I don't remember how much we paid for that first cruise on the Freedom, but I remember it was expensive enough, that I didn't even consider a balcony. It was me, my husband and son. A few months before we sailed, the price dropped, and we got a credit refund of $700. That helped alot. Maybe that will happen to the Oasis. Outrageous prices in the beginning. The ship isn't filling up, and they drop the price. Most people will have to fly, I assume, to get there. If airfares are still ridiculous due to gas prices, people might be more reluctant to fly. Maybe they might have a hard time filling the ship up. Oh well, I guess we'll find out.