Just got Back! OASIS E. Carib - Random Thoughts / Any Questions?
Did the March 26 - April 2 Cruise. I'll try to answer any questions.
Big boat, rooms fine, food -no complaints for what you expect, toilets flush nice, getting aboard is A LOT FASTER than getting off, main deck (5) is like a live shopping channel, shows OK - corny like all these places, also lots of corny activities, lots of ways to spend more money, deck chairs by pool are like a sardine can, people from all over the world, mostly nice, cabin attendants a little too intrusive, guard you table at the buffet, get to the first formal night - free champagne, also free champagne at the art auctions,
anything goes on fromal nights white tuxes to t-shirts, brought a sports jacket & wore it for an hour each formal night, islands are nice for a walk-off, weather was great, don't try to sneak liquor on board,
for sick jokes, keep asking people to "press Deck 13 " on the elevators, and say "good morning Sir" to all the staff all day long , no matter what time it is...
found it all a bit repetitive by the end, ...OK, but won't be rushing back for another cruise... maybe I'm missing something.
About the 4th day I started singing the lyrics to the Beach Boys "Sloop John B" song over & over to myself...
Jargey 3000, sounds like you got by OK; and appears that cruising is not really to your liking. Perhaps the ship was to big for you to enjoy and you were overwhelmed by the size and number of cruisers on board. Sometimes a smaller ship is easier to navigate and gives more of a relaxed atmosphere..One needs to find out what works.
...nah.... I can handle crowds & bigness ... It's big - so what?
What kind of did overwhelm me was the constant effort to relieve you of more of your money ... so geared towards spending....
and to be honest ... it was all a bit fake & boring ... I sat & watched people go by on that deck 5 day after day & the majority of people just didn't LOOK happy .. I think people get a mind-set that they've spent all this money & they're going to say they had a fabulous time come hell or high water.
I know people do 20, 30, 50 cruise & prob I'm missing something., but I'd really like to know : what is / are the main reasons people keep coming back?
Welcome back! Thanks for your comments. Have you been on other cruises?
I agree that a smaller ship may be a better fit, or an itinerary that visits new places. It sounds like you had reasonable expectations for the cruise, and hat the vacation met your expectations. Perhaps a mire upscale ship, as their entertainment tends to be fewer "Broadway-style revues" and more unique concerts and lectures.
yes, you're prob. right on my expectations sandy.
I'm not big on lectures either, sorry..
Yes, we did enjoy a Mediterranean cruise a few years back ...
I say "enjoy" now... at the time we were exhausted from trying to keep to the schedule & see everything.
Again, I would ask - what is /are the main things that attract people to repeat cruses?
We have been to "All Inclusives" and also utilized time shares that other family members had allowed us to use as they weren't able to. We find "All Inclusives" not to our liking and time shares either as they require one to eat in or find restaurants each evening.
Being on the ocean, visiting different islands, having various dining options at hand are great. Not everyone thinks cruising is what they want to be doing; we enjoy being at sea, and enjoying what it has to offer us. We try to set up our cruises based on new islands each time and like to seek out tours on these islands (outside of the cruise lines) to enjoy something unique or to our liking. Sometimes we do an off and on and just enjoy the day with the pool and ship without all the other cruisers. The value is certainly there for us. We have been on both large and smaller ships with three different cruise lines and each offers a different experience.
I do agree with you to a certain point about being offered things and some up selling being done by the cruise lines. We get asked the first couple of evenings in the dining room if we want "the drink of the day" and we politely say no and I will usually let the person know that we won't be interested and that will end. The beverage servers around the pool and at the various venues are there to offer a service and if they weren't around, we would be looking for them and wondering why we have to walk to the pool bar for a refreshment.
We have only purchased the ships pictures a couple of times, find them a little expensive but for a single updated, professional picture, it beats going to a studio.
For us, we look forward to spending some time pre cruise at a different city/country and then visiting new places.
Welcome back! My family and I keep on cruising because we love every aspect of it from start to finish. For the last month or so leading up to my cruises, it is literally all I can think about. I enjoy arriving at the port, seeing the ship for the first time, dropping off my bags and even standing in line to get on the ship and from there, it gets even better. I enjoy exploring the ship and even purchasing my first drink from the bar, even if it costs $8. I love the feeling of not having anything that I have to do all week (except the dreaded muster drill) and the freedom to do whatever I want. I am always on one of the outdoor decks when the ship first releases its moorings and pushes away from the dock and at that moment, I literally feel butterflies in my stomach. I enjoy walking into the dining room and meeting the wait staff for the first time and reading the label on the first bottle of wine that I order, even if it cost four times what it would have in my home town. I enjoy waking up the first morning (pretty much before anyone else on the ship is awake) and getting my first cup of coffee and going outside to feel and smell the salty ocean air. At that point, I usually feel completely satisfied and feel as if my vacation ended at that point, it would have been worth it. I especially enjoy the sea days when there is literally nothing to do. I love escorting my beautiful wife (she really is unbelievably gorgeous) to the first formal night and enjoying her company at dinner. I love watching the ship pull into the first port of call and I marvel at the way these mega ships are engineered to do what they do.
I especially love just being on the ocean. You never truly understand what is meant by "The deep blue sea" until you have seen it with your own eyes. The color of the water is breathtaking.
I had intended to say a whole lot more, but it is Monday morning and I have to leave for the salt mine so I can afford my upcoming cruises. The bottom line is that, yes, there are a few hassles along the way, like waiting in line, or occasionally dealing with rude guests. However, the good far outweighs the bad and it is my belief that anyone who doesn't have a great time on a cruise is trying hard not to.
Thanks for the thought provoking post. You have once again renewed my passion for cruising and have made this Monday morning more tolerable for me.
Thanks Brad & Peter!
Maybe I'm just a 'landlubber' at heart.
But don't get me wrong...I'ved lived all my life on a (small) island in the North (unfortunately!) Atlantic...so I do see the sea in all her raging & other glories everyday! (We've been fishing here in fishing "boats" for over 500 years now ... that's why I call everything on the water , including behemoths like the Oasis , "boats", not "ships".)
We even have a popular song here: "Thank God We're Surrounded By Water!" (sample lyrics" The sea, oh the sea, the wonderful sea. Long may she roam between nations & me...")
We have cruise ships in here all the time with guys - like you I guess - just to be on the ocean & visit somewhere different. Yes, I've done the all-inclusives etc. and each vacation has it's own joys AND hassles!
Thanks for sharing your views . it's nice to know. It's like everything, I guess:
"To Each His Own"
Me? My next vacation wil probably? be back in sunny Florida ... where we can choose IF we wnat stay in alone OR go out to dinner; we can just hop in the rental car & go whereever; go play some golf or tennis; go find a crowd OR avoid one; go to the liquor store & buy an $8 BOTTLE of wine (haha); go play some golf or tennis; go for a walk or jog on the BEACH...etc...
now,,, what were those hassles ...???
Anyway I too have to get to the saltwater mines this morning!
"Fair Winds & Happy Sailing, Mates! "
Everyone has a different perspective. I loved reading about your everyday surroundings. For people who live on the ocean, do they long for a change of surroundings when on vacation, perhaps to the mountains or at least dry land? And for those of us who can't see the ocean every day, is our change of scene automatically near water? Perhaps so!
The appeal of a cruise for me is not so much to actually be ON the ocean, although I do love watching it go by from an outdoor lounge chair. The appeal to me is the variety of things to do, to see, to eat, to watch, all contained in one container. I can take advantage of as much or as little as I like, still have time and space for brisk walks or exercise classes, or for doing what I don't get to do in my everyday life, like sit and read. Plus, this container goes places, so I can see a variety of places without the hassle of repeatedly packing, unpacking, traveling between cities or islands, checking in, checking out.
I'm not much for water sports, so Caribbean cruises have been less interesting to me in the last several years than some of the more interesting sightseeing cruises, sailing among the Greek Islands or to many stops on the Black Sea, or the Hawaiian islands, etc. I've really appreciated spending most days exploring interesting places, and then going "home" to some great food and an evening at leisure. Waking up in a new country each morning holds endless appeal for me.
Cruising is not everyone's first choice of vacation, and even those who love cruising, as I do, opt for land based vacations on occasion. It's wonderful to have so many choices.
Welcome back jargey3000. Glad to hear it was at least OK. I'm not into the huge ships, either, although I thoroughly enjoyed the Epic. The shows were great, Blue Man, Second City, Legends, etc.
The reasons I love cruising so much are: The ships, the ocean, the ports, the food, unpacking once, snorkeling, hot tubs, fantastic crews, awesome destinations, being pampered, the ocean breeze, the activities, not having to worry about what I'm going to have for dinner, not having the worry about driving, not having to worry about anything.
Y'all can have the land vacations. I love waking up in a new port every day