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Old 02-09-2010, 12:39 PM
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Welcome back Corkgirl !

I am enjoying reading your reviews, just love your expressions ! Very fair review, keep it going corkgirl !
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This afternoons instalment!!

Sports Deck and Pools

Right here we go, ok well I love the fact that the ship is sooo much wider than other ships we've sailed on having said that theres a big hole in the middle!!! Leaving lovely light streaming onto Central Park.

I felt when the band played by the pool decks they were kinda playing into that 'hole' if you know what I mean, there were people on either side of them but just that empty space in front! I found this area quite busy, I know our sailing was full with 6200 passengers I believe and 2104 staff, so it was pretty mad. I had asked Dave about reggae music before I left but I surprised myself by staying in the Solarium rather than the pool decks with the band. It was far more relaxing. there were 500 children on board but they never bothered us Im assuming they were mostly involved in the adventure ocean thingy. and of course older children were in School.

The two flow riders were busy all the time. I saw some guys get really annoyed because they were sprayed with water from people on the flowriders, now these people were looking for a birds eye view of the action and were sitting on the bottom row of tiered seating, not sure if they expected free umbrellas to be delivered or what but I thought it was a bit unnecessary to start showing the long face and the 'Oh My God' how could that happen look! So just sit up on the back row you're not going to get wet there, and anyway its only a bit of a laugh! The flow rider on one side catered for surfers who wanted to stand up and surf and the other one catered for boogie boarders. i honestly dont know how the staff keep up the momentum and patience, because of the queues up the side of the flow rider, the kids get their two minutes of fame, get wiped out and are back in line before you can blink!

It was great fun to watch and it ran from 9am to 6pm daily, you can also avail of private lessons at a cost of course if you want to improve your skills. The little golf course thingy was near these two flow riders along with a bar in the centre.

Its nice to look down on Central Park from the sports deck and its lovely at night with all the twinkling little lights, and of course you have the zip line here too. I didnt go on it but the few people I did nearly crashed on the other side, you land with some 'bang' off the end. thats why they're wearing crash helmets, they've just built up momentum when the whole thing is over!! Wouldnt like to be in one of the rooms over looking central park with people on the zip line roaring all the way for the 10 seconds it takes to do the trip!!!

Again you have the usual basket ball court, table tennis which is now indoors, then the kids night club and hangouts.

Although there were plenty free sun beds it seemed very busy on sea days.

The pools around were pretty busy too one night Id say there were close on 32 people in the jacuzzi that over looks the water, cant think of the name of it. Im like hmmm someones gonna land that thing in the sea if anyone else pops their bum in there!

Over all the sports decks were fine, busy, and the only slight problem is the band playing in the centre are playing to 'nothing' as there is the big 'hole' in front of them, im sure it bothers no one when you're lying out with your eyes closed, but me,, im fussy!!!!!
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Corkgirl, thanks for your ongoing review of Oasis and enjoying your twist on words that we don't hear very often but certainly know what they convey. Thanks so much.

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Hi Peter thats the Irish in me I guess!!! More to follow
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:11 AM
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Corkgirl,
I know with me, my family is from Scotland and uses many of the same phrases and when you use them it brings back many great memories !

Keep it coming, I look forward to it !
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I'm enjoying your reviews, too, Corkgirl. Thanks for writing them.
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Did you do any of the formal nights? We are trying to decide if we should do them. Did they serve lobster? Did they sing and dance, or do anything??? Just curious. Lil' Lori
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Hi Lil'Lori,

There were only a handful of tuxedos on formal night, not many dress up anymore, lots of men with sports jackets and shirts (no ties) women even wore trousers and tops. Its gone very informal, we dressed up both nights, but not in tuxedos and big ball gowns just a shirt and tie and a nice dress for me! If its your first cruise its nice to get a picture taken in a tux but otherwise dont go to the expense of it. The lobster night was the Thursday night of the cruise. The first formal night is Sunday and the second one Thursday (im nearly sure) as for dancing and singing yes! All that throwing the napkin in the air and whizzing it around zzz lol!!!
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:37 PM
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Ok guys moving onto the Casino,

None of us are big gamblers, not gamblers at all in fact but I always like to have a go on the slot machines. Like Liberty, Oasis has non coin machines, where you just get a slip of paper out of the machine with a bar code on it to collect your winnings. I think it takes from the atmosphere of the casino not seeing physical coins popping out of the bottom!

And also when you 'cash out' your ticket you hear that 'ting ting ting' sound as you do when you win, so you might not have won anything but want to change to another machine and you 'cash out' and the poor guy next to you feels like crap cos he thinks you've won a fortune, while in actual fact your just collecting the remainder of the money you've put in!!

Its the only place on the ship where you can use dollars, initially you insert money into the machine and from there on in you will receive your balance on bar coded slips.

You can also use your seapass card to use the machines but its either 2% or 3% charge to do this.

the Casino is supposed to be 50% smoking 50% non smoking. and it seemed to me it was about 70% smoking and 30% non smoking!! Also some of the 'good machines' like Deal or No Deal did not feature in my non smoking section so I was a bit gutted! I didnt want to smell like an ash tray the next morning so I did my wheeling and dealing on the clean side!!!

We went down on the first day for an introduction to the different tables. This was offered Free of Charge. My God were some of those games complicated. Throw a few drinks into the mixture and we probably would be heading for loan sharks when we came home! I didnt find the staff helpful when we wanted to know how to play some of the games, they were kinda 'amazed' we didnt know how to play blackjack n stuff lol, funny I know, I think we'll stick to playing the card game 'snap' from now on, its less expensive!!

The casino seemed very big on this ship but maybe its the same size as others.

Not a major fan of it seeing as I dont get dirty coins out of the machines but I did win 80 dollars on a roulette machine, totally by mistake I had bet incorrectly and it just happened to come up, otherwise I would have lost my big amount of 15.44!
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What about any "theme" nights in the dining room. For example, on the Freedom of the Seas they had a surfing/hawaiian themed attire evening for one night in the dining room. Did they do anything like that. Thanks, Lil Lori
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