7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: April 16, 2016 Ship: Oasis of the Seas Cabin Type: Balcony Cabin Number:14709 Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 2 years ago
We have always traveled on smaller ships so, we wanted to try a bigger ship for a change. Well, there is only 1 more bigger ship (for now). For starters the Oasis is a HUGE ship! It rarely felt like it was packed with people. We were always able to get an elevator without a problem, there were always plenty of lounge chairs around, the only place that felt crowded was the promenade on the sale days. There are plenty of things to do around the ship for every level of activity. The staff was very attentive. Our room steward was so concerned when I had a minor mishap that he checked on me several times. The main dinning room staff was terrific. Our waiter Mannuel and his assistant Royen were always there before we knew it. Manuel joked every night that his grandma made us a special dinner. The ports were good, I enjoyed St. Thomas and St. Maarten, Nassua was ok, the people were definitely not as friendly as the other ports. I would most definitely cruise again on the Oasis or her sister ships.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
We loved Mannuel and Royen, Mannuel's "grandma" would make us special dinners each night ( his recommendations )
5 out of 5
3 out of 5
Some of the outdoor shows were cancelled due to rough seas, WE understood why, but actually heard people complaining about this. We didn't make any reservations for any of the other shows.
We didn't have children on the cruise but, they looked like they were having a lot of fun.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
While some of the staff seemed almost stressed about their level of service everything and everyone we came in contact with was excellent.
5 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We had a boardwalk balcony room, we were concerned about the noise when we booked. We were surprised when the noise level was not that bad at all. You could hear the bell for the carousel and some of the louder events. The plus side was that you could see the diving show from your room. It was a little small for 3 adults, the 2 twin beds were great but, the sofa bed was a little cramped. It was as expected though.
If you want to see any of the shows book them before you get on the ship. You can also pre-sign all of the sports desk waivers (zip line, flow riders, and ice skating) Just make sure that you check in with the sports desk to get a wrist band before you stand in line for the zip line.
This was just an ok port for me. People hound you to come in their shop or take their taxi. We did go to Graycliff mansion on our own. We chose not to pay for an excursion and I'm glad we didn't , we were able to walk through the cigar factory on our own as long as we purchased something. The younger man in the cigar shop was very helpful as I was bringing back cigars as a gift for someone. The chocolate shop was nice, we weren't able to go through the factory but, it was ok as it was late.
Maho Beach was pretty fun, it was about a half hour ride from the ship and we stood on the beach and watched the planes for a while. The shopping area is amazing! Make sure that you try the Belgium chocolate there!
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