Oasis of the Seas- THUMBS UP!
Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
We had a great time on our Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean cruise. We were worried that the ship would be crowded for our spring break sailing. Not so. The way the ship is designed, you can be as quiet and solitary or loud and in a crowd as you please. We were impresesd with our Family Stateroom that had two bunk beds, a pull out sofa and a king size bed. There was plenty of room for our two teens and we weren't cramped with all four of us in a room.
The food...oh where to start? We really enjoyed the food on board. We purposefully didn't want a schedule or a set time to dine, we wanted to go with the flow of the day. We ate most dinners at Windjammer and the food was delicious. Plenty of options for whatever you were in the mood to eat. We ate at Silk with My Time Dining reservations twice- it was great, too. My husband spotted a filet mignon on the menu that included an upcharge and stated it was from Chops Grille. It was certainly cheaper than eating at Chops Grille and was cooked to perfection. I enjoyed ordering 4 appetizers one night, instead of the standard fare. The wait staff were friendly, always helpful and smiling and even when the lines were long- they kept a great attitude.
Since we didn't have a list of reservations booked ahead of time, we happened to speak with someone at the reservation desk at Silk. They commented that we hadn't eaten at any of the specialty restaurants, we explained we were going for relaxation and not too structured of a schedule. He offered reservations at the Solarium Cafe for dinner at no charge for 7 people. We took him up on the offer and really enjoyed the food at Solarium. The ambiance there was very relaxed and it wasn't crowded at all. I think they were trying to off-load some patrons from the busier restaurants for the at-sea days, but it worked in our favor.
We spent most of our time in the Solarium area- it is peaceful, relaxing and there are plenty of spots to be in the sun or stay out of the sun. Great place to curl up with a good book and the Solarium Bistro is just steps away to grab a snack or lunch.
Our kids really enjoyed the teen program. There were plenty of 'cool' activities for them to do and it was organized very well. Dinners, dances, dodgeball tournaments, air hockey, ice skating, Flow Rider sessions for teens only, on and on. I think they enjoyed the freedom to roam on the ship, along with all of the activities, too!
We were overwhelmed by the drink package choices and in hindsight, could have gotten away with just purchasing the kids the Royal Refreshment package. We don't drink much soda, but we do like juices, flavored sparkling water, and frozen drinks. We aren't big drinkers and purchased wine/beer by the glass at dinner, which worked out well to forego the all included alcohol package. It took us a few days to uncover where the Coca Cola FreeStyle machines were hiding- there are two in the Windjammer Cafe and two by Sorrento's. We liked the Dasani Sparkling Raspberry water option, but quickly discovered the Windjammer and Solarium Bistro have a low calorie flavored water (Strawberry and Mango) that were refreshing.
We LOVED the Oasis aqua show, the ventriloquist and the bands at Bolero. The people watching just sitting in the main promenade area was priceless. We couldn't believe we were on a cruise ship while strolling through Central Park one evening, they've piped in sounds of crickets and if you didn't know it, you would think you were in a random park.
We had a great experience and will definitely be back.
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Don't fret about planning everything ahead of time, the shows were easy to get into by doing standby (just walk up shortly before the show starts). Don't shy away from Windjammer for dinner- it was yummy!