October 2016 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
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!