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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. Just got off the Aug 11 sailing on the Caribbean Princess to the western Caribbean. Will likely write up a complete review later, but for reference, it is possible to connect your HDMI device to the new TVs that are part of OceanView/Ocean Medallion on Caribbean Princess. Our room had new 4K LG TVs that were roughly 40-45 inches. The procedure is a bit tricky and unintuitive, but here is the procedure: Connect your HDMI device to the HDMI port on the left side of the TV. Use the open HDMI above the ethernet port that the OceanView box uses. Using the remote, launch one of the live TV channels. The bridge camera or the ship information channel usually work, but you may have to try one of the live TV channels (e.g. MSNBC). Reach under the middle of the TV to find the on-TV directional jogger. Press in once to open the circular four-way menu, then toggle left and select the input selector. A menu will open on the right side of the TV. There should be a red dot next to "Live TV" (if the dot is next to HDMI, you didn't do step two correctly). Toggle down to HDMI and select it. This should successfully switch the input to your HDMI device. Audio carries over HDMI like it should, but do note that at least on our TV, the edge calibration was a little off and I lost about 2% of the edges. Let me know if you have any questions about this or anything else on the Caribbean Princess.
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