May 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Fort Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas
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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