Neighborhood: Pool and Sports Deck/Entertainment Place.
The final areas most of my time I was spent is out on the pool soaking up, or trying to soak up the sun. Most of the soaking I was getting was from all the rain this trip had. Out on deck there are a number of pools including the H2O Zone for kids, 3 main pools, the Solarium and of course the two Flowriders.
There were times when these pools were packed with people. And other times when the pools were nearly deserted. But hey, it's a cruise, it's summer and we're at sea. So what else can be expected? About the only rating that can be done for the pools is as follows:
Are there enough chairs?
Can you see the ocean?
Is bar service slow to respond to a given order?
In short, there is PLENTY of seating, PLENTY of places to view the ocean if that is your thing, and bar service like pretty much any other service on the ship is quick, fast and in a hurry. Never waited longer than 2 or 3 minutes after placing an order with a bartender. And if you would rather go up to a bar, there are numerous to choose from.
I found the Solarium to be a nice place to sit and relax. Though, when the sun did finally make it's presence known, the Solarium felt as if it was one giant magnifying glass. Even with the Solarium not being fully enclosed in a glass roof and the windows being open at the front to allow for air circulation, this only had a small effect. But this did not deter me as I prefer an adults only area. At night it's even better as there is virtually nobody in the Solarium and this was where a lot of time was spent when it was time for some relaxation for me.
On the aft of the ship, is where the Flowrider, Zip Line and other areas like the putt putt course, basketball court and ping pong tables. I never had a chance to get on the Flowrider and the next time I end up on a ship with one I am doing it. No questions asked. I managed to do the Zip Line twice which was fun. And you don't really realize how high above the Boardwalk you are until you start rolling along the cable above everything.
With all of the activities to do out on deck you should never have to worry about being bored. In fact, I couldn't find enough time to do everything I wanted to do. Hmm, guess that means I'll need to book another cruise on Oasis or Allure to finish what I started. Oh darn.
And here is a few pictures from on deck.
Switching gears after drying off, it was time to go down to the entertainment place. If I wasn't eating, at a show, or at the pool, chances are you would find me in Casino Royal. As I mentioned earlier in the review, I love the fact that RCCL has this casino in a 50/50 set up. Smoking doesn't bother me, but my girlfriend has a really bad reaction to second hand smoke which meant on our prior cruises she would not go near the Casino. This go around she was finally able to join me. Now if I could get her to not be so bummed out over losing a few pennies on a penny slot. I spent all of about 3 minutes on the slot machines. I took 4 quick pulls after tossing a 20 into a dollar slot. On the 4th pull I won $90. All while my g/f was cashing out her $3.00 ticket. Needless to say she got a tad jealous.
Cashed out and headed to the Roulette table. And Roulette was my home in the casino for the duration of the time. Made a few friends there and even had the pleasure of playing with a "high roller" who made each spin that much more enjoyable for me. In total, I probably won close to $500 throughout the week. Not too shabby for a game they say to avoid at all costs.
Exiting the casino heading to the forward section of the ship, you pass Blaze, Studio B and the Comedy Club. I hit on Studio B earlier as well as the comedy club. All I can add for the Comedy Club is this... Why does the biggest cruise ship in the world have the smallest comedy club?? You'd think they would allocate a little more room than they did.
But overall, given the areas I spent the majority of my time in, I can say with great confidence Royal Caribbean will be in a league of their own with Oasis and her sister Allure for some time. I don't see any other ships out there now or ones coming out in the near future that will offer everything Oasis and Allure do. While Oasis isn't my favorite ship thus far, I will be back on it in a heartbeat to do everything I missed out on the first go 'round.
I would give the ship, as a whole, a rating of 4 out of 5. From an engineering aspect, it is a modern day marvel. The entertainment it offers is second to none. The food is very good, but I have been on smaller ships that offer better dining in the Main Dining Room. The service was right on par with all other RCCL ships I have been on.
I only have 2 requests. On Oasis III can we PLEASE have more seating for Windjammer?? And I would like more late night options other than just Sorrento's.
Other areas worth noting:
While walking through the ship you will find several different places that have what appear to be binoculars mounted on a pole. These have all sorts of different pictures in them. There are also these small, I'll call them poles, that are mounted throughout the ship which have a glass eye at the top of them. Looking down into these you will also see several different things from close up.
Here are some pics from them. I found that they gave a fun little touch to the ship because you never knew what you would see in them.
And with that, I believe the review will be concluded. Some say Oasis and Allure are too big. Some say there's too much to do. And to that, I say no matter your age, no matter your taste, and no matter the reason your are choosing to cruise with Royal Caribbean. This ship has anything and everything you could plan to do in a weeks time and is proof that Royal Caribbean really does design for WOW.
Hope you all have enjoyed. Anything I have not hit on in this review that you want to know about, please, feel free to comment. I will also upload more pictures with a link posted so everybody can see more of the ship and Ports of Call than is posted here.