, because of the water depth and we were taken to nearby Amiga Island to essentially do exactly the same thing. Because we hadn't booked the Amiga Island excursion, we weren't allowed to use anything on the island but we could get off the boat, swim around, sit in the water, etc. There were drinks for purchase on the boat as well. My husband and I both enjoyed the Prestige beer that was available.
Falmouth - Our booked excursion was for the Blue Waters Beach club (escape?). It was only about 10 minutes from the port, as stated. It was a very clean beach, although the "beach club" was definitely on the small side. I'd say there was probably chairs for 150 people or so, maybe 200 but not much more. It's an all-inclusive but the mixed drinks aren't strong by any means. I understand that you don't usually get much when it comes to all-inclusive frozen drinks but even these were very weak by those standards. The food was very good. There was a lunch buffet of jerk chicken, curry chicken, beans and rice, and a few other things. Lots of music, too. When we first got there, within the span of maybe 5 minutes, we were approached by 6 or 7 different people trying to sell massages or hair braiding. It's a little annoying when you're approached by so many in such a short period of time. There's no water activities but you can go out in the water if you want to. All in all, we would probably go back.
Cozumel - We took a taxi to Mr. Sanchos, our second visit. I recommend that place to anyone who's going to Cozumel. It's $55 per person for the all-inclusive option. Their drinks are much better than the AI in Falmouth. We spent our entire time there at one of the pool bars where we had a bartender named Julio who took very good care of us. Mr. Sanchos has a ton of things to do here. There's water activities, plus there's a number of other activities you can pay for. There's gentlemen who walk around for photo ops with iguanas or parrots. The beach is beautiful and the staff is wonderful. We had a fantastic time.
In a nutshell, the cruise was fantastic and I am looking forward to sailing on the Oasis of the Seas again. Read Less