Well, they say that all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, our week on board the amazing Oasis of the Seas has cone to an end.
It was an amazing time. Before we boarded, everyone told me that we wouldn’t be able to see everything in a week because the ship is too large. They were right!
Overall, this was our favorite cruise we have ever been on. The ship never seemed “busy” except in the Windjammer. Royal Caribbean has the best entertainment at sea. You can tell they spend money to ensure that the quality and variety of entertainment is the best around. From Broadway musicals, production shows, ice skating shows, aqua shows, headliners and comedians (to name just some) – they have it covered.
Food was outstanding with one notable exception – breakfast in the Windjammer buffet. I found the food there to be bland. On our cruise, we experienced the main dining room (with new menus), Izumi Sushi, Solarium Bistro, Windjammer, Chops Grille and 150 Central Park (twice!). Each and every meal, including the main dining room, was amazing. There were a few duds in the MDR, but, overall, I found the food quality and offerings outstanding.
Service on board was great. From our room steward, MDR waiter & assistant waiter, specialty restaurant waiters, and bartenders, service was consistently friendly and hospitable.
Here is a list of Oasis of the Seas Tips, Tricks & Secrets:
- There is an observation deck above the bridge wings on deck 14. To access, go forward on the port side passenger corridor.
- The trellis bar in Central Park on deck 8 at night is a nice hangout (and great for the last cocktail of the night)
- Be sure to make reservations in advance for the comedy club – the shows are very popular and you may not get in without a reservation
- Make your other entertainment reservations in advance or immediately once on board as well – things like the aqua show fill up
- Breakfast in Johnny Rockets is complimentary
- Breakfast is available in the Park Cafe in Central Park
- Made to order omelets are available in the Wipeout Cafe, Johnny Rockets or Main Dining Room for breakfast (not in the Windjammer)
- There are extra large balconies adjacent to the plant wall in Central Park (nearly double the size)
- The Zipline and Flowrider are quietest when the first open
- The ship never feels busy or full – except in the Windjammer at peak times
- The Main Dining Room offers a buffet at breakfast in addition to the menu
- Central Park in the evening is very quiet
- If you drink more than 5 drinks per day, get the drink package!
- On deck 6 in the boardwalk, behind the aqua theaters, there is an observation area and shuffleboard
- A “prohibition party” is heald onboard – but must be booked in advance online (in the entertainment section). There is a fee to participate. The information on where the party is will be found in your stateroom along with the “secret password” to attend.
- Solarium Bistro has lunch most days – offering lighter and healthier options
- Boleros (latin club) was extremely popular and gets more and more packed as the week goes on
- Starbucks on board never has a line
- Look in all of the brass telescopes and chrome binoculars found on board the ship. They each have different items to view, and have a sign explaining what you’re viewing.
- The Boardwalk Doghouse on the boardwalk has different types of buns that are available upon request
- Self-assist disembarkation (take your own bags off) is a breeze. You can get off as early as 6:30am and there are no lines.
- Voom internet was definitely a great value and works well. If you get the upload/download plan, and your wireless phone has Wi-Fi calling, it works well for phone calls too.
- Quest adult game show is extremely funny – if you are easily offended, do not attend
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