July 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas
If you like these huge floating cities, this is the cruise for you. Over 6,300 passengers on this cruise and I am told 2,500 crew, this is a HUGE amount of people ! The ship is an engineering marvel, never imagined so many pools and hot tubs. Tons of restaurants, personally resent the specialty restaurants. The food in regular included restaurants should be good enough, and in fact the included food in the dining rooms and Windjammer was great. Great = fantastic variety and amazing taste / quality given the huge amounts served. Never ate at specialty restaurant, but probably good place to get away from the "herd". Entertainment was incredible and beyond expectation. Shows have world class talent doing wonderful things.
Downside: 1. MONEYSQUEEZERS - They try to squeeze money out of you at every turn, every little thing is a calculated to cost you the max they can get. It starts off with a glass of wine with dinner, $10 pineapple drinks, tours which can cost a lot less from very qualified tour operators. 2. THE HERD - Even they were very efficient of handling the huge number of people, its just overwhelming the first day (unless you come from a large city) people everywhere, everything full, everyone milling about. During Disembarkation, they messed up somehow and got behind letting too many numbers out at the same time. There was line cutting, flare-ups and long, long lines to get luggage and get out. Everything was going smooth sometime before us, but when we at # 57 were released, we joined a stopped dead still line, and they kept releasing groups which made the lines almost 5 times longer and caused the problem. I think it was going slow and they decided to get everyone off the ship so they could board the new group (out with the old and in with the new".
Personally, I am going to see which ships I sailed on before, where it was a little quieter, a little more personally luxurious.
Special thanks to the exceptionally nice crew, amazing how people from all over the world can work together in such apparent harmony. Did not see any Americans (other than entertainers). Are we just not capable of being so nice and are we not willing to work as hard under their conditions ? Special thanks go to cabin steward Boengaradji Yerri, "Crazy Yerri" who was really a funny dude. Wait staff were so, so nice and once they knew us, pampered us anticipating our wants... thanks to Gilman Fernandes, Andrii Purtov and Ganna Poturai. They did such a nice job we actually sought out their stations to be spoiled !