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Oasis of the Seas

June 2014 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

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     Oasis is a marvelous ship with a ton of stuff to do.  The plusses of being so large are there are nearly unlimited activities to do and lots of space to do them.  The down side however is, unlike other ships we have cruised on, one has to meticulously plan each activity well ahead of time (read make reservations for nearly all the shows) to ensure you are not turned away due to the crowd.  Also because the Windjammer is so large and must provide for so many guests, the food tends to suffer a bit compared to other ship's Windjammers.  

     The ship was very efficient moving people on and off in the Ports of Call but with 6K plus people "hitting the beach" at the same time, not to mention other cruise ships being in port at the same time, getting back to the ship in a reasonable tme and  clearing customs/immigration is a bit of a hassle.  Worthy of note however was the Top Notch way Royal Carribean handled our particular situation. We were 3 1/2 hours late arriving at St Thomas due to an engine problem.  Oasis stayed an extra hour in port and we were provided a very Generous Onboard Credit for our troubles.  "A Real Class Act".  We of course will continue to book our cruises with Royal Carribean, only will plan on staying with the smaller ship classes. 

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gaylenendave's Tips

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Got there late so our excursion was canceled. Got a taxi driver to show us around so it wasn't a total waste.
Nassau, Bahamas - Atlantis was OK but since it opened well after we arrived and we therefore had very little time there, it was disappointing.

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