First time on the Oasis of the Seas: Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by NanBD
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First time on the Oasis of the Seas
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Since we live so close, embarkation was easy for us. But, more importantly, it was easy for my 85 year old mother-in-law to navigate the embarkation area at Cruise Terminal 1 when she dropped us off. Polite, helpful parking attendants helped, too, with clear instructions as to where she could/could not stop and how to pull out afterward.
There were A LOT of people in that terminal by the time we were allowed to board the ship! But, the only real issue was with the ladies' bathroom. Too few stalls for so many people resulted in a fairly long wait to use one.
Still, we were allowed on the ship in a timely manner and went directly to the Park Cafe for lunch. (Looked More as though almost everyone else headed for the Windjammer Marketplace/buffet) All passengers need to visit the Park Cafe at least once on their Oasis' cruise to have a roast beef sandwich! I'll admit to having two and they were among the best on the cruise.
Our cabin, on deck 12, was roomy, with ample storage and closet space. Plus, an attentive room steward saw to it that our ice bucket was filled twice a day and he was available to provide anything else we needed.
Even though we chose My Time Dining, we made reservations for all 7 nights before boarding. Dining staff accommodated our nightly request for a table for two, assigning us the same table every night so the waiter was able to learn our drink etc. preferences. After the second night they automatically asked if my husband wanted a shrimp cocktail (the answer was always "yes") and brought me the iced tea I wanted.
Two of the nights on the seven day cruise are "Formal Nights" (coincided with sea days). It was nice to see most passengers make the effort to dress up a little and we enjoyed the beef tenderloin the first formal night as well as lobster tail the second. Some cruise lines have done away with "lobster night"; Royal Caribbean has not. Yay!
What else? We took the cruise to relax so we did not book any shore excursions or participate in any of the organized sports' activities. My husband did use the exercise equipment in the fitness area every morning and he was pleased. Mostly, though, we hovered around the Solarium, reading or sleeping in the lounge chairs until it was once again time to find something to eat! The Solarium is supposed to be for adults only (over the age of sixteen) but that was not strictly enforced. It probably should have been. (-:
As for entertainment? We skipped "Cats". (Too long) Watched the aquatics show, "Oasis of Dreams" and enjoyed it. Caught the Headliner show; it was entertaining. We intended to see "Come Fly With Me!" but fell asleep and missed it. Oh, we went to the Cruise Critic-sponsored "Meet and Mingle". Actually won something and met some very nice fellow-travelers.
As for whether we would go again? Yes. It is a great ship and well worth the time and money. Less
Cabin review: D212582 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
The cabin was more than adequate for the two of us. Large bed (a little too soft but you cannot have everything!). Ample storage/closet space and a good-sized bathroom. The room steward did a good job keeping it clean and stocked with towels, etc. as needed. And, we were glad we paid a little extra for a balcony. Balconies are great for morning coffee, especially since continental breakfast room-service is still free of charge on Royal Caribbean.Read All Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony (D2) Reviews >>
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