Oasis of the Seas
One of the world’s largest cruise ships makes an instant impression. Everything is done in a big way.
The first thing I noticed was the efficient and smooth boarding process. This is a ship that you can walk right on board and go to your cabin. Do not think that getting there early will give you an edge. We arrived at 1:00 PM and there was no line and the cabins were ready.
Royal Caribbean wanted things to be special. They took things from the Freedom and Voyager Class ships and incorporated them into this magnificent floating resort. One example is the ice rink plus there are 2 zip lines, 2 40’ rock climbing walls, 2 flow riders, a miniature golf course and a merry go round. There is a pool on deck 6 aft at the AquaTheatre which hosts an acrobatic and diving show. These are just a few of the special things you can find on Oasis of the Seas. Oasis has a large and well-equipped fitness center. It also has a special walking and jogging track area around deck 5. This is a separate space for those that want to get their exercise without having to dodge other passengers.
The ship has a maximum capacity of 6296 passengers. This could mean lines and crowds, but it is very rare that you have to deal with either. I also noticed that there were passengers of all ages. Many were multi-generational families celebrating special occasions. The ship does provide a large pool, whirlpool and relaxation area for passengers over 16 years of age.
The cabins are comfortable. There is a decent amount of storage and a good sized closet.
Bedding is very comfortable. The bathroom is just that—a medium-sized bathroom.
My cabin was a Central Park Balcony. It did seem strange to be sitting on a balcony on a ship and not see the water. Central Park is beautifully landscaped and a pleasure to look at. The only drawback to Central Park is the music from the pool area during the day.
The other area with balconies that do not face the sea is Boardwalk. The boardwalk is in the aft and has a very beachside atmosphere. Boardwalk is more open to the air.
The entertainment is diverse and the venues are well laid out and comfortable. Specialty dining restaurants offer diverse menus and excellent service. You can book entertainment and specialty dining prior to boarding. Please show up for your shows or dining if you have made reservations. If you decide not to go please cancel your reservations. We saw empty seats in the theatres and empty tables in the specialty restaurants because of no shows.
The piers for ships this size had to be custom built or can only accommodate one or two ships. The pier in Nassau was not a different one, but the ones in St. Thomas and St Martin were ones I had never been docked at.