Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

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4

5 out of 5

Would Do It Again Without Hesitation

Sail Date: January 30, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Cabin: 8450

The Oasis of the Seas is an incredible ship.  It is not an adult day care -- the ship offers more to do than anyone can do in only 7 days and there are over 6000 people on board sharing those activities -- you can't just walk on the ship and expect the staff to babysit your vacation.  Our first night on board we set reservations for the whole week and we managed to see very single show they offer (all very well done btw) enjoyed every port of call, and still managed to have time on the deck and in the night spots.

Cabin / Stateroom
Sure the cabins are small, but not cramped. Who comes on a cruise to sit in the cabin? Only thing we needed it for was sleeping and dressing and it was plenty big enough to do both. Well maintained. Shout out to Wayne, our cabin attendant who kept it clean twice a day, we never came back to the room that it wasn't ready for us.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Smooth getting on, smooth getting off. RC organized it well, but once you are off ship and in the hands of Homeland Security, be prepared for very long lines and a bit of wait. Took one hour after disembark to get through Customs processes.
Ship Quality
Oasis of the Seas is stunning! Each "neighborhood" as they call them is unique and often makes you forget you are still on a ship. Our favorite was Central Park.
Destinations and Excursions
I recommend doing an excursion at each stop even if it is only an island tour...very little to do at each port except shop unless you get on an excursion.
Onboard Activities
More is offered than anyone could ever do in a week. I recommend all the game shows -- although in writing they sound cheesy, they are hilarious and so entertaining.
Children's Programs
We didn't have children with us, but we sure enjoyed the activities that kept them busy. The Move It Parade was so much fun to watch.
Entertainment
I would recommend you book any shows you want to see either before the cruise or the very first night on board. They are all worth seeing, very well done, but there are a lot of people on the ship who want to see them as well and the studios are only so big, seating is limited. Special recognition to the band 7th Heaven who performed on our cruise, OMG! You just added 2 new people to your fan base!
Service and Staff
Shout out to Movino & Jeronimo who are the best wait staff in the RC cruise line! Kudos to Drew Devine (cruise director) and Hugo (activities manager) who had to do alot of scrambling to recover from technical difficulties and rough weather but were exceptional and professional!
Food and Dining
American Icon - My Time Dining - every night, walked straight in past the lines to the same table (300) and had a gourmet meal! So Good! The breakfast buffet at Windjammer is the same every morning but there is so much variety, we enjoyed a different breakfast each day.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Book an excursion or bring your beach towel, no shopping at this port.
Falmouth, Jamaica
Book an excursion. There is a nice RC 30+ acre shopping complex at the dock, but it is a lot of shops with all the same merch.
Cozumel, Mexico

Tip

Be patient & flexible. This ship is larger than most and there are A LOT of people aboard. It is so worth it! You get the best of the best in everything from food to entertainment. Book shows ahead of cruise or first night on board as there is limited seating and most sell out quickly.



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