KaseyB

KaseyB
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Hometown: Blaine MN
Joined: 06/09/2015
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Oasis of the Seas

October 2016 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Fun- the size of the ship really does matter

We sailed on Oasis on Oct 1st, right around Hurricane Matthew! We weren't really affected by it, and I give the Captain full credit for making sure our cruise had a smooth sailing. 

Oasis was BIG. If you've never been, you will be surprised how big it actually is once you get inside. If you have been on RC before, it's very similar to other Freedom class ships but just... more. We sailed on Independence of the Seas (Dec 2015) and the Promenade was very similar. The boardwalk area was really nice, as well as the Central Park area. Good seating choices in Central Park. I liked that the fancier restaurants were there. I highly recommend the 4-course pairing from 150 Central Park. So good. One thing about the food- even in Chops and Giovanni's the food was just ok. The meals we had on the Independence were just a bit better. I couldn't help but wonder if the sheer size of the ship affected the quality everywhere. 

The Solarium was huge as you might expect with a sailing of 6000 ppl, but we always found chairs and could take a dip in the pool for a few minutes. 

Go see the shows.  Make sure you get tickets online ahead of time. And get a specialty dining package! They really are worth it. I would almost recommend a drink package too- something I usually wouldn't do. One pina colada was $14, so if you like 3 or more drinks a day, might as well spring for the pkg. 

We chose the chocolate factory tour at Nassau- Fun, unique. A good thing to have when you've been there on multiple sailings. Loved Smiths Bay in St Thomas. Beautiful, relaxing. Saw 3 weddings on the beach- it's that remote and picturesque. Had fun sweating on the Race in St Maarten. We solved our clues fastest. Ut got caught on the questions at the end- my advice: don't skip a single thing! 

Overall, very good cruise. Just the sheer size of it all felt a little less personal and not as nice. The ship is still gorgeous though, even after seven years! 

Went as a couple and felt sorry for the people with big strollers and kids- getting around the ship is trickier because the neighborhoods are on different levels. Beware the elevators! I never paid attention to Starboard and Port till this cruise!

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Independence of the Seas

December 2015 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Disney Wonder

January 2015 - Disney Wonder to Caribbean - Western

Horrible weather ruined my cruise

After taking a cruise on the Dream in September, I was totally excited to do this cruise from Miami. But flying into Miami and getting onto the ship is not as easy as it is from MCO/Port Canaveral.  I was also struck by how old the ship looked.  The Wonder is over 10 yrs old but wow. I saw rust outside our window and the room was not pristine, like I was expecting from my previous three Disney cruises!  Plus the adult pool was looking rundown. 

The staff also seemed to be the "B" team. I had a good experience with the head server but we had communication challenges with the servers and the whole cruise was very multilingual.  Mainly it was geared towards spanish-speaking guests.  Which is fine if I had known that... it was a bit of an unwelcome surprise to find that out when we got there.

Also, the weather was horrible.  I never get seasick, but we ended up taking dramamine every day just to get through it.  We didn't even get to dock on Castaway Cay and I cannot tell you how disappointed I was. I LOVE Castaway Cay. I will always remember watching the ship sail away from the dock after trying twice to get in, and I am still in disbelief.  It's YOUR island, Disney! Make it happen at any cost!  The tender from Georgetown was insane going back to the ship because it was storming and the waves were super high. I honestly thought we were going to capsize.

Over all, just skip the January sail dates. It can be chilly and the weather not nice. And if you have a choice, try the newer ships.  The smaller size is nice, but overall the bigger ones will be way more fun.

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Disney Dream

September 2014 - Disney Dream to Caribbean - Bahamas

Was a Dream!

This ship is amazing.  It was our third Disney cruise, but our first on the Dream.  It's so much bigger and fancier than the other two older, smaller ships. My husband and I just go by ourselves  - the kids stay home! I enjoy the superior service and the quiet Adult areas. A tip we have learned: get on the ship as soon as possible, eat at the lunch buffet and hit the adult pool.  You get great seats and it's so peaceful. The entertainment is fabulous. We happened to go on a Halloween on the High Seas cruise, so we brought our Halloween costumes! We didn't win the costume contest, but we did get on stage and it was so fun! The food is good, the snacks are good, the rooms are always spotless and the staff are excellent.

On the less positive side, it's a big ship and there were always lines. Lines, lines, lines! The family pool areas can be crowded and insane on an at-sea day. Definitely try the AquaDuck, though. And alcoholic drinks are expensive. Beware of the before-show treats if you have kids. That will set you back a major amount over the cruise.  Still, it's a vacation so live it up!  We so love all the adults only restaurants.  We didn't get to go to Remy's but we've always loved going to Palo on every ship.  If you think your normal servers are excellent, these ladies/gentlemen are over the top. 

On a later cruise, (January) we went on the Wonder again and it just wasn't the same. The Dream is amazing, and I can't wait to go on the Fantasy some day.

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KaseyB's Tips

Nassau, Bahamas - Try Graycliff Chocolate Factory tour. You make your own chocolate treats and can sample it. Nice short excursion that isn't weather-dependent.
Disney Wonder Disney Wonder - It's a good bargain; but don't expect it to be as nice as the bigger ships.
Nassau, Bahamas - Eh. Lots of ppl, nothing really great. Two other ships were docked at the same time and it was congested.
Disney Dream Disney Dream - Try the tastings! We've done the Champagne one in Pink and it's great! Also remember to try the adults-only restaurants.

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Oasis of the Seas and gave it 4 stars!

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