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  1. We were in 11914. Can confirm there's a floor to ceiling window with a view of the boardwalk. The main downside is that I think our room was smaller than then typical interior room. There was only enough room for a one-person armchair, versus a two-person sofa that I believe is standard.
  2. True, strictly speaking, but guest services has always been willing to rebook me for another time (if it's available, of course).
  3. Yes! That was what they called it. It was on day 7 on the Jan 5 sailing though.
  4. We're only occasional cruisers but were on Caribbean Princess last year and just got off Oasis last week. Here are some differences that we care about: Princess doesn't track pool towels. You can take as many as you want from a pile by the pool deck, or near the gangway when docked. It's a small thing, but it removes one hassle and is oddly exhilarating. Speaking of towels, Princess doesn't do towel animals. In the MDR, dessert is on a separate menu, delivered after the main course. Again, this is a small thing, but I frequently misjudge how much room I'll have after appetizers and entrees, so being able to decide later is a big plus. Princess opens one MDR for an embarkation luncheon for all passengers. Staterooms are unlocked on embarkation day, so you can go in and drop off your bags in your room while it's still being prepped. For us, this is the difference that lets us skip giving our bags to the porter altogether and not having to wait for them to be delivered. Princess does an afternoon tea event in the MDR on sea days, involving tea and pastries. We only got to watch One Sky and Cats on Oasis of the Seas and the Princess shows were vastly better. On Caribbean Princess, the flagship show was called Fantastic Journey and it was a pretty good show overall. Room service is completely free, except for late night deliveries I think. Princess offers a soda package that allows you to get almost all non-alcoholic drinks (e.g. pina coladas, etc) for something like $8/day. This same package is $30+ on RCCL, which significantly changes the calculus for occasional drinkers like us. If this sounds like an RCCL bashing, in some ways it is, but at the end of the day, these are small things. We enjoyed the sheer volume of activities and entertainment on Oasis immensely, and those benefits can easily outweigh all of these nitpicks.
  5. I was on the Jan 5 sailing. There are two music channels, which you select using the same switch you use to turn it on/off. The headphones change color between green and blue depending on which channel you're on. AFAIK, the two channels are not synced in any way in terms of beat, so you'll get people dancing to two different songs. No outdoor deck party late at night, other than in the solarium. Studio B does convert into a dance club, but I think that was only on the last night during an event. Other nights, Studio B is used for the ice show, laser tag, or some other game shows.
  6. Not to be that person, and of course this depends on a million other factors, but all else being equal, a larger ship like Oasis is actually less prone to wind forces than a smaller ship. It all has to do with the scaling of surface area vs volume. Imagine two cubes, one 2 ft on each edge, and the other 3 ft on each edge. The smaller cube has a volume of 8 cubic feet and a maximum surface area of 4 square feet exposed to the wind. The larger cube has a volume of 27 cubic feet, but only a maximum of 9 square feet exposed to the wind. Thus the larger cube has much more area to act as a sail, but a proportionally even larger amount of volume. Assuming cubes/ships are of similar density, this means that the larger cube/ship experiences less acceleration due to wind.
  7. Would like to know this as well. Additionally, is Hibachi included in the UDP? I've always read that it, Chef's Table, and other experiences weren't.
  8. According to this link, it's not: http://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Royal/Oasis/19067356_OA_Amplified_Trade_Flyer.pdf
  9. Thanks for the feedback everyone! Oasis is actually going into dry dock this November and is getting Playmaker's and the Abyss slide, so I've been looking at images from Symphony to get a sense of the sight lines and what's visible. It looks like that from 7321, the awning of Playmaker's and the cover of Abyss do obstruct a large part of the boardwalk, but at least there is a view of the Aqua Theater and there's definitely daylight, so that's a big plus.
  10. I've been looking at a cruise on Oasis of the Seas for January 2020 and there appeared to be some phantom availability for Promenade View Interiors, where it showed up as an option when selecting the room but no rooms were available. After repeatedly checking over a few days, I managed to snag room 7321. I normally would not care for a view of the promenade, but according to deck plans, there are eight rooms on Deck 7 of every Oasis-class ship that overlook the boardwalk (and are below Boardwalk View Balcony cabins). They're located directly above where Johnny Rockets or Playmakers are, on either side. Oddly, these are sold as Promenade View cabins, but they definitely don't have a view of the promenade. If anyone has experienced one of these cabins, I have a few questions: Does the room get a meaningful amount of daylight? Is the view of the boardwalk interesting enough to justify a small premium over a windowless room? Any overall impressions of this room specifically? What does the window area of the room look like from the interior? Typical Promenade View cabins have a large bay window with built-in seating but based on photos of the boardwalk, these windows are round porthole-style. If anyone has any pictures of these cabins, that would be extremely helpful. Thanks!
  11. I'm almost certain this won't work. I did a lot more digging and discovered that these new TVs connect to the set top box or server through a protocol called b-LAN, which is why you only see an Ethernet cable coming out of the TV. The TV themselves have a built in set top box-like device (which you control with the Princess remote), and receives video over IP. Some of these TVs still have an external set-top box, though, but they still connect upstream via Ethernet, so it's functionally the same. The simplified version of what I'm trying to explain is that a cable either carries video (e.g. HDMI) or data (e.g. USB or Ethernet). All laptops, iPads, DVD players, etc. only output a video signal (if your device has ethernet, that's likely so it can connect to the internet). The OceanView TVs have their own set top box built in, and the Ethernet connection is for them to receive data from the on-ship intranet—it's not a video input and no passenger device will work with it.
  12. The new OceanView TVs on Caribbean Princess don't have an existing HDMI cable attached to them, only an ethernet cable between the set top box and the TV.
  13. Oh gosh that's a different TV that what we had. I bet the same or a similar procedure works though. The idea is that you need to plug directly into one of the HDMI ports on the TV (it may be behind that white box, or on the other side of the TV) and change the output using the on-TV controller, as the remote provided doesn't allow for input switching. The trick that I figured out, at least on our TV, is that you need to switch to a live TV channel on the Princess box before you can switch to your own input. Let us know how it goes!
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