Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

A few negatives, but overall, a wonderful experience

Sail Date: January 24, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

This was our second voyage on the Oasis.  Both times the embarkation and disembarkation were super quick - quicker than any other ship we've ever been on.  We were so "wowed" on the first trip that we were afraid that our expectations might be slightly disappointing on this trip, but they weren't.  We were a group of eight and had to do "My Time" dining as we couldn't get all of us on the early seating (our first negative).  HOWEVER, we sat at the same table with the same waiters each night so it was great!  They were attentive and top notch in their service.  The food was better than our first time on the ship.  The second negative (and I'm not sure there's a reasonable fix for this) was in the Windjammer Café on the day of embarkation.  We got to the Café around 12:35 and we could not find a table anywhere.  We walked around for over 15 minutes before we found one table for 4.  They kept announcing for folks to please leave their table once they were through eating, but no one did.  They were just sitting around waiting for the cabins to be ready (which was 1 p.m.) .  Shortly after 1 there was an abundance of tables.  We tried all of the complimentary restaurants and they were just as good as we remembered.  The third minor negative was in the show CATS.  Their performance was top notch.  I had seen the Broadway version and a fellow traveler saw it in London and we both felt it was better than what we had previously seen.  The negative was that we had it booked for an evening show and it somehow got cancelled and we had to see it on the afternoon of the last day of the cruise.  It just doesn't have the same feel in the afternoon as it does at night and the theater was probably 50% full - which says something about the timing.  Even though their performance of CATS was excellent, I didn't think it was the right production for a cruise ship.   I think many agreed in that probably half of the people in attendance left at intermission.   We saw "Hairspray" on our last sailing which was light and funny.  CATS is neither of these.  There are plenty of "happy" musicals that could have been picked before CATS.  The rest of the shows were phenomenal and they set the bar really high for other cruise ships' entertainment.  The crew on the ship are among the friendliest we've ever encountered.  Everyone spoke to you.  The final negative was in the casino.  My husband played the slots and they were not at all fun.  He spoke to a lot of other players and they all agreed.  The ship itself is an amazing experience just to walk through and it is easy quickly learn the layout. Walking down the promenade was like walking through a mall.  As you walk through Central Park, you have to keep reminding yourself that you're on a ship. The live plants and trees are beautifully arranged and at night, it's just wonderful to stroll through the park.  And the Boardwalk is much smaller, but cute.  We rode the carousel one night which was fun - mainly because we were at sea!  Johnny Rockets is open for breakfast and it's complimentary.  It was never crowded and you can eat inside or outside.  If you eat outside, you can watch the zip liners overhead and if you don't watch, you can certainly hear some of them.  We did play miniature golf and my husband did the rock climbing.  We never got to ice skate as we were too busy with other things and decided to skate on the last day at sea but didn't find out until we read our activities for the last day that they weren't going to offer it.  By then all of the skating sessions had closed.  That was kind of a bummer.  The parades are fun to watch and even though we didn't have any children on the cruise, there was plenty of things on the ship geared to them.  It was the first time for the other six travelers in our group to sail on the Oasis and they were as awed as we were the first time we sailed on it.  We've already said we'll do it again! Royal Caribbean's ads now show a "WOW" experience and the Oasis is just that - "WOW"!

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Destinations and Excursions
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
There's a lot of construction going on at the Port plus 5 other ships docked at the Port. Can be tricky if you're being dropped off.
Nassau, Bahamas
Be prepared to be inundated by folks wanting to take you on a sight seeing tour or sell you something.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Cleaner than Nassau. You have to take a taxi to get into town if you want to shop. They have a few shops/stands at the dock.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Cleanest of the three stops. 15 minute walk to a beautiful beach. Lots of shops at the beach.

Tip

Reservations are required for all shows. You can make them on line or as soon as you get on the ship. They do have a wait line that opens up 5 minutes before each show, but some venues are so small (Frozen in Time) that you probably won't get in even if you stand in the wait line.



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