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Age: 60

Occupation:Business owner

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Oasis Of The Seas

Sailing Date: 2013-02-14

Itinerary: eastern Caribbean

This was a very comfortable cruise. I was apprehensive to sail on this large of a ship, but never felt crowded and getting on and off the boat was faster and easier than our other two sailings. The cruise director on the Navigator and the Mariner were outstanding and really seemed to pull everyone on the boat together as family. No negative comments about this cruise director, there just didn't seem to be the same feel to this cruise. It may be that this boat is just toooo big and too many neighborhoods to have that feel.

I found the dining room food to be average and below the level that we have experienced before. We did the chef's table package and that was fantastic. A bit pricey, but with the wine pairings, level of food offerings and superior service it had a good value for us. I did enjoy 150 Central Park, but my wife did not care for the menu. Giovanni's table was fabulous and Chops was very good. Typically, Windjammer is not may favorite place to be just because of the shear number of people heading to the trough at once. However, the food was great and the fact that they had wait staff greeting you at the door, locating and busing tables made this the best experience of three cruises. Johnny Rockets was great. Breakfast in the main dining room one morning was great. Relaxing and fresh, warm eggs. If anyone has not yet tried the raisin bread, you are missing the best thing on the boat!

New boat, new beds, new everything, it was wonderful. Balcony was nice.

Headliner, ice show, Come fly with me and comedians were all excellent. Did not see Hairspray. The water show was outstanding. On formal night do not sit in the first 3 rows, you will get wet. I reserved all of our diner and show times before the cruise so we did everything we wanted when we wanted. This however, may be a little too structured for a vacation. I did like the size of the Voyager class ships where you could just walk into a show when you felt like it and found a good seat.

St. Thomas morning we took a taxi to Megan's bay. Nice beach and good value at $13.00 per person. Afternoon we took the Turtle cove sail and snorkel on St. Thomas. The turtles are cute but the coral and fish are not that great in this area. The sail, however was fantastic. The sail crew team was great and the rum was good too. On St. Martin we took the Art tour. This was probably the best shore excursion that we have been on. We were on a small bus made for about 20 people. We only had 12 people on our bus so it was very comfortable. Our tour guide, Lisa, originally from the midwest, has lived on St. Martin since the 1980's so as we traveled the entire perimeter of the island, she provided some excellent insights to life and history of the island. We visited the homes and studios of 5 internationally know artist. Beautiful views for the sightseeing value alone. The variety of the artist work was a great mix. What we liked some others did not and vice versa. Water colors, oils, acrylics, sculpture, abstract, land/seascapes. All the artist were very welcoming and very personable. Prices from $10 to $5,000. This is not the island junk you see in a lot of ports. This is great art talent.

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