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Barbara Jacobs

Age: 65

Occupation:Retired

Number of Cruises: 11

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Oasis Of The Seas

Sailing Date: 2013-01-12

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

This ship was amazing. There were over 6000 cruisers on board and over 2000 crew and staff. At first I thought that there were just too many people, but after a day or two things evened out and there seemed to be plenty of space for everyone.

I gave the food service 3 stars. I guess those who gave less stars have great meals at home. I appreciate the gourmet quality given to each meal in the dining room. Needless to say it would take me all day and lots of shopping and money to make the dishes that I enjoyed. It was nice to eat some gourmet food every night. Better than what I could make at home.

My husband and I were very surprised at the size of our stateroom. It was an inside room and the biggest inside room we have ever experienced on a cruise ship. Our stateroom was bigger than our master bedroom. The bathroom was also large for a cruise ship. Our friends had a balcony room and it was about standard size for a balcony. Their balcony was larger than most I have seen.

There is so much to do on board. Each cruise I enter the casino slot tournament and each cruise I manage to advance to the next round. Unfortunately I did not win any big prizes.

There is a miniature golf course which we played often. I did the zip line although I often wonder why I tempt fate. Once you are out and zipping along we get the feeling that you could loose your grip and all would be lost. It's not that easy and you really are quite safe. You should give it a try once in your life.

My husband and I are trivia buffs and love to play the trivia games. We did win one round and won a lovely hi-lighter pen ( genuine plastic).

I love the way the Oasis organizes it's photos now. They are all put in each individuals own album so you do not have to spend half a day looking for yours on the wall.

We did the beach and island tour in St. Thomas and the beach in St. Martin. On St. Martin there are vendors always coming up to your beach chair hawking their wares. I don't think I will do any more of the tours provided by the cruise line. I would much rather visit the few shops that are right off the ship and then spend the rest of the day on ship.

We arrived by plane in Ft. Lauderdale at about 2:00 PM and took a taxi to the port. The cost is about $13. There were no lines and we went right up and registered. Even though there were 6000 people on board it only felt crowded the first night at dinner when everyone was trying to find their dining room and their table. After that it never did seem crowded. There are so many venues to attend and that keeps everyone from being all in one place at one time. The shows were great. The first few nights they were booked up but they have the same shows at least 3 times a week so if you wait till later in the week you will have no problem getting in to see all of them. The Boardwalk is unique and lots of fun for the little ones. There is a merry go round and often ( but not always ) there is a man making balloon animals for the kids. He was great with the children and it was fun just to watch him interact with the children. The aqua show was fantastic. No dolphins, but very talented swimmers and divers. The Oasis sports the deepest pool in the line at over 17 feet.

The service was wonderful. Our waiter Yatin and assistant waiter Iketut were so efficient and very gracious. Our room steward always supplied us with ice twice a day and entertained us with towel animals.

This was a great cruise. We loved every minute. Just wished we could stay longer.

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