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Andy

Age: 42

Occupation:Public Safety

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Oasis Of The Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-08-28

Itinerary: Eastern Western Carribean

Hurricane Diversions!!!! What started out as an Eastern Caribbean trip turned into a mix due to the hurricanes hitting the east. Oasis still went to Nassau but then diverted to Costa Maya & Cozumel with a few days thrown in between. Good call Captain and RCI. How was the trip??? Excellent so don't frown too much on any negative comments I might make in the next few paragraphs. This trip was planned way back in 03/09 and we received a very good price for our balcony state room on deck 8. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the night before and stayed at a local hotel. Waking up at 5:00am and peering out our sixth floor window I could see Oasis already docked in port. WOW...no more sleeping for me...... The hotel we were staying at wanted $5.00 per person to transport us to the port. A cab driver took all four of us for under $10.00. Nice. I honestly think we were one of the first people to arrive at the port (10:00am) as it was still packed with passengers from the last cruise. Not to worry ...we got inside right away and check-in went extremely fast. About a 1/2 hour in the huge waiting lounge (free coffee, juice, etc) and we boarded shortly after 11:00am. The ship is incredible.....just seeing all the places such as the boardwalk, central park, promenade, zip line, etc for the first time in person....it was a long time coming and we were very pleased this date had finally come. Very pleased that the crew are friendly and fresh even though 6000 peolple just got off the ship 90 mins ago.

This being our fourth cruise on RCI passengers will find the standard offerings. Dining room menu was familiar with a few twists and the food was well presented & portioned. I will say that the dining room staff seemed a little overworked and frazzled at times. There were a few nights that we would not see anyone for 1/2 hour our more. Our waiter was great and kept the assistant waiter in check on most nights, I think he might have been new. Ok back to the food. Park Cafe located in Central Park was our favorite breakfast and lunch place. Please make sure you go there and try the roast beef sandwiches...incredible. CHOPS Restaurant was a nice getaway. We did order a side of onion rings (along with other sides) and found those to be under cooked a bit. Windjammer held no surprises but we did fine that the dinner service in which our kids went there one night was very good. Oh yeah I forgot hand sanatizing.....On our previous cruises we were highly suggested to use the machines prior to entering the room ( we always do without being prompt) but on Oasis I did notice that passengers skip these and the staff were not asking people sanatize as much as in the past. Oh well... ... Johnny rockets is a great value if you’re hungry.

Balcony ..deck 8..... Room was very clean and our stateroom attendant was on top of his game. Not the most talkative guy but did an excellent job. I have to say that the electrical outlets were few and far between. I only found three. One was under the bed in a terrible location and the other two were under the vanity. None are near the bathroom. Steaming clothes was a hassled with having to unplug the unit to fill it up again...back and forth. Deck chairs and a nice size table (both were smaller on Freedom) came in handy. The beds ....oh how I wanted to steal one and bring it back home. There was not a night that I did not fall asleep immediately...very comfortable. Our kids (11 & 8) slept in the sofa bed that our attendant set up every night. I have to say that they looked very cramped and bed seemed short. However there were no complaints from the kids. Interactive television was great for checking your account (still battling RCI over one charge that has still not been resolved). Internet via the television = bad idea. I logged on for flight check in on our last day $22.00 later and I was still at square one. The web pages would not load and the controls were terrible. I did go to one of the internet cafes shortly later and found the internet there to be extremely fast and flight check in was completed for fewer than three dollars (few mins).

So much to do on this ship. Don't miss the shows. Ice show was much better than I expected...very funny and great skating. Aqua shows...both of them really show the talent that RCI has recruited. Very well done for Oasis of Dreams and Splish Splash. Hairspray was a great production that had my 8 year old singing & dancing away. It truly is a Broadway style show. Hats off to the actors and production team on that one. As with other RCI shows the Love & Marriage Game Show & Quest ....are a must in my book. Comedy club show was very funny and had a nice small room which I liked. Two great comedians. Oh by the way...we had booked all our shows online prior to sailing and it worked out great. No waiting in line and great seats every time. There was still plenty of room for people waiting for "stand-by".

I you don't want to wait in line for the zip line, flowrider, or rock climbing just head back to the ship early on a port day. In Nassua we had next to no wait time for any of these activities.

Nassau: My wife & 8 year old went to Atlantis and walked around "The Dig" and grounds. My 11 year old and I went on foot to the Queens Staircase and the fort. It was hot but I liked the walk but just be aware of your surroundings. Senor Frogs and some shopping rounded out the day. Flowrider was empty when we got back to the ship....fun times.

Costa Maya: Jeep Adventure Tour....a little pricey in my book but very fun. We had our own jeep (stick shift) which seemed very new and traveled up the coast to a private resort type area. Water was so warm....not cool...warm which we liked very much. Lunch was included but the tour guide suggested no alcohol drinks from the bar for obvious reasons. Those jeeps took a beating but held up very well. Once back near the port we swam in the huge pool bar (free) and had some drinks.... fun times.

Cozumel: Passion Beach ....took boat (35 min) to Passion Beach....very private and the water was once warm again...not as nice Costa Maya in my opinion but not disappointing. Lunch and booze included with purified ice & water (made that mistake, ice, once before). Very friendly tour operators who knew all our names, great tipping point. Once back at Cozumel we did the traditional shopping.


Capt. announced during the safety drill that Oasis would still make Nassau but then would have two sea days then Costa Maya & Cozumel followed by a final sea day. Had to laugh as when this announcement was made some people were booing and demanding their money back...lol...really? Hurricane weather or a nice Mexico sunny trip? Did they read their cruise contract paper work?
I will say this about Oasis...great ship, amazing, it really is. However, I felt more like another number on board. Lost in the maze of people. The pool deck area and get a little busy during the day but there was plenty of room for all. You might not get a prime seat, but you will get a seat. I can't fault our dining staff or attendants but they seemed distant at times. No real benefits for being a C & A member. When ask about the member’s party the guest relations staff stated that the ship is too large to hold an event but that they were working on it. Cruise director, Richard Spacey, was great. Super funny guy who was professional at times and goofy young person at other times. He kept the events rolling and his dancing is one of a kind.. Nice job. Overall great experience but I have to say that I look forward to a slightly smaller ship next time around. I'm sure we go back to the Oasis or Allure some day with smiles on our faces but for now I need to lose the 11 pounds acquired on board. I threw up some short videos on YouTube ..."417rogers" for those interested. You will have a blast on OASIS.

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