August 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas
First time cruiser on a huge ship--Oasis of the Seas
Being first time cruisers, my husband and I did not know what to expect. Everyone kept telling us "you'll love it!" When we walked onto the ship, it looked like a huge mall with 17 stories. It was unbelievable!
Everything you need is right there on the ship. If you love to shop, it's there. If you love nonstop activities, it's there. This ship seems to meet everyone's needs -- except ours. It wasn't very relaxing nor private; there were just too many people (over 6000 people not including the staff & crew). Also, the stops in the ports felt rushed.
We sailed for three days before getting to the first port, St. Maarten, then onto Puerto Rico and Labadee, Haiti. We spent less that 24 hours in all three ports. So basically, it was a vacation on a moving hotel.
We're used to traveling to all-inclusive resorts on the same day and enjoying the sites/excursions without feeling rushed. Needless to say, this was a different experience.
Maybe a smaller ship may make for a different experience.