kval08648
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Hometown: NJ
Joined: 03/28/2016
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Oasis of the Seas

May 2016 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

one of the best family vacations we ever took!

This review is for the Oasis of the Seas from May 2016.  There were three travelers - mom (me), dad and son (3 1/2 years old).

The ship is huge and amazing! Based on the number of people on the ship, I expected everything to be crowded and to have long lines everywhere... much to my surprise and delight, there were hardly ever any wait times for the things we wanted to do and the only "crowded" places were the promenade and pools on days "at sea"... but even with the crowds you could still navigate around and find seats at one of the pool areas (maybe not your 1st choice seat, but you could find something that worked).

I put a lot of research, planning and budgeting into this trip (both the cruise itself and the various excursion options) and it was all time and money well spent!  I read a lot of reviews and blogs before I booked and used the RC Cruise Planner website frequently to book dining reservations, show reservations and activities (DreamWorks character breakfasts, cupcake decorating class, etc.).

This was one of the best vacations we took as a family and I can even say that this was better than the Disney Dream cruise we took last May (2015).  We did WAY more on this ship in 2 days than we did during our entire Disney cruise!  Granted, the wow factor of the shows/entertainment is better on Disney... but the enjoyability factor is much higher on this ship.  You can actually see things and do things without having tons and tons of crowds of people everywhere you turn!

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Disney Dream

May 2015 - Disney Dream to Caribbean - Bahamas

kval08648's Tips

Cozumel, Mexico - Playa Mia was great - recommend for families with small kids because of the large splash area. Consider booking on your own vs. with RC to have more flexibility.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island) - head over to the Columbus Cove beach for soft sand and calm, crystal clear blue water! be prepared for aggressive vendors if you want to buy anything
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - Do your research! Read reviews and blogs and use the RC Cruise Planner. Be prepared and have all your reservations and you will have a great time!

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