Great, concise review. I always enjoy reading a review that can get to the point without banter. You have touched on two points that I have always considered as to why I won't cruise on ships this big. When the Oasis was launched in 2008 boasting about how it holds 5400 passengers, that sent up a red flag for me. As a chef, I couldn't fathom feeding that many passengers a quality product. When I first began cruising back in 1990, there were no specialty restaurants. All passengers enjoyed their meals in the main dining room(s). Required attire was at least business casual and you would be refused entrance if you were under-dressed. It seems the cruise lines have pointed more towards their specialty dining options and concentrated less on their main dining rooms over the years for no other reason but to make more money. I find myself sticking to the 2000 to 3000 passenger ships. Thanks for the great review.
Review by bripcon
In response to review, CrusinTim says ...
We traveled with a party of four & we enjoyed the food in the MDR. Sorry that you had a bad experience. This is actually my favorite ship. I was amazed at how smoothly embarkation & disembarkation went at every single port. We also sailed with the Allure with the same experience. I really doubt that the ship would serve you food that was cold to deliberately make you visit the specialty restaurants. I hope that you have a better experience on a future cruise. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us. Gloria
I agree with you about the same ports. I am really tired of going to Nassau & Freepot. Even Si. Maarten is getting old. Although I love St. Thomas, even the shopkeepers recognize me. The Carribean Islands are beautiful but I would love to go somewhere else from Port Canaveral. We have to drive to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami if we want something different - even then the choices are not too different.